While this might come as a shock to some of our younger readers, there was a time when Leisure Suit Larry wasn’t associated with the video game equivalent of train wrecks. Sure, Magna Cum Laude might have absolutely killed the franchise, and Box Office Bust somehow gave your Xbox 360 a venereal disease, but before that Leisure Suit Larry was actually a series of entertaining and funny adventure games. Apparently, the guys over at Replay Games had the same love for the series that I did, because they were unwilling to let Leisure Suit Larry rot in whatever level of video game hell he was stuck in. Not only did they launch a successful Kickstarter campaign, they managed to beg adventure game god and guy who was in no way responsible for the last two travesties, Al Lowe, to come back and provide some mouth to mouth to Leisure Suit Larry to save him for their upcoming remake of the first game in the series.
Titled Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, the little bits and pieces we’ve seen, plus the promise of new and improved puzzles has me optimistic about the franchise for the first time in over a decade. While it has been pushed back a couple of times now, the totally final HEY EVERYONE WE’RE SUPER SERIOUS THIS TIME release date of sometime later this month (way to be definitive, guys) is rapidly approaching and we’re starting to finally see some very sexy leakage (of content).
The soundtrack for the game was released yesterday and is available to download for $6. Although perhaps something more gameplay related would have been preferable, the soundtrack is already better than anything offered in the last two games in the series. Opting out of the low budget porn feel of the last two games, the soundtrack is decidedly low on BOW CHICKA BOW WOW and heavy on jazz influenced tunes from Grammy nominated composer Austin Wintory, best known for his work in flOw and Journey. The opening track, Larry Reloaded, is absolutely outstanding and bursting with nostalgic value. While it is perhaps the high point of the album, there are many other excellent tracks including the one featuring the lone vocal performance by Melora Hardin. Check it out if you’re looking for some Leisure Suit Larry nostalgia or if you’re just a fan of excellent video game music, because the whole soundtrack is worth listening to at least one time through.