Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Die Review

No game series seemed tied to the past like Leisure Suit Larry. It’s a franchise based on one of the most antiquated of genres, the point-and-click adventure game, featuring the kind of crass humor that was perhaps stagnant even at the time. Nonetheless, much like fellow 1980s characters like Mega Man, Larry Laffer has made a return to the modern gaming scene, through .

Although the sleazy pun of its name suggests that Larry is back, (genital) warts and all, developer Crazy Bunch has attempted to modernize the series in a few ways. For long-time fans of the character, Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Die does still contain all of the franchise’s core tropes, from its traditional adventure game mechanics through to the puerile comedy and the need to take a long shower after playing. That said, the team has taken Larry’s character and looked at him, at least a little, through a modern lens.

Wet Dreams Don’t Die takes the classic version of Larry Laffer and deposits him firmly into today’s world, thankfully ignoring some of the more recent games in the series and instead giving Larry a fish out of water element. Having last experienced technology and culture in the 1980s, instead he now has to contend with the era of smartphones, and this adds an additional layer of desperate to a character already feeling outdated – this time by design.



This is something of a double-edged sword when it comes down to it. Although it manages to allow the title to occasionally poke fun at both Larry’s sordid past and the absurdities of the point-and-click adventure format, it also leads to some of the weakest humor in the game. In particular, some of the cringeworthy names given for apps – Instagram becomes InstaCrap, for instance – have a particularly cringeworthy quality to them, feeling like the kind of tired joke an elderly relative would make about ‘kids these days’.

On the whole, though, there’s a light-hearted and mildly raunchy tone that is nowhere near as awkward as earlier Leisure Suit Larry games. Yes, there’s a reliance on phallic imagery for laughs, and it often goes for low-hanging fruit such as hipsters or social media influencers, but there’s a playfulness to its tone that makes it clear there’s no attempt to pull off a biting satire here. Wet Dreams Don’t Die is a bit of fun, and most of that comes at Larry’s expense, which is exactly how it needs to be.

This is not a straight-up inversion of the previous games, so those looking for the Spec Ops: The Line of raunch adventure games (now there’s a thought) should keep dreaming, but at the very least those sharper edges have been filed down. Wet Dreams Don’t Die feels much less predatory than it could do, with characters – both men and women – more accepting to Larry’s ‘charms’ and treated in a much more positive manner, complete with calling out the character for his more sleazy moments. It’s still not perfect in this regard, but what could have left a sour taste is instead treated with much more care.



The way that this serves the plot is also carefully handled, with Larry’s obsession with moving up the rankings of Tinder stand-in Timber actually working rather well as a central framing device. In a way, this shows how the development team manages to walk that fine line between showing care for the franchise’s roots and original fans and bringing Larry to the modern day. There’s still an obsession with sex, now tied to that of public image, but this shift towards positivity means that the adventure genre machinations are much less creepy on the whole.

Gameplay-wise, things are the same as ever; there’s no attempt to rebuild the point-and-click as per Life is Strange here. This is very much an old-school adventure game, complete with random item combinations and the odd sense of a virtual Rube Goldberg machine, although thankfully most of the time Wet Dreams Don’t Die‘s puzzles do have a bit of sense behind them. Sometimes it does stray a little too close to King’s Quest for comfort, with some head-scratching moments that could leave players baffled, although thankfully these are few and far between.

All in all, then, Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Die is a throwback, but it knows it. There’s enough of an understanding both of its sordid past and its archaic genre history for it to work, with that ever-so-slight tonal tweak to stop its sordid elements from taking on a darker turn. Those who remember the likes of Maniac Mansion fondly will find a well-made adventure game, as long as they’re happy to revel in the low-brow humor.

is out now for PC and Mac. Screen Rant was provided with a PC download code for the purposes of this review.

3 out of 5 (Good)

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