Leisure Suit Larry eyeing Box Office Bust

Worms developer takes on the lecherous one's latest adventure; bitter comics and comely bombshells sign on for voice work.

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You can't keep a bad man down. Larry Loveage, the heir to the eternally soiled Leisure Suit Larry name and star of 2004's Magna Cum Laude, is on the comeback trail. Sierra Entertainment today announced that Loveage would return this fall in Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and mobile phones.

Not a role model.

Developed by Team 17 (the studio behind the Worms franchise of action strategy games), Box Office Bust follows the woeful would-be ladies' man as he works a summer job at a movie studio run by his uncle, the original Leisure Suit Larry. While there, the younger Larry attempts to uncover the identity of an employee who's threatening to spill the studio's dirt to the tabloids. Described by Sierra as featuring "open world sand box gameplay," Box Office Bust will incorporate platforming, racing, and puzzle-solving elements, along with a mode that allows Larry to step behind the camera to direct his own feature.

Appropriate to the subject matter, Box Office Bust will feature an ensemble cast of famous voice actors culled from the ranks of comedians and calendar girls. Already announced for the project are Interactive Achievement Awards host Jay Mohr (Action, Jerry Maguire), Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, The Venture Bros.), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie, Jack Frost), Carmen Electra (Meet the Spartans, Cheaper by the Dozen 2), Dave Attell (Insomniac, Pootie Tang), Artie Lange (Dirty Work, Beer League), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, Max Headroom), Nikki Cox (Las Vegas, The Norm Show), Peter Graves (Mission: Impossible, Airplane!), and Jane Lynch (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby). Providing the voice of Larry Loveage will be Josh Keaton, who is the English voice of Ocelot in the Metal Gear Solid series and who is providing the voice of the titular webslinger in the upcoming Spectacular Spider-Man animated series.

Although a PC version of Magna Cum Laude was released with an AO for Adults Only rating, Sierra Entertainment is aiming for an M for Mature with Box Office Bust.

Discussion

68 comments
dphillips83
dphillips83

Love For Sail was probably the last 'good' Larry game. MCL was weak. Without Al Lowe what is the point. They need to get him more involved with the new games.

SlayerUnas
SlayerUnas

Man I remember when I picked up Love for Sail, such a great game. Drew Berringmore, haha. And there were secret spots where you can see the bra-less scenes and wheres waldo looking pleasure toys! Now that was a game! However, I never played MCL. it's just a shame, I'm sure there was some part of Al's contract that said "We own Larry now, too bad so sad". Speaking of LFS... I should install that again....

Gecimen
Gecimen

I have read 2 articles about Larry: BOB but never seen 1 proof that they're making an "adventure game" let alone a game like the original series. The very secret(!) point in LSL series is actually a very simple one. People loved to put some thought into how to seduce a girl. That's why the games were adventure games before anything else. If people wanted to watch porn, they would go and do it for free on the internet. If people wanted to play minigames, they would do it for free on the internet as well. LSL is neither, it's supposed to be a game that you use all possible environmental factors to get laid, in a funny fashion, not some stupid sperm racer. But this game seems to be a failure, again, since the producer says it will be a game for the "new gamers".

Mr__Peanut
Mr__Peanut

these games can't be making a profit.

HUIJBR3GT5_LPL
HUIJBR3GT5_LPL

Larry simply rocks and thats all I have to say. This is going to be cool and I pre ordered it and am gonna have fun wit it.

yair23
yair23

Please god .. make them do it like LSL7 ... not like the crappy LSL Magna Cum Laude ... they ruin good games ...

andalore
andalore

The Adult in me says god not again, and the perverted teenager in me says woot!

cypher_03
cypher_03

I really wish people would read the information a lot of websites have put up about Box Office Bust - that Sierra / Vivendi / Activision-Blizzard, whoever you want to call them hired Allen Covert to write the game rather than use Al Lowe. This decision had absolutely nothing to do with Team 17! And yes, maybe Al Lowe's vision for a new Larry would do well in today's market, but you've got to realise that the last Larry game he wrote was released over 10 years ago so there's absolutely no guarantee that what he wrote nowadays would actually appeal to vintage Larry fans, let alone the general public! Anyway, rant over... I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what Team 17 can do with this franchise... Here's hoping it doesn't suck!

