Trivia / Leisure Suit Larry

  • Executive Meddling: The excessive profanity in Box Office Bust as a substitute for more sexualized content was reportedly done at the request of the game's executive producer, who felt that the storyline and comedy would be enough to sell more copies. Oops....
  • Franchise Killer: Box Office Bust more or less ensured that non-remake games of Leisure Suit Larry wouldn't see the light of day, so much that Al Lowe ended up thanking Activision (who had absorbed Sierra by that point) for keeping him and themselves away from the atrocity. Codemasters actually owns the writers to Leisure Suit Larry, not Activision.
  • God Does Not Own This World: Al Lowe had little-to-no involvement in Magna Cum Laude or Box Office Bust. Heck, due to poor foresight, Al doesn't own the rights to Larry, which Sierra sold to Codemasters. Lowe would famously compare Magna Cum Laude and Box Office Bust to getting a ransom video from your son's kidnappers: "On one hand, you're glad he's still alive, but on the other, oh my God, look what they've done to him!"
    • And again, Al won't be involved with any potential remakes of games 2-3 and 5-7 since his two-year agreement ran out, and a number of unsaid reasons led him to not renewing his contract.
  • Missing Episode: Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies. Actually, Al Lowe declared after the third part that he'd never make LSL 4. He kept his promise, didn't make LSL 4 and continued with LSL 5.
  • Name's the Same: There are technically two games in the series named Leisure Suit Larry's Casino. The first one was a compilation of the casino games from the LSL 1 VGA remake and LSL 5 under the Crazy Nick's Software Picks budget line. There are also two Leisure Suit Larry: Love For Sails as well.
  • Old Shame: Mary Kay Bergman wasn't too fond of her role as the foulmouthed Peggy from Love For Sail. She personally requested not to be credited for the role in the credits, so Peggy was listed "as herself" instead. Keep in mind this was before she landed her role as most of the female population of South Park.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: According to LSL 2's hint book, the spinach dip puzzle was based on an incident that occurred during the game's development. During a party that Al Lowe and his wife were hosting, one of the employees brought spinach dip, which spoiled at some point during the party. Everyone who ate it got dreadfully sick a week later, prompting the idea for the puzzle.
    Al Lowe: You had to figure out that silly puzzle just because I made all of my friends sick at Sierra.
  • Troubled Production: Box Office Bust had to deal with being developed in just under a year, drastically changing the game's point-and-click formula to an open-sandbox platformer, heavily-trimmed down nudity and sexual content in favor of non-stop profanity, Sierra dropping the game after the Activision-Blizzard merger, the Leisure Suit Larry property getting sold to Codemasters, and Codemasters having to rapidly rush the game out to meet its release date.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Around after the development of Love for Sail, there were plans for an 8th installment of the series called Lust In Space. However, due to uncertainty between Lowe and CUC Software, the owners of Sierra at the time, he left the company, grinding production to a halt. However Al has some details about this unmade title.
    • According to the video game book, Porn & Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture, when the Larry series was hot, there were talks about a Leisure Suit Larry film. Jim Carrey was offered a role for the film, but he later declined the role. Al Lowe mentions that the studios offered Carrey scripts for the film that didn't feel like the game.
    • Before the subtitle of "Love for Sail" was chosen for LSL 7, many others were considered. Some of them were included in the game as titles of books in the library.
    • Al Lowe thought of naming the protagonist "Gary" instead of "Larry". Gary was an unpopular traveling sales representative working at Sierra. The name of Gary eventually went to the Camp Gay towel boy in LSL 6.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Leisure Suit Larry Omnipedia.