Leisure Fit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry (XOne)

Leisure Fit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry (XOne)

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry (XOne)

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Lee Mehr
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The venerated ‘lounge lizard’ that rose to popularity throughout the 80 s-90 s couldn’t avoid prospective dating potential customers in the next century. After hopping around in between different publishers, seeing an abysmal performance by Larry’s nephew, and seeing fans demanding his very first getaway on Kickstarter, Put together Entertainment and designer CrazyBunch finally occurred to reintroducing Larry Laffer in a new point-n-click adventure– Leisure Fit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry Completion result? Between the stagnant humor and obnoxiously derivative puzzles, it’s the equivalent of sleeping on newly soiled sheets.

Getting Up to a dark room, you manage the titular Larry Laffer, a forty-something rocking a white lounge match. Upon leaving an unusual underground lair, unbeknownst to how he arrived there, he’s back in the video game. Old practices die hard. While attempting to win the first lady he sees at Lefty’s bar, his plans fail however he finds and returns a smart device to Prune Inc. (Apple stand-in). Craving among the higher-ups at Prune, he assents to her demands of reaching a high rating on Wood (Tinder stand-in) to win her affection.

What’s here is like a middle-schooler, or Tom Green(however I repeat myself), knowing of this property and taking control of the script. If I see absolutely nothing but hipster vegans, drag queens, excessive CEOs, randy grandmas, and so on, with the huge bulk of them feeling so dull, then the exotic becomes the anticipated.

What’s unusual is how much of the very best product is tucked behind the back-half of the game. This credit is, of all things, thanks to politics. The method some real-life issues are spun on their head here truly clicked with me. And for all the pestering I can make on the wide variety of stagnant jokes, I can’t deny Wet Dreams has one of the most brilliant gaming minutes of 2020 (for me). To prevent giving too much away I’ll leave it with this: it’s the equivalent of recent Wolfenstein titles including a playable Wolfenstein 3D as an Easter egg, however better.

Overall, this might be one of the most diverse mixes of composing quality I have actually seen in a comedy-focused story. I’m still left shocked how a retro level/stage left me gobsmacked at its subversive structure, together with a modest scattering of quality minutes for Larry near the ending; that said, perhaps my gratitude for its much better minutes is since of all the bland shit you need to trek through. It resembles admiring a flat soda in The Sahara.

Gameplay follows an anticipated routine for point-n-click experiences. Gone is the open-world structure from the Larry Lovage video games for something as classic as Laffer’s match. The concept is quite easy: by either scanning the environment with the best thumbstick or using trigger buttons to quickly switch between highlighted items, Larry’s able to look or grab them. Those that can be taken are set in his bottomless stock, to either be used elsewhere or combined with another bauble. Making the proper mixes, carefully listening to Larry’s monologues for hints, and scanning the environment are important to your success.


The biggest issue that’s thoroughly cemented in Wet Dreams is something endemic to this genre: “ moon logic“. There are a few otherworldly reductions that have to be made in order to solve said puzzle. Whether it’s inane item combinations or brute-forcing every stock item to the surrounding environment, there are major mistakes discovered here. The greatest transgressors are really found at the beginning too. After getting a few Wood matches, meeting the ladies (and a man!), and hearing their respective stories, CrazyBunch headed out of their method flooding your stock. It gets unreasonable to see how much scrap you’ll have to sort through while juggling each job in your head.

To make the gameplay even more lop-sided, the last half-hour in a brand-new locale feels more concise. The hints and visual clearness there are more succinct, even if more limited and simplified. It appears like CrazyBunch was attempting to make New Lost Wages feel more interconnected by scattering crucial items in one place and making them helpful in another ad infinitum. Occasionally this web operates at feeling detailed; generally it feels like a method for quick travel to pad out the runtime.

Total, CrazyBunch’s approach dawdles frequently into misapplying difficulty. Chaotic and contrived are misinterpreted as “tough” and “intricate”; conversely, another piece of puzzles has the countervailing mindset towards feeling like ordinary busywork. Despite that, I still think some credit is due to the much better examples. There are times a comically salacious sex toy is utilized to complete a task that compliments the silly logic of the world to a tee. Those sporadic gems aren’t enough to put up and preserve the gameplay entirely.

The dirty, rundown aesthetic between it and the final area feel more authentic versus the “bludgeon your eyes with every visual cliché” technique. As for the voice cast, outside of Jan Rabson nailing Larry Laffer I can’t say I was overly impressed; then again, what they all put up with in the script still makes them regard.

In concerns to worth, anyone worried about a premature surface can breathe a sigh of relief. Depending on your puzzle-solving ability, you’re taking a look at a 6-8 hour adventure for a game selling at $30 If you’re hoping for more than a one-night stand? Larry’s of no usage. Aside from witnessing various death animations you may’ve missed out on, I can’t think about anything else that boosts replay value.

Between the writing that’s too frequently puerile and gameplay too often unengaging, Larry’s going to be spending lots of a lonely night lest he up his game.


Regardless of being one of most recent authors on VGChartz, Lee has been a part of the neighborhood for over a decade. His video gaming history spans numerous console generations: N64 & NES at house while delighting in some Playstation, SEGA, and PC titles somewhere else.

This evaluation is based upon a digital copy of Leisure Match Larry: Wet Dreams Do Not Dry for the XOne, supplied by the publisher.

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