The Leisure Suit Larry series is one that probably should’ve just died off after ending its run of point-and-click adventures, but instead it simply tarnished its name with the release of the 3D adventures ‘Magna Cum Laude’ (which I didn’t hate too much because I played it when I was a childish teen) and ‘Box Office Bust’ (which is simply one of the worst games I ever played). It was a real sour turn for a series that I was quite fond of and that offered genuinely enjoyable (albeit quite sexist) adventures in the past.

Naturally then, I took the announcement of Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry with a pinch of salt. Sure, it was returning to the series’ point-and-click roots, but maybe the damage was already done following the last couple of games in the series? Thankfully, despite having a few flaws, it’s actually an enjoyable point-and-click adventure, and one that marks a return to form for the series as a whole.

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry’s tale sees series protagonist and all-round lousy guy Larry Laffer ending up in the year 2018 after being kept in a strange laboratory since his early adventures. Of course, Larry is from the 80s, so his ideals and mannerisms aren’t quite up to snuff – it’s something that’s made apparent in some of his early (and sleazy) attempts at pulling some women.

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry

That’s right: one thing hasn’t changed and that’s Larry’s desire to… uh-hum… ‘get laid’, and that’s what makes up the majority of the tale. Of course, it’s modern times, so that means you’ll be using ‘Timber’ (the game’s take on the online dating app Tinder) to interact with a myriad of women and men whilst adapting to modern culture. Sounds like Larry’s toughest endeavour yet, right?

A point-and-click adventure is nothing without entertaining characters and writing, and thankfully Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry delivers. Now don’t go expecting some overly clever script that’s full to the brim with wit – that just isn’t how the Leisure Suit Larry series works. Instead, it’s childish, outlandish, and even crude, but it’s incredibly self-aware of it and almost mocks itself because of it at times. This is a game full of strange stereotypes and clichés, but they all fit in perfectly within the world. It’s the interactions that these stereotypical characters share with Larry that make them most entertaining though, with the clash of style and cultures making for some interesting and genuinely humorous scenarios.

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry

Of course, there are some naff jokes thrown in the mix too. The parodies of social media apps made me wince for example (I mean ‘Instacrap’? Come on…) whilst some jokes just fell flat and weren’t funny. There’s certainly more bad than good, but it’s almost like the game is too self-aware at times and tries to use that as a means of humour – it just doesn’t always work.

Despite the game being a lot more self-aware than in previous entries, it doesn’t play away from its sexist and depraved roots too much. That’s not a bad thing though, since it’s what the series was known for in the first place. What it does do though is show that it’s not trying to be titillating or controversial for the sake of it and accepts that how Larry acts and has acted previously isn’t the correct way to be. In fact, there’s even a moment in the game where Larry is made aware of this in a throwback to his golden years, so it shows that being a sleazebag isn’t the ‘goal’ of the game. It’s good stuff and a nice way to approach it without taking away from what made the series so unique to begin with.

Gameplay-wise, Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry offers exactly what you’d expect from a point-and-click adventure – a myriad of locations to explore, items to find, people to talk to, and puzzles to solve. It doesn’t change much up there and anyone who has played one of the classic Leisure Suit Larry games or just about any other point-and-click adventure will feel right at home.

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry

Of course, it’s all well and good offering the same formula, but if the puzzles aren’t good then the game just wouldn’t be fun. Thankfully, Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry offers more good than bad, with the majority of the puzzles being clever in design and reasonable to solve. Sure, some of them would demand a bit of thought, but that satisfying ‘eureka’ moment where everything clicked is typically present.

However, there were some puzzles where the solution was just a little baffling in the end. As is the case with most point-and-click adventures I play, I had to resort to using every item I held with every object in the environment as a means to progress, and some of the solutions just felt a bit off and like an absolute stretch. It’s something that’s been present in all kind of point-and-click adventures, sure, but it just broke the pace of the game a bit to see that a solution was so obscure that I’d have never solved it through sheer thought alone. As mentioned though, there’s certainly more good than bad, so the sketchy puzzles shouldn’t hinder your enjoyment too much.

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry

The game’s presentation is on point too, with the visuals full of colour and very creative in design. The characters all look great, even if Larry has changed up his look yet again – at least the original voice actor is back on board to ensure he sounds just like you remember, though. Some of the other voice actors don’t give as strong a performance, but Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry’s overall visual and audio presentation is pretty good.

Developer: GameBunch
Publisher: Assemble Entertainment
Platform(s): PC (Reviewed), Mac