Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice review (PC)

Assemble’s Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice is the direct sequel to Wet Dreams Don’t Dry, which brought the Larry franchise back to old fashion adventure games two years ago. CrazyBunch is once again on development duty, and we checked out the game on PC.

The Leisure Suit Larry series goes all the way back to 1987 and it was once of my first experiences with the adventure game genre not long after that. This was pre-Monkey Island by a few years, and the interface for graphical adventure games was that you could move a character around a screen, but needed to type out what you wanted them to do. Figuring out what the game’s parser actually understood was part of the game, and wanting to help Larry realize his fantasies of love and sex were enough reason for many to learn how to type or even learn English.

Fast forward to 2018 and Al Lowe’s creation is now in the hands of Assemble, who are bringing the genre back to where it belongs with Wet Dreams Don’t Dry. This year’s Wet Dreams Dry Twice is the follow-up to that game, which had the clever hook of moving Larry out of the 1980s and into the present day with a time machine, with the modern technology present-day sensitivities making sure Larry feels out of sync with the world around him.

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In Wet Dreams Dry Twice, that hook has worn off a little in terms of the novelty factor, but Larry is still Larry and you get plenty of the same humor that we saw in the first Larry game from CrazyBunch. I say “first Larry game from CrazyBunch” for a reason here, because although the central themes are still very much “Larry” the humor is implemented differently. While the original games weren’t very risque in the visual sense, you’ll see something that resembles a phallic symbol or female body parts in many scenes while playing Wet Dreams Dry Twice. The dialogue is similarly graphic, as Larry finds himself stranded on the island of Cancum and – being on an island – there are plenty of references to how “wet” things are there.

The original games certainly weren’t this overt about sexuality and it wasn’t as much on the forefront, at least in my memory. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the humor on this latest Larry game though – it made me connect with that immature teen inside me that we all have in us, and even when I could see the joke coming from a mile away I still chuckled.

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The narrative in Wet Dreams Don’t Dry is all about Larry finding his way back to his beloved Faith, while avoiding a less-than-desirable situation where he’s married off to one of the locals and other problems along the way – including his ability to suppress basic urges. It’s typical graphical adventure stuff in how it all plays out, and as an example of the genre it works well – regardless of the many innuendos that permeate the experience.

CrazyBunch has also modernized the adventure game experience with a modern user interface, which includes simple mouse controls and the ability to highlight hot spots in any given scene with a press of the space bar. This makes modern adventures far less challenging than some of the classic ones, but also less frustrating – leaving the emphasis on the narrative. And although the overall tone is one that not everyone will enjoy, this is an adventure game with plenty of wacky characters and humor. It may not feel as refreshing as the (premise for the) previous game did, but if you enjoyed CrazyBunch’s first take on Larry you’ll certainly enjoy this one as well.

Score: 7.1/10

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