The Leisure Suit Larry series is back ever since being dormant since the ‘90s. This is due to the humor that has been upstaged increasingly by foul media and some that simply never wanted to give this great series a chance. Vivendi Universal Games and developer High Voltage have created Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, a complete reinnovation of the gameplay and content that bid farewell to the innuendo and entendre-based gags replaced by amazing humor that rivals comedies in terms of shock value. Sadly as a result, a laborious amount of shallow minigames that account for frustrating gameplay and design as a result pool this new title. As long as you can look past it all, Magna Cum Laude is an intensely satisfying game about the sexual innuendo’s of Larry Loveage that anyone will come to love.
Magna Cum Laude finally places players into the erotic pants of college aged loser by the name of Larry Lovage. This new Larry is the nephew of the old-school Leisure Suit Larry series character, Larry Laffer. This Larry is just famous like his uncle from his dressing style and questionable methods of attracting the undying love of the opposite sex. Larry only begins to dream about women, a possibility that he can only get with them in his dream. When he wakes up, he gets lucky when he finds out a new dating show called Swingles is coming to his community college. Larry is determined to become a Swingles contestant so that he can try to win the love of one of the hot three girls on the show. Unfortunately Uma, the show’s host, does not believe he is capable.
The main portions of Magna Cum Laude’s story largely involve Larry’s attempts to seduce a series of stereotypical women scattered about the campus and surrounding town. There is the highly popular and ditzy cheerleader, the tough greaser/biker chick, the artsy French girl, the bookworm-turned vixen/lesbian, and a sex-obsessed band geek. To try to win their affection, Larry has to perform various tasks to prove himself to them or to just plain trick them. Typically, this involves a lot of minigames and a lot of alcohol.
The primary minigame you will find yourself faced with in Magna Cum Laude is the conversation minigame. At the bottom of the window, you navigate a smiley-faced sperm through a wacky obstacle course until you get a happy face. At that point, you are good to go. The only problem comes in mission structure and overall game design. The minigame design falls on requiring money or specific items to activate them, which is done by various other side-missions. The game requires a lot of these for the overall quality of the game which falls largely short as a result of the design.
When it comes to the upshot, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is not a completely recommendable game than it is a recommendable experience. The gameplay comprises of minigames that border on insignificant and are uninteresting as a whole, but the comedically brilliant story, characters, and dialogue, as well as the mood and profane tone of it all, really do make this game a must-buy for anyone that loves humor and sexually explicit comedy.