Leisure Suit Larry is coming back! Or rather, he's coming forward in time in a brand new sequel to the classic Sierra series called Wet Dreams Don't Dry.
It's been a while, so in case you've forgotten, Larry is a lovable loser with balding hair, a saggy paunch, poor taste in clothing, and an unquenchable desire to score with gorgeous women who are completely out of his league. He's very much a man of his time, having starred in six popular adventures in the late '80s and early '90s. After making a surprising return in the updated Kickstarted-financed remake Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded in 2013, now Larry is ready for a whole new adventure... but he's about to find out that it's not the '80s anymore.
We're not quite sure how (and neither is he), but in Wet Dreams Don't Dry, Larry finds himself smack dab in the 21st century and in his own words: "wow, how the world has changed!" New technologies, new attitudes... but apparently the same old Larry (although a little taller, a little slimmer than we remember him), who triumphantly declares that: "while my view of the world and women from way back in the 1980s collides with modern reality harder than the breasts of a lusciously stacked blonde jogging along a beach, I’m all set to date my way across the modern world!"
This time around, Larry falls "head-over-heels in love with Faith, the hot-to-trot assistant to the boss at Prune, a technology enterprise successful worldwide." If Larry's to have any hope of hooking up with her, however, he'll first need to increase his profile score on Timber, the "totally hip, can’t-get-anywhere-without-it dating app" used to date women and satisfy their needs. Oh, and in between, maybe catching "a few new bikini pix at Instacrap."
After the debacles of Magna Cum Laude and Box Office Bust, adventure fans could be forgiven for being less-than-enthusiastic about another series revival. But this time around, we're getting a genuine non-linear adventure game, with puzzles and everything. (Let's face it, for Larry to have any success with women, there are bound to be lots of hurdles to clear.) While the game's first trailer may be a live-action teaser, Wet Dreams Don't Dry will be hand-painted point-and-click, just like its beloved predecessors. The first screenshots unveiled show off just some of the 30-plus locations we can expect to visit.
There's no word as yet about whether series creator Al Lowe will be involved in any way, but the German team behind the new game is no stranger to comic adventures. While the name CrazyBunch may not ring a bell, their previous credits include work on the acclaimed Anna's Quest by Daedalic, and the early graphics for Larry's new game clearly demonstrate they've got the chops artistically.
So how will they fare going solo this time? How will Larry make out (literally and figuratively) in the modern age of #MeToo and enlightened sensibities about female empowerment? We'll just have to wait to find out! Fortunately, it doesn't seem like the wait will be too long, as Wet Dreams Don't Dry is currently due to launch on Steam for Windows and Mac sometime before the end of this year.