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Narrator: "What a dream assignment! Travel across the United States, visiting three of the sexiest women in America, and you get paid for doing it!! Larry, it looks like things are really beginning to go your way."
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Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work is a video game published by Sierra in 1991. It's the fourth (there was no Leisure Suit Larry 4, Al Lowe, the series' creator, had previously stated that there wouldn't a Larry 4 and decided to make good on that promise) installment in the Leisure Suit Larry series.

Larry Laffer has found work as a lowly tape-sanitizer for the rather seedy adult film producing company PornProdCorp. His boss, the sinister and slimly CEO Silas Scruemall, is about to launch his newest project, the show "America's Sexiest Home Videos", and wants to employ American's sexiest woman as the host. Mr. Scruemall, however, is concerned about the host being able to interact with your average American male, so he is on the lookout for the lamest, most unappealing and sexless person possible to "audition" the candidates, believing that anyone willing to lower their standards to such a degree must be perfect for the job. Since Mr. Scruemall finds Larry to be the dorkiest loser amongst his staff, he chooses him for the job, promising him a big promotion in return (perhaps even the post as Assistant Associate Director). Larry, although very elated about being given this big break, notices that he hasn't been feeling all that well lately, as if something had happened between getting hired by Sierra in Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals and the position he is in now.

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Meanwhile, Patti finds herself getting fired from a sleazy nightclub after the owner refuses to pay her. Wanting to get back at the music industry, she gets recruited by the FBI to look into des Revers Records and K-RAP Studios, a record company and radio station respectively, who are being accused of sending backmasked pro-pornography messages in their music.

The game runs on the SCI 1 engine. The protagonists' movements are controlled with a point-and-click interface, the first time in the series unless you counts the VGA remake of Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards. Graphics make good use of VGA with better and more colorful sprites than before, though there are still remnants of EGA such as Larry still having a red skin tone, as well as there being placeholder backgrounds. Deaths were also completely removed and unwinnable situations are very rare, making this game a good starting point for newcomers. The game also often switches control between Larry and Patti.

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The game is available on Steam here.


This game provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Silas Scruemall keeps calling Larry Laffer wrong names, like Larcher, Loafer, and Loaner.
  • Alliterative Name: Bobbi Bahng, Bobbi Bang, Bobbi Bangue, Bobbi Biang, Jennifer Jiggle, Michelle Milken, Pat Patterson, Pia Priapous, Rockin' Roller, and Silas Scruemall.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: As funny as they sound, all the locations in the Aerodork pamphlet are real.
  • Blackface: Unintentionally occurs with Passionate Patti due to a malfunctioning copy machine.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: Subverted. Patti gets shown several gadgets in the FBI lab at the beginning of the game, but she only uses one: the bra cannon.
  • Chest Blaster: The Hooter Shooter bra cannon.
  • Crash Course Landing: Larry is picked to land his flight (due to his experience in selling flight simulator programs) when the pilot goes on strike in the middle of the air due to a union contract dispute.
  • Darker and Edgier: In a weird way, the game is this to the EGA Larrys. While the death feature has been removed, the game attempts to have a somewhat serious spy plot and there are many more moments of tension, unlike in the previous games in which Larry just searched for women while comical things happened to him.
  • Easy Amnesia: Justified: At the start of the game, Larry, being a character in a computer game, has completely forgotten the events of his previous adventure, Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies, because the villain has stolen the game disks.
    • In reality, Leisure Suit Larry 4 never even existed, as the third game's ending didn't lend itself to a sequel and the designers decided to skip straight to the fifth game, letting players come up with their own theories on the events of Leisure Suit Larry 4.
      • There's also the fact that Al Lowe promised there'd never be a fourth game of the series, due to some of the negative reactions garnered by the series. He kept his promise, too...
      • The game was indeed created, but was flushed down a toilet by Roger Wilco in Space Quest IV. This temporal paradox caused the game to never be published.
  • Endless Corridor: Atlantic City's boardwalk is infinitely long (supposedly), and it will take you the same time to get back as it did to get out there.
  • Erotic Eating: Michelle Milkem eating a banana split. Complete with the remains of the banana split having a rather suspicious phallic shape...
  • Fun with Acronyms: C.A.N.E.: Conservatives Against Nearly Everything.
  • Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: One of the puzzles involves Patti breaking out of a room that has its door blocked by an apparently immovable, insurmountable, microphone stand.
  • Left the Background Music On: The tape room at the beginning has a boombox that plays songs from the game's soundtrack.
  • Luck-Based Mission: A situation occurs with a video poker machine. Save Scumming is not required (if you lose your money you can hit for a little more) but definitely encouraged (the total you need to advance is very high compared to your starting amount).
  • Meat Grinder Surgery: Passionate Patti gets this treatment with a drill during a Tracking Device implantation.
  • Mister Big: The similarly named Mr. Bigg is not very tall and he's the game's villain.
  • Sequel Difficulty Drop: The first game in the series where it's impossible to lose by design, though there are a few oversights that can cause the player to paint themselves into a corner.
  • Sexophone: This game has a song called "Saxy Sex".
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Pretty much everything that Patti does amounts to nothing. She shoots the villain, but despite drawing a gun in the White House in the presence of the Vice President, he gets off through a convoluted Chewbacca Defense. The mob's plan to use subliminals in music falls apart not because of her efforts, but because nobody could figure out to play CDs backwards. The mob's efforts to influence the government failed when their proposed bills got stuck in committee. And both of these together cause the mob to get out of the porn business, but that doesn't mean much because they quickly find alternative ways to make money. At least she got a weekend with Larry at Camp David out of it.
  • Shout-Out: Examining one of the computers on display at the Hard Disk Cafe will have the narrator exclaim it could play Zeliard. Josh Mandel, who was a writer for Larry 5, was also the producer for the English localization of Zeliard.
  • Stealth Pun: There are some cases, like when you make Larry talk to a bush, he will say:
    Larry: "Hi, is by any chance your name George?"
  • Subliminal Seduction: Des Rever Records is suspected of planting subliminal messages in their records to get customers to buy porn. This is confirmed when you listen to the golden record backwards.
  • Tagline: "Sex, thugs and rock 'n roll."
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: An Unwinnable by Design occurs if you forget to write down the numbers of the various limousine companies you must call throughout the game at the single time they're shown in each location. This leads to an this trope: At one location, you can call a different "green card" limo company instead of the regular one, but when you want to return, they won't pick up; only the regular limo can take you back to the airport. If you only wrote down the green card number assuming they could return you, you'll never be able to get back. Worse, because viewing the real limo company number is a flagged event, failing to view it makes the scenario unwinnable even if you use a guide to get the correct number (with Sierra's stock "Oops!" error).
  • X-Ray Sparks: Happens when you stick your fingers in an outlet. As they had decided to remove the accidental deaths from the series around this time, it isn't fatal.
  • Yes-Man: Mr. Scruemall has three Yes Men who always agree and congratulate him.

Alternative Title(s): Leisure Suit Larry 5

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