Leisure Suit Larry remake goes to Kickstarter

Al Lowe and Replay Games looking for $500,000 in funding to start indie remakes of adventure game series; higher tiers will see backers or their dogs make cameos in game.

Leisure Suit Larry is ready for a comeback; he just needs a few bucks to make it happen. Austin, Texas-based Replay Games and Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe have launched a Kickstarter project to fund a remake of the original Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards.

Would you trust this man with your money?

Originally announced last October without mention of crowd funding, the Leisure Suit Larry remake is intended to be an overhauled version of the character's debut 1987 adventure game. In addition to high-resolution graphics, the game is intended to feature a modern point-and-click interface, full voice work, additional jokes, and compatibility with mobile devices.

To accomplish that, Lowe and Replay are looking for $500,000 in funding. As of press time, the group had attracted just over $30,000 from nearly 700 backers, with 29 days left to reach the goal. If the project should surpass its funding target, the extra money will be used to translate it into additional languages, move it onto more platforms, create an orchestral soundtrack, and add on to the game itself.

Backers of the project will receive a variety of rewards. The entry-level $15 tier assures contributors a digital copy of the final game, with subsequent levels offering digital versions of the soundtrack, a boxed copy of the game, lithographs, art books, postage stamps, promotional banners, a cameo in the game (for the backer or the backer's dog), or lunch with the developer.

Leisure Suit Larry last appeared in 2009's critically savaged adventure game Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust.

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bluefox755
bluefox755

I miss larry. At least the larry before the atrocity that was box off bust or whatever it was called, magna cum laude has some laughs, but little larry didn't quite live up to his dad

Takeno456
Takeno456

Oh damn larry is back...why?

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Ripper_TV "Cheap" doesn't mean it has a lower retail price than its peers. I just means it's inexpensive. $15, no matter what other kickstarters cost, is inexpensive for a videogame.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@Ripper_TV Whether they make a profit or not doesn't bother me in the slightest. Hell, I hope they do, and can become financially sound and keep making the kind of games that current developers can't be bothered to. What am I gonna do, sit around and wait for publishers to cut blank checks to people like Al Lowe and Tim Schafer? They're too busy looking for another AAA shooter. I don't get to profit-share on any other game I pre-order. Kickstarter is far from risk-free, but $10-$15 to an established legend is as safe a bet as plopping down $50+ for a big-market game you may or may not like. And I'm not sure how the prices are gonna be set at launch. Wasteland 2 specifically states that $15 as a buy-in price is exclusive to backers, so presumably, the retail price will be higher.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

@Vlad_an_impaler, your ava is scary as hell, man.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

@parrot_of_adun, why is it a CHEAP preorder? You think their game will cost more than $15 in the end? And technically not a preorder, but a prepurchase at the least! I may be wrong, but I was quite sure, that Double Fine's Adventure, Wasteland 2 and Larry were gonna have the pricetag of $15.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

@Rottenwood, what's not to follow? That's not the only difference. First, customers don't know the release date (it can be next year for all we know or even never released, theoretically). Second, we pay in advance, not knowing the quality of the finished product (when usually you can try a demo and decide for yourself, in case of a game that's already out). Third, they make a game on users' money, give out the copies to the backers, then continue to sell copies to other people, receiving ALL the profits!! This last part disturbs me the most.

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

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parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@jakesnakeel Well, yeah, but this isn't an overly ambitious project or (as far as I can tell) a dubious developer. There is risk in Kickstarter, but not so much from something like this.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

@OmenUK Yep. I played the VGA remake of the first game back in the day. My guess is that the reasoning people thought it would be a good idea is the same as the reasoning you often see for remakes today, which is to say that some folks thought that the game itself was good but could use a fresh coat of graphical paint if you will.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

@Rottenwood In game development, you know a great many projects run over initial estimates. And with kickstarter projects, I think that they tend to give low estimates. There are many ways that these projects can fail after getting kickstarter funding. I am not opposed to any of this kickstarter stuff, but I do find it a bit misleading to the people contributing money.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

@parrot_of_adun It's actually very confusing to figure out how kickstarter handles failed delivery on projects. The only way you get your money back is if a project fails to reach funding levels. Once funding is over, the money is given to the developer to make the project. If, a year later (or whatever), they burn through the money without a final product, they do not owe you anything. This is as far as I can gather. Kickstarter is definitely not responsible to pay you back and you can't get your money back from a company that is broke.

drgribb
drgribb

hell yes. i am definitely contributing dollars to this

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@jakesnakeel This isn't typical venture capital. You get your money back if it fails. So... Quick cash grab? ALSO: this is an ideal avenue for niche titles. The reason something like this might be turned down initially by publishers is because it can't be turned into a massive AAA profit opportunity, and many publishers won't touch anything else, not because it's a bad invastment

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@jakesnakeel It IS a pre-order situation, or potentially one. There are two possible outcomes for a Kickstarter project: the money is raised and you get a copy of the game you backed, or they fall short and everything is erased. You only get charged once the project is green-lit. The only potential concern here would be somebody taking the money and running, or delivering a half-assed game and pocketing the rest. But you take that risk with a million other things you buy, and names like Schafer and Lowe carry a lot of accountability and trust.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

@parrot_of_adun I don't think you understand how it works. When you "invest" your $15, you are hoping that a game will come out of it. Typical venture capitalist investment in video games has a massive failure rate, but when there is a success, the profit (as a % of investment) can be incredible. But, most fail, and you need to go into this understanding that there is a far higher likelihood that these kickstarter donations will not result in a finished product. Don't forget that the reason that these companies are on kickstarter is because they have been unable to get any money from typical sources. So, a lot of smart minds have passed on this as a good investment, so they go to the public, who react emotionally and think it's a pre-order situation.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Ripper_TV Quick grab for cash? Do you even know how this works? You get a copy of the game for $15. You know just like if they had made it the normal way, you just pay for a game. The ONLY difference here is that you pay in advance, so it's essentially a cheap preorder.

chuckchoder
chuckchoder

All of the older LSL games including Magna Cum Laude (idk if im spelling that right) was very good but omg wow was box office bust bad. As long as no one that had any part of making that garbage will have anything to do with this then tell me where to sign up!

