Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!

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Leisure Suit Larry 6:
Shape Up or Slip Out!
Leisure Suit Larry 6 - Shape Up or Slip Out! Coverart.png
MS-DOS cover art for Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!
Developer(s) Sierra On-Line
Publisher(s) Sierra On-Line
Director(s) Al Lowe
Designer(s) Al Lowe
Programmer(s) Carlos Escobar
Artist(s) Bill Skirvin
Writer(s) Al Lowe
Composer(s) Dan Kehler
Series Leisure Suit Larry
Engine SCI1.1 and SCI2 (High-res CD version)
Platform(s) MS-DOS, Windows, Macintosh
Release 15 June 1993[1]
Genre(s) Adventure game
Mode(s) Single-player

Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! is the fifth entry in the Leisure Suit Larry series of graphical adventure games published by Sierra On-Line. Originally developed for MS-DOS, an enhanced CD-ROM version was published a year later. It includes revamped graphics in SVGA resolution and voice acting, a first for the series. Both versions use an icon interface similar to other Sierra games of the time, but unlike most Sierra games, the icon bar is visible at all times.

The plot continues the exploits of series protagonist Larry Laffer, who has won a free trip to a luxurious health spa populated by women.

The game was re-released in 2017 on Steam with support for Windows.

Gameplay[edit]

The lobby area of La Costa Lotta

Plot[edit]

Larry Laffer is once again single at the outset of the game, as his girlfriend Passionate Patti has been retconned out of the series. After competing — and losing — on the television dating show Stallions, Larry gets an all-expenses-paid trip to La Costa Lotta, a refined health spa. Due to his status as non-paying guest, he is treated rudely by the staff and given the worst room on the premises. As such, none of the available women in the resort want anything to do with Larry, though it is possible to change their minds with the right gifts.

Development[edit]

Reception[edit]

Sales[edit]

Leisure Suit Larry 6 debuted at #6 on PC Research's computer game sales chart for the month of November 1993.[2] It placed variously in sixth and seventh for the next three months.[3][4][5] Al Lowe has said that each game in the Leisure Suit Larry franchise, including Leisure Suit Larry 6, sold over 250,000 copies.[6] According to Sierra On-Line, combined sales of the Larry series surpassed 1.4 million units by the end of March 1996,[7] before the release of Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail!

Critical reviews[edit]

Reception
Review score
PublicationScore
PC Gamer (UK)83%[8]

Allen Greenberg of Computer Gaming World in 1994 called it "a very clever game that will easily offend the puritan-minded, just as it might offend the experienced gamer looking for a serious puzzle challenge." He summarized, "For the novice who enjoys a touch of risqué entertainment and good, off-color jokes, LSL6 is a very novel and enjoyable source of Titillation and Amusement."[9]

Next Generation reviewed the Macintosh version of the game, rating it three stars out of five, and stated that "This sixth Larry installment is filled like a straining brassiere with dozens of the most ghastly come-ons, puerile sexual innuendos and brutal rejections ever assembled on a CD-ROM you might accidentally buy for your kid - but it's strictly PG-rated stuff, of course, and it's all in good, chauvinistic fun."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! [PC]". Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  2. ^ Staff (March 1994). "What's Hot; PC Research Hits List of Top-Selling Software". Computer Gaming World (116): 184.
  3. ^ Staff (April 1994). "What's Hot; PC Research Hits List of Top-Selling Software". Computer Gaming World (117): 184.
  4. ^ Staff (May 1994). "What's Hot; PC Research Hits List of Top-Selling Software". Computer Gaming World (118): 184.
  5. ^ Staff (June 1994). "What's Hot; PC Research Hits List of Top-Selling Software". Computer Gaming World (119): 176.
  6. ^ Lowe, Al (March 19, 1999). "The Death of Adventure Games". Al Lowe's Humor Site. Archived from the original on February 3, 2004.
  7. ^ Sierra On-Line Form 10-K (Report). Bellevue, Washington. March 31, 1996. pp. 7–9. Archived from the original on April 16, 2018.
  8. ^ South, Phil (January 1994). "Babelicious". PC Gamer UK. No. 2. pp. 88–89.
  9. ^ Greenberg, Allen (February 1994). "Can Larry Keep It Up?". Computer Gaming World. No. 115. pp. 156, 158, 160. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  10. ^ "Finals". Next Generation. No. 9. Imagine Media. September 1995. p. 99-100.

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