Larry: "La Costa Lotta, HERE I COME!"
Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! is a video game programmed by Al Lowe and published by Sierra in 1993. It's the fifth (there was no Leisure Suit Larry 4) installment in the Leisure Suit Larry series.
Some time after the previous game, Larry is picked to be a contestant on the dating game Stallions. Naturally, he flubs it and ends up losing. Fortunately for him, the runner up wins a some-expenses paid trip to La Costa Lotta, a tropical health spa and resort. Seeing that the place is full of women, Larry resumes his woman-chasing ways once more.
The game runs on the SCI 1 engine. Larry's movements are controlled with a point-and-click interface. Graphics use VGA again to make more elaborate sprites and detailed pictures of women, even if the colors are a bit garish, though the game no longer has placeholder backgrounds. Deaths were brought back, though they can very easily be undone.
The game was also remade with the SCI 2 engine and further enhanced high-resolution SVGA graphics in 1994, also featuring full voice acting for the first time in the series.
This game provides examples of:
- Absurd Altitude: The La Costa Lotta hotel has a bungee jumping facility so high up that it reaches into space.
- Absurdly Long Limousine: There's one in the intro, with a swimming pool and helicopter pad and tennis court, and takes forever to pass the screen.
- Alliterative Name: Burgundy Bodine.
- Alliterative Title: Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!
- Artistic License Biology: If Larry goes to the mud bath still wearing his leisure suit, it melts and the narrator says La Costa Lotta keeps the temperature of their mud baths slightly higher than the melting point of polyester. He can survive if he takes it off before bathing, though. The melting point of polyester is somewhere around 482 degrees Farenheit or 250 degrees Celsius. No human, wearing a leisure suit or not, could survive bathing in such a temperature.
- Artistic License Cars: Larry is escorted from the Stallions set to La Costa Lotta in a taxi which Larry comments in awe how it's a "cherry '73 Pacer". The AMC Pacer was first introduced in 1975 and no Pacer with a 1973 model year exists. However, this could just be Larry not being very knowledgeable about cars.
- Ass Shove: Let's just say Larry doesn't know what a High Colonic Treatment is.
- Barely-There Swimwear: In order to be allowed to enter the pool area, Larry must fashion a "European-style" swimsuit using only a small hand towel and some dental floss.
- Black Comedy Rape: It's heavily implied that transvestite Shablee rapes Larry; after her Unsettling Gender Reveal, she walks towards Larry, the screen goes black, and there is a strange trumpet noise followed by Larry's pained/disgusted scream.
- Captain Ersatz: Chablee has a strong resemblance to Dil from The Crying Game and not just in the face.
- Ceiling Smash: Larry can get punched by Cavaricchi so hard that he hits the ceiling and gets impaled by something on it.
- Creator Cameo: La Costa Lotta's gate guard is named and modeled after Daryl F. Gates, who, at the time, recently took over the Police Quest series from original creator Jim Walls.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: While it takes some extra effort to accomplish, using the lotion bottle together with the resort pamphlet while on the toilet in the bathroom results in Larry literally dying of embarrassment, as the entire cast of the game lines up outside the window to catch him in the act.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Larry can die just like characters in older Sierra games (including the first three Larry games), but here the player is given the option to "Try Again" which resets Larry to exactly where he was just before the player did whatever caused Larry's death.
- Easter Egg:
- Click the hand icon on the ashtray in the lobby and you will get a repeat of the Thunderbird video.
- Using the hand icon on a loose tile in the shower room will allow Larry to get a good view of a woman showering a la Porky's.
- Edible Theme Naming: All of the women are named after varieties of wine.
- Excited Show Title!: The title ends with an exclamation mark.
- Foreshadowing: Cavaricchi wears a tank top with "USMC" on it, but since the bottom half of the tank top is cut off, the upper parts of the letters look like "HOMO". Later you get involved in a threesome with her, but she ignores you and runs off with Burgundi.
- Gay Option: You can actually hook up with Gary the towel manager but it will result in a game over.
- High-Voltage Death: Larry can try to climb a fence, blatantly ignoring the "High Voltage" signs on it, but that results in a game over.
- Lighter and Softer: When compared to Larry 5. That predecessor tried to have a somewhat serious spy plot, this game goes back to the series roots, featuring Larry just having fun at a spa and chasing after women. While this game does bring back the death feature, those are ultimately inconsequential.
- Loophole Abuse: Billy Dee explains to Larry that he can't give him the key to the jumping tower because he can't accept risking the lives of paying customers. When Larry responds by saying that he's on a freebie, Billy gives him the key without hesitation.
- Mistaken for Profound: Shamara takes basically everything Larry says or does as if it were infinitely deeper and more thoughtful than it actually is.
- Opening The Floodgates: This is one of the ways you can die."Next time, try entering the swimming pool from upstairs!"
- Scenery Porn: While it's actually the previous game which made the switch to VGA, it still had many remnants of EGA graphics and placeholder backgrounds in it. This game, however, takes full advantage of the new color system and shows an illustrious resort in which all backgrounds feel complete, and the high-resolution SVGA version takes this Up to Eleven.
- Second Prize: Larry is recruited as a contestant on a rigged game show. He ends up winning the second prize, two weeks at a health spa and resort, which is where the game is set.
- Self-Abuse: Larry's attempt at beating off is this, as he possesses no self-control and goes blind from it, naturally resulting in a game over.
- Show Within a Show: Stallions is an in-universe game show Larry takes part in and wins the trip to La Costa Lotta.
- Soft Water: Averted. After jumping from the diving tower which is really tall, Larry hits the water incredibly hard and shouts from the pain.
- Tagline: "Play this game. Play it hard."
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: The dark-skinned makeup artist Shablee turns out to be a cross-dresser/transvestite (according to documentation/development notes), still sporting a sizable phallus. As Larry learns the truth only after some passionate kissing, his immediate after-the-reveal reaction is to recoil and start spitting and gagging. The next morning's shot shows him in his room rinsing furiously.
- Worth It: Larry can be part of an exercise program with Cavaricci Vuarnet. If Larry keeps grabbing at her shirt, she'll eventually give Larry "just a quick peek" underneath it, then proceed to uppercut him into the pipes above the room, killing him instantly. The Narrator lets you know Larry thought it was worth it.