A Suitable Boy

This is from the last game. We'd probably get murderised if we stole IGN's exclusive screens of the new one, see.

First details on the new Leisure Suit Larry game, Box Office Bust. It will, it seems, be an adventure game, but will it be more palatable than the remarkably hateful last effort, Magna Cum Laude ( which John “Conan The Barbarian Is Rubbish” Walker scored a vicious 3% to in PC Gamer)? Well, let’s look at the scant evidence we have so far…

The good: “There really is nothing we are bringing over from the last game… The last game was torn apart and I think it was just the wrong approach for this franchise. Most of the criticisms of the game were not off base. This game is a total departure from the last game. [It’s] A good solid story, clever set ups and great pay-offs with dialogue and gameplay.”

The bad: “Al Lowe is not involved with this project.”

The ugly: “When I sat down and thought about the best way to bring Larry back and bring him back in a way that is mass-market, relevant and funny there was only one target. Hollywood.”

The also ugly: “I think some of my favorite [scenarios] are sneaking around and taking pictures of the starlets dressing for the studio’s biggest star so [Larry] can choose who is on his “to do” list.

The bad and ugly: It’s written by the guy who penned this film. (Which I haven’t seen, but ouch, that trailer…)

Oh, me and my snap judgements. Yeah, I know it’s not fair to make up my mind based on a bad first impression. So fingers crossed the second impression isn’t quite as mortifying, eh?


  1. Pace says:

    The shocking: “There is no Nudity in this version of Larry”.

  2. Freelancepolice says:

    I love that film :(

    You know I had funny feeling when you mentioned this film it would be grandma’s boy. It’s a complete brainless comedy but the games industry content amused me :/

  3. Lucky says:

    Fingers crossed so far that they wrap around each other.

  4. Kast says:

    I can’t shake the feeling that this will be the mirror of Uwe Boll’s films. An atrocious game about films rather than atrocious films about games.

  5. THX-1138 says:

    I’m mostly anticipating Mr. Walker’s (I assume it’s going to be his) review.

    3% scoring games don’t come along very often. Could this be any worse? Part of me hopes so.

  6. Slappybag says:

    Its nice that theres a film about gamers, but pwning us off as lamers who sleep with old people =(

  7. Ben Hazell says:

    I read John’s review over breakfast. It recomends we set the game on fire and push it out a window.

  8. essell says:

    Going to be awful.

  9. THX-1138 says:

    @ Ben Hazell:

    Well, at least it’s a recommendation. Of sorts.

  10. Nick says:

    Hmm, 3% puts it equal with the lowest score of all time in PCG history doesn’t it? (Was it the infamous Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties?)

    It’s a shame this and Sam & Max are what adventure games have become. Crap.

  11. Morris says:

    Let’s see what kind of Larry-game is coming; hopefully not another kidnapped son… :D

    – “What did you think about Larry Magna Cum Laude?”

    Al Lowe: “Oh well…oh god! You know, it was like getting a videotape from your son’s kidnappers. On the one hand, you’re glad to see he’s still alive… but on the other hand: look what have they done to him.”

    link to youtube.com

    (06:55 onwards)

  12. Martin says:

    Heh, that movie seems funny in a braindead sort of way.

    Will look for it.

    Thanks for the tip!

  13. Alec Meer says:

    Y’know, I’d never actually seen Al Lowe talking before I watched that clip.

    He seems to pretty much be the best person in the world.

  14. Kast says:

    I believe the lowest PCG UK score ever is 2%. I think a few games got handed it but the only one that comes to mind was a Monsters Inc minigame pack.

  15. weego says:

    I wish I’d saved a screeny of it, but I once saw a review for some kind of sims expansion or addon that sidestepped the standard numerical scoring and just had “No” as body copy. A wonderful thing.

  16. John P (Katsumoto) says:

    They gave one of the Big Brother games N/A%, saying they were going to put as much effort into giving it a mark as the devs had put into making the game.

  17. Morris says:

    Alec Meer: “He seems to pretty much be the best person in the world.”

    He is truly is :) Al Lowe reminds me of Santa Claus, really cheerful and happy with his current life. He also signed my Larry 7 at Alternative Party 2007, so i can’t complain :)

  18. Wolf says:

    I’m not sure if it counts as a score, but I remember one game that PCG gave a score of N/A% (which I guess is 0%?). I believe it was Big Brother 2, but correct me if I’m wrong, it was a while ago.

  19. Will Tomas says:

    They did score Big Brother (one of the games, it might as well have been 2) N/A, yes. They argued that they’d put as much effort into reviewing it as the designers put into creating it.

    Gotta love it.

  20. Alex says:

    There seems to be an echo in here.. ;)

  21. John P (Katsumoto) says:

    Imitation is bla bla flattery, etc. :)

  22. Pidesco says:

    No nudity???? #!&!@!!!!

    LSL was one of the first PC games I played. I must’ve been around ten at the time and was very disappointed by the censored box. Also, it’s one of the reasons why I can speak and write quite good English nowadays.

    Someone please rescue poor Larry.

  23. Dinger says:

    The horror. The horror.

  24. DigitalSignalX says:

    Removing the promise of skin from a Larry game is like removing the cake from.. um. What I mean is, like many cheesy movies, it’s often the whole reason you suffer through the title in the first place. It’s low-brow entertainment several degrees higher then pr0n, but still makes it a good reward for the target demographic. Sort of like those player cards you can collect in Witcher (sorry for bringing that title up twice in same day).

  25. malkav11 says:

    As much as MCL had issues, I found parts of it to be surprisingly (and intentionally) hysterical in ways that the original games’ rather gentle, pun-inclined humor never provided.

  26. Adam Hepton says:

    The only good thing about the film Grandma’s Boy is the music that plays over the credits which, if it isn’t a massive parody of terrible chart rap, it should be.

    “Grandmizzica’s Boy”

  27. C0nt1nu1ty says:

    My Immediate reaction is “oh god hit it with a spade” although i did kinda like grandmas boy (there are some scenes that we quoted endlessly at each other at work).
    After some deliberation my verdict is: wont be as bad as the last one but it wont stop it being stillborn

  28. Alex Cox says:

    The harshest score I ever mustered was a 1/10 in PC Review, for a game I believe was titled Big Game Hunter: Grizzly.

    They hadn’t bothered to animate the bears. It’s hard to describe how simultaneously hilarious and soul-destroying it was to have to play that thing.

  29. Shanucore says:

    My favourite review of something rubbish is this. Okay, so it’s not games-related, but it still makes me laugh like a loon…

  30. Cibbuano says:

    the interview with the Larry developer doesn’t sell the game to me.

    His idea of puzzles:
    “…helping a former porn star trying to go legit by helping her collect her clothes from around the lot after a studio party.”

    On Al Lowe:
    “Hopefully when Al plays this game he cracks a smile and laughs a little knowing we did right by the franchise. ”

    On the pitch:
    “I never want to be in a room of executives again explaining what the phrase “Dirty Sanchez” means.”

    On demographics:
    “The game will be as mass market as it can get.”

    On boobs (a joke)?:\
    “We brought in 100’s of models for those, not for the games of course just for inspiration for designing the game, just don’t tell them. Someone had to place the sensors on.”

    I just can’t feel excited about this…

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