Yes that poncing pervo is back! Larry Laffer hits your computer screens for a fourth time. Eh a fourth time, how can it be a fourth time when this is Leisure Suit Larry 5? Wel my little pervsters, all will be explained... soon. First a little bit of history behind the man in the white polyester suit.
What can be said about Larry Laffer that is suitable to print? Oops, before this review gets too risky I'll have to do something.
Warning - as per usual this Larry game contains adult subject matter and parental guidance while playing the game is advised, so all you kids out there turn the page quickly and ignore the screenshots. Right, I'm now dealing with a mature adult audience.
Larry first appeared on the Amiga games scene a couple of years ago in Land of the Lounge Lizards which involved Larry trying, err, well, to put it bluntly, to sow his wild oats.
Larry 2 was titled Looking for Love in Several Wrong Places which had Larry trying to escape a spy-
The third game in the series starred not only Larry, but a certain woman who features heavily in Larry 5 - Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectrals. Larry again had to sow his wild oats while Patti had to rescue him from man-
Now to be honest, the Larry games aren't really that dirty. The first game was fairly smutty, but the sex scenes were fairly naff and you didn't see anything that you wouldn't see on page three of the Sun.
However, lots of people objected and the game designers made Larry 2 a lot les smutty, but - and this is a big but - everyone who bought and loved the first game complained to the game designers saying it wasn't smutty enough.
So lo and behold, the game designers made Larry 3 the smuttiest. The graphics and sound in the first three games were fairly rubbish, but now in Larry 5, Sierra have found a way to convert graphics from the PC, and it has wonderful graphics and mega sound.
Larry 5, which is subtitled Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work, features Patti as a super-
Meanwhile, Larry is working a low-level job for a porno prime-time TV show, America's Sexiest Home Videos, and the mob is out to get pornography out of the living room and back onto the profit sheet.
Together, Larry ad Patti must take on the mob, the FBI, the music industry and the United States Congress in a mix of sex, thuggery and rock 'n' roll.
What the hell happened to Larry 4, you might well be asking. Well the Gamer team still haven't completed Larry 5, but Larry keeps on remembering things throughout the game and wondering himself where Larry 4 has gone, so maybe all will be revealed at the end of this one!
The game can be controlled by mouse or joystick, but to be honest the mouse is the best option. IT uses a new 'click and grope' interface which makes the game easy to control - it also means that there's no typing to do. It's so easy - you click on the walk icon and then click on screen where you want to go and - voila - Larry/
It's quite clever. Say you aren't doing very well - the computer will shout at you for being rubbish, but it might also give you a hint or clue on how to complete the part that you are stuck on or give you a friendly shove in the right direction.
The graphics in Larry 5 are fantastic. Sierra must have had a whole load of professional animators working on them.
In fact there were no less than 13 animators and seven background artists working on Larry 5, so we are talking Disney-
So there you have it - a stonking soundtrack. In fact Larry 5 had over 60 people working for it, but hey! the Americans always do things bigger and better.
Larry 5 isn't crude. Well OK it is crude, but not crude as in explicit sex scenes and bad language. It's crude as in sexual innuendo and double entendres. You don't actually see anything, but the implication is there. For instance when Larry is, erm, well let's put it this way, when Larry is getting a bit randy with a young lady under a table, all you see is the expressions on Larry's face. A lot of the humour is fairly childish, but it's not for children if you know what I mean.
There's not really a lot else I can say about the infamous Larry Laffer and his white polyester suit, so I think it's time to end this review before I get into trouble from Mary Whitehouse. If you are a fan of Larry then this is the game that you've been waiting for. Eve if you're not a fan, I'd strongly recommend buying Larry 5 anyway, because that's the kind of guy I am.
The graphics - as I've said before - are fantabulous, and the sound is brill so I can't whinge on that front. What you do need is a hard drive. You can play it using two floppy drives, but it's really a waste of time and energy.
Even if you've got a hard drive, you still have to wait in-between 'scenes' and at points the animation slows down to a snail's pace.
Forgetting all that though, Larry is still a damn fine adventure game and I would say the best yet out of the Larry series. If you want a smutty, sexy, outrageous adventure then Larry 5 is for you.
Right you lot, you can bring your kids back in now - we wouldn't want them to miss the rest of Gamer, would we?