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

@Vlad_an_impaler Easy there tiger. You're going to pop a vein with all that angsty rage. You have a different opinion on the games, good for you. But while you're out playing adult games you may also want to try displaying some adult real life behavior. Spamming 5 comments in a row "raging" as you put it because someone has different tastes than you is hardly adult/mature. And my comment is valid. Recent games, like Magna Cum Laude (there is such a thing as a typo dude) and Box Office Bust are not even close to the same tongue in cheek humor and cheery fun that the older games were founded on.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@Ripper_TV I don't really follow the logic. Backing the game for $15 gets you a copy when it's released - how is that a cash-grab? Customers are paying the same price for the same product; the only difference is that some publisher isn't taking a cut.

Lamesy
Lamesy

I understand that recent terrible games were outsourced cash ins, but that doesn't make the originals more respectable. They were a fun, frivolous product of the time - but nowadays we get our toilet humor and computer porn on the internet, for free. Al Lowe's cheesy sax is the only game component that might still be ironically relevant.

gix47
gix47

some things should never be reborn,leisure suit larry had it's time,now it's time to let go..i don't see this doing much

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

That's a case of exploiting right there. They were going to make this game just fine without fans' money, before Schafer did it. They saw an opportunity and now are trying to quickly grab some cash.

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

nocoolnamejim why not name the REAL name then? I just noticed ..albeit While I rage. "MAGNA CU* LAUDE"? Whiste I were doing other fun things like more adult games/etc.

pszone
pszone

Guess what big mistake and they drunk bringing this back because games where waste money. But if there last game was for psn and xboxlive maybe it would sold. But i have no instested in this game. i think there better games than this and they are.

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

@ALL I honestly have bought a few of these games... no don't list because I am ashamed of wasting my money on them. I am POSITIVE I will get many thumbs down from the "team" and so on. Any how.

exedeath
exedeath

Apparently Vlad there has never played the original Leisure Suit Larry. I would love to see this come to the PSN.

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

While you're at it, why not just promote "Bonecraft"?

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

@nocoolnamejim the LSL franchise has always been a s**t filled, snore fest of games. Who are you trying to kid man?

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

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blackace
blackace

I still have the Leisure Suit Larry Collectors edition with the first 5 games on it. They already did a remake of the game awhile back. I won't fund this. If they were doing a HD remake of the whole series maybe I help. Even a new series I might be interested. This is a no go for me.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

I think the kickstarter fad is peaking right now. Good for them to capitalize. Waiting for next year when the news stories are about all the kickstarter projects that went no where. But at least people get t-shirts.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

Pyronius, I still have both versions of the 1st one.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

This is exceptionally awesome news. Younger gamers will only know Leisure Suit Larry for the trashy, mini-game filled snorefests like "Magna Cup Laude" but originally these were engaging and humor filled puzzle games with a great deal of charm and uniqueness. I think I may make this my first ever Kickstarter donation.

Gen007
Gen007

@kkxtrouble Oh i dont think its unfair at all. I just feel that that its not the way things should have to work. These devs should be able to go out find support from pubs for their projects especially when there's so much fan interest in them. The fact that they cant concerns me. Its almost like jump starting a vehicle and consumers the jumper cable. Hopefully though the games that are made from these kickstarters do well. The would surely help.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

@Gen007 Well, to be fair, when you kicktart a game you pay less, at least it's been that way. Most games being kickstarted are 15$, but will be more expensive when they're released. I think it's a fair trade.

Gen007
Gen007

The state of the gaming industry is quite sad right now. Kickstarters are great n stuff but the amount of them popping up is quite alarming. Like fast food, it should only be a once in awhile thing imo. Consumers should not be directly funding projects but i understand why its happening. Seems you cant get a project started if its not COD or a COD clone which shouldn't be the case. The industry rakes in more money than ever. We should be getting a greater diversity of games not less and so i say the industry is broken. Games other than COD can succeed they just the industry just dosent try very often.

Elk
Elk

It's worth mentioning that Al Lowe had nothing to do with these terrible recent releases. The soundtrack would be well worth having it Lowe is taking to the sax again. Awesome!

SaltyMeatballs
SaltyMeatballs

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Stiler
Stiler

Meant to put in my last post but no edit ;(. I was also going to mention, they actually got the rights for the game BACK from the publisher that had it (whom made the terrible box office bust game).

Stiler
Stiler

Some of you guys don't seem to understand. The ORIGINAL LSL game was fantastic and the few after that. The more recent "Box office bust" game had NOTHING to do with Al Lowe (who created LSL). Box office bust was nothing but a cash grab from the publisher.

Pyronius
Pyronius

I loved the Larry games, but there's only so many times I can play remakes. Am I the only one who remembers all the 'VGA Enhanced Edition' games Sierra released in the mid 90s?

supertom221
supertom221

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dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Dream: seeing Larry hit a Rumble Roses girl. :P

burrfoot
burrfoot

If developers keep up with using Kickstarter like this then essentially they are taking our deposit on games instead of places like gamestop.

danmanpro
danmanpro

Al Lowe all the way!!! these were some of the best and hilarious point & click adventure games i've ever played! heck, i wonder if they'll make #4...

azizex6666
azizex6666

almost every adventure game has a following and so does this one, so I think they will succeed.