MICHAELBOIM
MICHAELBOIM

I don't think they even READ what fans are writing them. Sierra's forums are full of "USE AL LOWE YOU IDIOTS!!!" messeges, and they just ignore them all. I wrote them and Team17 this mail, hope it will do something: - In this preview in Gamespot: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6184801.html I saw that Team17 will create the new Larry BOB game. As I grew up, I was playing the originals Leisure Suit Larry games, created by Al Lowe. I usually read his website up until today, and just now I saw this page: http://allowe.com/Larry/BOB.htm Well, I know how Al feels... he CREATED Larry! How can Sierra drop him like this? Well, you are the guys that creates Larry now. Can't you do something for the sake of nostalgia?! I personally would like some answers: How can someone create a game about Larry without even TALKING with the man who created this character? Now, you (Sierra, VUgames, Team17, anyone who's involved in this project) can say, "Look at this, the new Larry is better!" Well, he isn't. Compare his sales to LSL7's sales. It's not an adventure game, it's a mini-games-pack. Who buys a mini-game-pack!? XD Team17 should know; Worms had a mini-game-pack once, and it wasn't successful like the other Worms. Now I have another example: Sam & Max. If you follow around, Lucas Arts dropped Sam&Max a few years ago, but fans never gave up. TellTaleGames bought Sam&Max, and they made AMAZING games with them, only because keeping two factors: 1.It's the same TYPE of game. You pick up objects and use them on other people/objects, and hear jokes around. No mini games for progress. 2. They kept Steve Purcell, the original creator of Sam&Max, and he's creating the new games with them. He's WRITING the new games, like he wrote the original! Of course Sam&Max's new games (2 seasons, 11 chapters so far) Sales are greater than "Larry: Magna Cum Laude". I don't see a better reason to ask Al Lowe for some help. Anyway, if you have ANY way to use Al Lowe, PLEASE, consider it. This is the ONLY way the new Larry game will be anything close to a 'good' game. If you want it to be a perfect game, ask Al to work with you. He seems very depressed about the whole thing, and anyone can understand that. Yours Truly, Michael, A gamer. - If anyone wanna help Al Lowe and Larry, please write to Team17 and Sierra as well.

snod_swifty
snod_swifty

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ElmoKajaky
ElmoKajaky

They better release an AO version as well, like they did with Magna Cum Laude! Great fun.

FatalErr
FatalErr

Bring it on. I Love Larry. Where else do I get to do my second favorite pastime, next to killing zombies.

maxmax1234
maxmax1234

Looks like Thrillville: Off the Rails

egg357
egg357

why is this an open world sandbox game? old school sierra rules. vivendi blows.

Azwhtknight
Azwhtknight

I remember playing the original in high school and it was a cool unique experience. I haven't played the other game, but I think that other than the graphics, they should make it along the same lines as the first. There is no way they should try to clean it up enough for an M rating though. I realize the whole idea is to make money, but they shouldn't make a game like this if they don't plan to stay true to form. Max Headroom? LOL God, there is a name I haven't heard in FOREVER!

copycat1973
copycat1973

@Generic_Dude: http:/www.tsl-game.com I'm not interested in any Larry-game unless Al is involved.

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

I'm glad to see another Larry game, although I wish it was just a good old fashioned point-n-click adventure.

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

Are sirrea bring back the pev sim becuase of the success of sam and max. why lucas arts perfected the adventure game sierra just have a lot of pevs working there.

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

Not a bad voice cast, but I guarantee this will be such a stinker. Ugh....now I'm having memories of that horrible, horrible MTV video game/music video show with Leisure Suit Larry....

