Larry Laffer, the flagship of the serious erasers, is simply not given a break. After he ended up in the politically correct 2018 after a journey through time that has washed up and finally found his dream woman there, he lost her again in a stupid accident. But that should change again in Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice. Larry goes in search of his beloved Faith under the hot sun of the South Seas and becomes the center of a prophecy and an unwanted secret agent and is also supposed to unravel legendary mysteries.
Sounds like a pretty jam-packed game that the developers CrazyBunch pulled out of their sleeves. Indeed, Larry's latest adventure offers more game time and a bigger world than its predecessor. Wet Dreams Dry Twice is actually directly linked to the previous part, but you do not need to have previous knowledge to get through. Those who played the predecessor will recognize some of the characters and will also know the background to why Larry desperately wants his Faith again, but none of this is necessary.
Holidays on the sex islands
Named Faith has disappeared somewhere in the Kalau'a Archipelago and you need to help Larry scour the islands and look for her. You start off small at first, but in the course of the game more places open up for you, all of which are designed with great attention to detail and packed with allusions and strange, sexualised representations.
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From a certain point on, you can go to the places using the fast travel function, just like in the predecessor. This time, however, that doesn't work by modifying the taxi app Uber. Instead, you build a raft to cruise between the islets. You can select this directly, or via the travel app in your PiPhone, which is again a loyal companion for you. Although the Timber app has disappeared because Larry has now found his great love, there are other useful things available to you. So you can do your tasks in the diary app
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check out which is of great help. Because in the larger world of Wet Dreams Dry Twice you have to do some quests, some of which are fun and some of them just to drag out the game. For example, you will find various fetch quests and subtasks for which you have to run back and forth or drive back and forth, which can be quite annoying in the long run.
New puzzles, old problems
There is also the Pi app, which you can use to get information from your electronic companion if you don't know what to do next. The inventory is of course still there and has been redesigned to provide a better overview. That's good, we say, because you will find an incredible number of items in the new Larry adventure, all of which are interesting and individually designed
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but also make you lose track of things a little.
You combine and use these objects with each other in the classic Larry manner – even in the most absurd combos. The puzzles that you have to solve make mostly sense (at least in the Larry universe), but there are also some blasters that either require endless back and forth or completely frustrate you because they just come along without any logic . The developers are apparently trying to stretch the game to around 15 to 20 hours of playtime, because running errands is illogical and unnecessary.
Hihi, he said penis!
Anyone who knows the Larry games knows that the humor of the title and the protagonist is very borderline and infantile. It's funny and fun for a while, but the longer the ambiguities and clumsy pick-up lines drag, the clearer it becomes that the title doesn't have much more to offer. In the predecessor, this was better solved by the background story that Larry was catapulted into the 21st century through a time travel and first had to find his way. He's been here for a while in Wet Dreams Dry Twice and his sayings are just dull and annoying.
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This is also underlined by the many clichéd characters that you meet in the game. You already know a few of them from the predecessor: The influencer Becky, who says she is entitled to get everything for free because she shares a few Instacrap photos; the hippie queen Shauni, who lives on air and love and lives in other spheres; or the man-eating cannibal tribe. All of these characters may cause an initial smile, but the longer the jokes are exhausted, the more lame they become.
But also the popular cultural allusions, which are otherwise very popular in games and films, are so exhausted in Wet Dreams Dry Twice that there is not even a tired smile left when one happens again. Trekkies are portrayed as idiots who believe every crap, the Wilson ball from Cast Away turns into a sad sex toy and the newest villain looks like a mixture of Psy and Kim Jong Un. Haha, yes, funny, but eventually not anymore.
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Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice (buy now € 26.24 ) does a lot right. The drawn locations look really nice and attention to detail has again been proven, with lots of funny pictures or objects in the background. The puzzles are also mostly fun and have the typical, strange Larry humor. The fast travel function is back, there are some new features and significant improvements in the menu design. Unfortunately, all of this does not obscure the fact that Larry, with his sexist humor and the perhaps funny but still racist stereotypes, is no longer entirely up to date. Fans of the series can look forward to Larry, a somewhat drawn out, but still funny new adventure. Anyone who has always been averse to Larry Laffer and his macho sayings should continue to stay away from the would-be gigolo.
A short joke that often made me turn a blind eye
I've already tested the predecessor and found it not that bad at all! It wasn't, because the concept of time travel and the fact that Larry Laffer ended up in the politically correct 2018 were exciting and new. Unfortunately in Wet Dreams Dry Twice this jump was not quite successful. Because although I had fun and appreciate the new locations and absurd puzzles and stories, there wasn't enough new things for me, not enough progress to bring Larry a bit closer to me as a player in his personal development. I'm probably not your typical audience, okay. But still, I should be offered more than flat jokes and a bunch of clichés. As I said, I enjoyed WDDT, but I would only recommend it to die-hard Larry fans.
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