Larry is back! And this time he makes the Caribbean unsafe to save his loved one. That sounds like a big task for the little man in the white suit, maybe too big. Because: Leisure Suit Larry has a problem that is not of a playful nature. Society has changed, opinions, currents, morals - and thus also what is still funny or already inappropriate. In our review of Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice, we'll tell you whether the protagonist comes across as casual enough that you can simply smile away from embarrassment.


Finally vacation, says Larry, and sets off for the South Seas. The sunny Caribbean seems to be the perfect setting for a game from the Larry series: hot temperatures, hot girls, hot clothes, cool cocktails. And then just rip open women? The story is not that clumsy after all. Larry Laffer makes a living as a secret agent, is confronted with mystery and otherwise does what men do who wear shirts, jackets and long trousers at 45 degrees in the shade.

Vacation on "Cancum"

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice is an old-school point-and-click adventure game. As Larry Laffer, you wander through visually impressive, because hand-drawn, game environments, looking for objects and subjects with whom you can interact and then trying out what can be done with the collected stuff. That has often succeeded, but sometimes too absurd to be understandable on a logical level. You can probably guess: The quality of the puzzles varies greatly. It doesn't have to be difficult in every situation at the same time, but overall the level of challenge is quite high and corresponds to what one is familiar with from similar puzzle adventures. 

Finally humming at the hotel, the adventure can begin. Source: Assembly

Finally humming at the hotel, the adventure can begin. Source: Assemble Entertainment

Players are supported by technology in the form of Larry's smartphone, on which useful apps are installed that help to combine objects and to keep an eye on the goals of the game. Sometimes the great strength of the game becomes apparent: Most puzzles motivate you to try it out, require you to think outside the box, but the help brings them to a level that does not overwhelm even beginners in the genre. You always have at least a vague idea of ​​what to look for. You never get into a real dead end. Great!

Another quick travel function is also helpful. You can travel to the individual islands using the travel app. It's quick and saves nerves. At the end of the day, the game time is almost 20 hours, not least because some tasks found their way into the game as deliberately implemented time wasters and not because it was absolutely necessary for play. So be it: The majority of the playing time is spent in an entertaining way.

Even if some puzzles turn out to be tough nuts and the logic suffers from time to time, the puzzles are not really unfair. This shows how well the developers have transferred the classic idea of ​​point-and-click adventures into a modern era. What Larry Laffer Games used to suffer from - namely partially unsolvable puzzles - is no longer noticeable. You have actually created challenging, but always manageable game situations. Because that's the central game element in a puzzle adventure, you can only take your hat off to Larry. If frustrating moments arise, these are usually transformed by the sarcastic humor. Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice is basically funny, no question about it. 

Pull moral club or leave it stuck?

With offshoots from the Leisure Suit Larry series, it is like comedies: the danger of jokes that wears off is always hanging over the production like a sword of Damocles. It's no different with Wet Dreams Dry Twice. The game makes use of common clichés, and not too tightly. Sometimes it's funny and exaggerated, sometimes terrifyingly absurd, sometimes wrong - it's the stereotypical Larry humor that you either appreciate, simply accept or criticize. It ultimately depends on how much fun you can have with Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice. 

There is cum a game environment where you don't want to hide the screen quickly when mom knocks on the door. Image rights: Assembly

There is cum a game environment where you don't want to hide the screen quickly when mom knocks on the door. Image rights: Assemble Entertainment

A big grin, which you can have when starting the game in view of a few gags, becomes narrower the longer you play the adventure. That doesn't mean that later jokes are automatically the worse ones. On the contrary: there is always something to laugh at - whether you should is the other question.  

In fact, there is a far bigger problem visible today, that of social policy and morality. What was common a few decades ago is frowned upon today, is ostracized, and often rightly criticized. Larry's joke hasn't adjusted enough over the years, it seems. Yes, it's about irony and often the black humor context is not only obvious, but literally jumps in the player's face - what is no longer up-to-date, however, is the latently sexist undertone, the game with stereotypes.

As much as this is meant as a joke, one could have done educational work packed into the game at the same time, perhaps in view of the crude currents that flow in the real world. More swipes at Larry's inappropriate tendencies would have been welcome. So it's like it always was: If you don't find the macho in a white suit funny, Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice won't be able to change your mind either. Anyone who likes the typical humor that makes others feel ashamed will be well served in the successor. But you have to be able to refrain from swinging the moral club.

Regardless of how you feel about the jokes and comments, behind the vulgar chatter there is a real background story that you are happy to follow.  

Oh, cum on: some gags are so terribly striking. Image rights: Assembly

Oh, cum on: some gags are so terribly striking. Image rights: Assemble Entertainment

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice is a playful success, the puzzles are fun, the sound is great, the look is terrific in places - and yet the spark does not want to skip the entire playing time. It's not the game itself - what Crazy Bunch and Assemble Entertainment got out of the basic idea of ​​the series is ultimately excellent.

It is apparently due to Larry Laffer, who has fallen out of time with his appearance, his humor, his manner. In the first offshoot Wet dreams don't dry was exactly the running gag, the time travel itself - and the joke behind it worked. Now at times it seems as if you don't know what to do with the worn-out grinder. And so the tightrope walk between high quality playfulness, good humor, sparkling sarcasm and stupid jokes to make others feel ashamed, is always noticeable.  

Infobox

Number of players: 1
Age: not specified
Difficulty: medium
Long-term motivation: low
Genre: Adventure
Sub-genre: point-and-click puzzles

Publisher: Assemble Entertainment
Developer: CrazyBunch
Official Website: Link
Year of publication: 2020
platforms: PC
Language: German
Cost: 34,99 Euro

Summary

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice basically relies on three success factors that have made the entire series great: penis jokes, penis gags and penis humor. The developers have succeeded in mixing these basic ingredients in a balanced ratio. In other words: Larry Laffer is as good as he was in 2020 in 1987. How good is that? Players now have to decide for themselves just as much as they did then. After all: you can get involved in it purely playfully!

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice is a double-edged sword: Sometimes great puzzles and a good story meet a successful presentation and, at best, idiosyncratic humor. Yes, there are a lot of jokes, but with others you have to shut your eyes to be able to wave that through as sarcasm. It's like with the heaps of comedians sprouting out of the ground: you either like their joke or you switch off.

It is similar with Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice and that is bad in parts, because what Assemble Entertainment and Crazy Bunch have playfully put together is seldom in the genre of the already rare point-and-click classics. A little less offensive would have done the joke good. Larry Laffer should have been able to take part in a further development after his time travel and that would certainly also succeed without letting the macho be too soft, too adapted. Of course you understand the swipes behind the gags and of course the jokes don't reflect the opinions of the developer or the publisher. Because the games industry is also struggling with sexism problems and far worse hostility, Larry Laffer seems to be partly out of place with his views from the eighties, which of course were already out of date back then. 

Disregarding moral and socio-political considerations, Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice presents itself as an excellent puzzle game that sometimes babbles, sometimes challenges, and seldom annoys. Overall, you are offered a worthwhile gaming experience for around 20 hours, but the content is strongly geared towards its target group. Fans of the series will cheer for the quality, newcomers can feel how it was over 20 years ago when Al Lowe and Mark Crowe released the first offshoot of the series and were overwhelmed by the concentrated power of the slippery jokes. 

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice draws its humor from provocations, you have to know that, you should be able to accept that - then you will have a lot of fun with the game. Anyone who blushes with shame at vulgar gags should think twice about making a purchase. Fortunately, there is a free demo available.


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