Dolacide
Dolacide

Magna Cum Laude was a real disappointment, as this will be.

Dryker
Dryker

Sounds like way too many features to ever be done well. Do not expect much.

vivispelare
vivispelare

Please please make the crew play all the old games, then compare it to the MAGNA CUM game, feel bad, and TRY TO MAKE IT UP TO US. And to poor Larry Laffer. All that was kept from the original games was a name and a guy trying to get girls. That's not enough. Too much focus on silly mini games last time. Platforming? Larry doesn't platform! Worry about age? Larry Laffer would quiz us before the game to make SURE we were 18. Please pay attention to what you're doing and if it's not a Larry game, don't call it a Larry game. *sigh* I know they won't listen.

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

pc version came out in AO and an M edition then as there are like 3 copies of the game at my store all m.... magna cum laude

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

i doubt it will be like they used to be... the series that is

Proman84
Proman84

I really hope that we'll be pleasantly suprised by this game's quality.

Kirbysuperstar
Kirbysuperstar

Revolver939 - Larry Laffer was the original Larry, Loveage is his nephew.

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

Yet another case of DRTFA-itis. That being said, I enjoyed the hell out of Magna Cum Laude, as repetitive and inconsistently difficult as it was. The AO-rated version was interesting, too, though I don't remember how well it controlled on the PC. It's been a while.

tuna_leg
tuna_leg

It better not suck as much as MCL

Rozar505
Rozar505

Seriously it's sad how many of you think this is going to be a movie. If you actually spent time READING this article you would know it's a game.

Revolver391
Revolver391

WTF.......Larry LOVAGE?.......i thought his name was Larry Laffer.....that Blows

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Another LSL but no SWAT 5? lame.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

@thesaxmaniac: I can't think of a single LSL game that didn't have nudity. Nonetheless, if you're into childish humor -- which I am -- this is a hard one to top. Huh huh. Hard one. But yeah, I'm with the people that would rather see a new Space Quest or King's Quest.

patton101
patton101

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thesaxmaniac
thesaxmaniac

Raykuza, hey man. The originals were good. Just the last one was terrible. Back in the day, LSL didn't even have nudity in it, and it was awesome.

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

Good point Ikazi. I wouldn't mind seeing a space quest.

HOMIE_G64
HOMIE_G64

I don't even know why they still make porn games. They are always crap to reviewers.

everccr
everccr

Just get al lowe back.

Raykuza
Raykuza

First of all I'd like to point out that this is NOT a movie! Try reading the article instead of just the title. Also, what is the point of these LSL games? Seems like some softcore porn for your Xbox to me. Looks really dumb.

Ikzai
Ikzai

I don't understand WHY Sierra hasn't given up on the LSL games. They've given up on all the others. How I would kill for Space Quest VII.

kenerhai
kenerhai

Wow, so I guess this will be in the vein of National Lampoon movies? But what blows my mind is that minor games like this can get green lighted for a movie and Uwe Boll continues to turn mediocre games into crappy movies, but games like Gears or Halo can't get off the ground. A Halo movie or a Gears movie would be sure fire, money making, summer blockbusters! I suppose it all has to do with money. A game like Leisure Suit Larry wouldn't need much of a budget, but a Halo movie would cost a small fortune. I love movies, but damn I hate Hollywood.

Pittfan666
Pittfan666

Great news! I'll buy it no matter what rating it gets! Sticking it to the man!

lamprey263
lamprey263

this is the perfect example of why people shouldn't shroom when they brainstorm for movie ideas

xcollector
xcollector

#7 was the only good one because of the erotic humor. The previous ones are way too old to revisit and 8 lost the charm. These games can't complete with porn or the real deal for that matter so if its not humorous then there is very little to look forward to unless you are 13 and seeing things for the first time ; )

LittleYoshi
LittleYoshi

The most perverted game I ever seen....some people are sick.