I was exposed to Leisure Suit Larry and his many sultry shenanigans before I should have been. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't fresh out of diapers clicking through adult humor I couldn't possibly understand, but as a teenager closer to 13 than 18 when I first set virtual foot in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, my parents probably would have pulled the plug on my home brewed IBM clone with an upgraded Intel 386DX processor if they knew what was going on. I'm glad they didn't.
The reason I bring this up is because somehow, someway, series creator Al Lowe and Replay Games managed to pluck the Leisure Suit Larry license from Sierra's deathgrip and are planning to create a 2012 "Reloaded" version with updated graphics and jokes. They've reassembled the original team that created the first Larry game, which means it will be nothing like the bastardized versions -- Magna Cum Laude and Box Office Bust -- that were created without Al Lowe's involvement, but only if enough funds are raised.
This is one of the newest projects on Kickstarter.com, an online funding platform for everything from indie films to, well, remakes of the original Leisure Suit Larry game. For this to happen, Al Lowe and company need to raise at least $500,000. That isn't chump change, but after just two days, they're nearly 20 percent there.
There's a cumulative reward system culminating in a $50,000 or larger pledge, and anyone who puts up that much will be flown to Las Vegas for a weekend to hang out with Al Lowe and game writer Josh Mandel (bail money not included). Rewarded pledges start at a much more pedestrian $15, which gets you a "heartfelt download link (via Steam or DRM free version)." Pledges of $100 or more receive an actual physical copy of the game, a CD of the soundtrack, softcover version of the game's art book, and a Leisure Suit Larry brand condom (still in its wrapper, thankfully), plus everything that's included in the lower pledge tiers, like access to the beta versions. Larger pledges gets your name pixelized in the game credits, or even your mug slapped onto an in-game character.
The game itself is being released for PCs and tablets and will include a modern point-and-click/touchscreen interface, fully voiced over characters, and ultra-high resolution graphics. It will also feature "more of the humor that's made Al Lowe a household name," which worries me. The Land of the Lounge Lizards probably isn't the way I remember it, but whatever, if the remake comes to fruition, I'll slick my hair back and don a polyester suit one more time. Whether or not I let my teen play the game, who's also much closer to 13 than 18, remains to be seen.