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Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice

Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice is a comedic point & click. You would have guessed by the title that it contains a mature subject matters. If you are not sensitive and want to discover an engaging adventure game, keep on reading. The original Leisure Suit Larry series was developed by Al Lowe and published by Sierra Entertainment. Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice is a direct sequel of Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry. However each game stands on its own. They both have been developed by CrazyBunch and published by Assemble Entertainment.

You are not required to have played any of the previous Leisure Suit Larry titles to enjoy this latest installment. For clarity’s sake, I will include a quick resume without giving away too much of the story. In Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry, Larry is somehow transported from the 80s directly to the 21st century. Getting used to living in modern times is no small feat for him. He decides to try his luck at dating and ends up falling in love with the beautiful Faith, an assistant at a successful technology enterprise. A whole Larry’s style adventure ensues.

In this new Leisure Suit Larry game (Wet Dreams Dry Twice), we meet with Larry on the island of Cancum. In the aftermath of an explosion which took his beloved Faith. Larry is getting ready to be married off to a woman he has never met before. He is the center of a prophecy according to El Rey, the elder of Cancum. While getting ready for his wedding, he discovers that Faith is still alive. After the surprise fades, Larry sets out to leave the island and find the love of his life. Unfortunately he is not the only one who would love to put his hands on her. That is where the adventure begins. Larry accompanied by Pi, his loyal PiPhone’s assistant, find themselves embroiled in an evil plot while searching the world for the lovely Faith.

The artwork is loyal to the original Leisure Suit Larry series. The graphics cartoon-like aesthetics and uses of bright and bold colors scheme create a fun and amusing look. Leisure Suit Larry is a real flashback to the old classics of the point & click genre. The graphics and dialogues are both filled with innuendos, cheesy puns and some suggestible humor. Larry’s quirky and unrefined personality is tempered by Pi, the ever reasonable A.I. If you have played the older installments of the series, you will find the humor a bit different. It is the same crude and direct humor but the direction it takes is new. Larry is an awkward guy by nature and in the original games from Al Lowe, he was the eternal loner trying to find love. The jokes used to revolve around Larry getting rejected over and over. In this new game this is not the case, Larry does not seem to have as hard of a time with the girls which is not to say that it makes it any less enjoyable.

The game is the direct sequel to Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry, but do not worry. You will not have any problems getting into the narrative even if you are new to the series. The game opens with Larry and El Rey deep in a conversation. El Rey is the father of Larry’s bride to be. You have many questions you can choose to ask him. If you are new to the series, you will be able to ask El Rey what happened previously. He will then give you a quick recap of Wet Dreams Don’t Dry’s plot. I thought this was a thoughtful, fun, and creative way to bring the new players up to date and even if you are a seasoned player the recap is quite funny.

Larry has been directly transported to the 21st century, so he is a little rough around the edge. However, there are some interesting innovations to this new title. We even learn at the start of this game that Larry has been taking some sensitivity training. There is also the A.I. character, Pi. She is the one that keeps Larry in check when he goes to far. The relationship between those two characters is captivating. She is completely opposite to Larry’s raw personality. She is logical, polite and politically correct, a perfect sidekick. There are many other new features, like Larry’s cell phone. The phone acts as an in-game menu. The phone is a great way to revitalize the menu and features many different apps. There is the inventory, an Instacrap app that regroups all of the photos you take in-game, and many more. The Instacrap app is used mostly for items that are too big to carry, instead you just need to carry the object’s photo. Rather than the typical formula of combining items directly in your inventory to solve puzzles, Leisure Suit Larry uses the blueprint app. It is an engaging and novel idea that you will use when you need to build a contraption. It is a fun way to innovate. During the game, you find several blueprints to add to the app. Once you have a blueprint, you will be able to go in the app and view a drawing of the finish product and all the components needed to complete it. I enjoyed this new way to solve puzzles, but at times the contraptions are a bit convoluted and not always logical. I would have love if the components part of the blueprints contained more details. Other than that, I loved the concept.

Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice is an engaging game if you are not too sensitive. The humor can be crude, but if you are playing a Leisure Suit Larry game I imagine you know what to expect. It is a nice addition to the Leisure Suit Larry series and an entertaining adventure game on its own right. Visually it stays faithful to the original Sierra’s Leisure Suit Larry. However, the story and humor is not always true to the original Al Lowe’s humor style which does not mean that it is not a great episode on its own merit. If you like funny adventure games that do not take themself too seriously, Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice is a light quirky game that will keep you entertained throughout.

Written by Vee