I usually prefer not to judge games until I have played them all the way through. However I somehow make an exception for the “comedy” series Leisure Suit Larry . Those of you who do find constant, incontinent, willy jokes funny are in for a treat as Larry's latest adventure is now available for the budget price of £6.76 from Amazon. This is a decent saving of over £3 as the next best price is £9.99.
Larry Lovage is called upon by his uncle, the original “Leisure Suit Larry”, to work at his film studios, hunting out a mole in between acting as a general skivvy. The game features sandbox gameplay with a number of different modes of play: puzzles, racing, exploration and platforming amongst others. Do not assume that this makes for a varied and interesting time though noble reader! According to Gamespot, gameplay is “mindless” and “repetitive” and they could only find it within themselves to offer the game a dismal 2.5 out of 10. This is generous compared to some of the reviews I have seen: the words “worst game ever” seem to spring up a lot.
Examples I have seen of dialogue from the game are dreadful, sadly not of the “so bad it's good” variety but “so bad it's excruciating”. Offensive does not automatically equal “clever and edgy”, sometimes it's just stupid and unpleasant. The graphics are ugly and the controls apparently awful, in fact to cut a long story short I have so far seen nothing to recommend about this title.
Despite my instinct to avoid Larry's adventures like Margaret Thatcher with rabies, any game that is universally panned the way that Box Office Bust has been, somehow piques my interest. Maybe one of my friends will think it worth buying and I can give it a go then walk away with the smug weight of nearly £7 in my wallet.