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Interviewer: Leisure Suit Larry! You've just leapt from the 40th floor of a burning building! What are you gonna do next?
Larry: I'm going to... take a cruise!

Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! is a video game programmed by Al Lowe and published by Sierra in 1996. It's the sixth (there was no Leisure Suit Larry 4) installment in the Leisure Suit Larry series.

After a very heated night with Shamara that doesn't go his way, Larry decides to take a trip on the PMS Bouncy, a luxurious cruise ship. The cruise has a weekly contest that has contestants compete in various events across the ship, and the winner gets to spend the rest of the week with Captain Thygh, the ship's helmswoman, in her personal cabin. Naturally Larry competes and will do anything necessary to win the contest.

The game runs on the SCI 3 engine. Larry's movements are controlled with a point-and-click interface, though the text parser is used occasionally for some jokes. The game takes full advantage that it's SVGA, and not only were the animations fluid and looked like something you'd find in a cartoon, there was also full voice acting. Deaths were also removed once again. The game also came with the Cyber-Sniff 2000, a sheet of scratch-and-sniff paper with nine spots on it, the game would at times say "Cyber-Sniff 2000!" and display a number that should be scratched depending on the situation, allowing the player to know what the area they're in smells like.

The game also received a Polish dub and translation known as Larry 7: Miłość na fali, notable for including new jokes and Jerzy Stuhr providing the voice for Larry, he also did Donkey's voice in the Polish version of Shrek.

This game provides examples of:

  • 100% Completion: This involves getting all 1000 points, finding all 32 Dildoes and unlocking all the Easter Eggs involving all girls except Captain Thygh. Doing so unlocks The Stinger wherein Larry and Captain Thygh get abducted by aliens and taken to space.
  • Advanced Tech 2000: There's plenty of things that end with “2000” in the game which was released in 1996. To name a few: Caviarmaster 2000, Cyber-Cheese 2000, Cyber-Sniff 2000, and Lovemaster 2000.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Larry crawls through an air vent in Xqwzts's room and ends up unwittingly taking part in the Blind Dessert Taste Test.
  • Alien Abduction: It happens to Larry and Captain Thygh during The Stinger if you get 100% Completion.
  • All Take and No Give: The narrator may accuse Larry of only thinking about taking and suggest giving for a change if he tries the "Take" command on something he can't get.
  • Anthropomorphic Typography: Flushing the toilet may result in a walking letter P coming out of the drain pipe.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: Played with in the case of Wang, who was raised in Ireland thanks to his parents being missionaries, but speaks in this manner because he feels it sounds awkward otherwise. Sometimes he'll slip back into the Irish accent though.
  • Aside Glance: Larry does one cracking a smile when he's on the stage with the Juggs as they start to get hot...
  • Automatic New Game: This game does this if there is no previous save file present, throwing you straight into the intro.
  • Big "OMG!": The narrator says this in a disgusted tone when viewing an orgy depicted on a frieze above the door to the ballroom.
  • Boss Button: There's a command for hiding the game called "The Boss!" and it's probably the most convincing yet (or at least, it would be in 1996), showing a complete system format and volume label in traditional DOS fashion.
  • Cactus Cushion: In the opening sequence, Larry must escape from a burning hotel room, suffering a Humiliation Conga in the form of a series of increasingly severe (though cartoonishly depicted) injuries in the process, all of which he ignores except for the paper cuts. The sequence ends with him landing on a saguaro, straddling one of the branches with its top in his mouth.
  • The Cameo:
    • Torin and Boogle can be seen on the dock next to the PMS Bouncy during the opening credits. Later on, Torin reappears as a cameraman during one of the many attempts by Larry to get to his cabin without being seen naked.
    • When Larry climbs into the ventilation shaft from Xqwzts's room, one can see a rat reminiscent of everyone's favourite Disney mouse, up to wearing the iconic red shorts and yellow boots.
  • Chained to a Bed: A variation occurs at the beginning, wherein Shamara (after indeed spending the night with Larry), leaves him handcuffed to a bed and steals Larry's wallet... Then he accidentally sets La Costa Lotta on fire.
  • Character as Himself: Peggy is listed in the credits as "Herself". She's actually voiced by Mary Kay Bergman, but she requested not to be credited due to her foul language.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Everything Peggy says.
  • Collection Sidequest: The 'Where's Dildo?' sidequest, which involves finding all the red-and-white-striped dildos scattered around the ship.
  • Continue Your Mission, Dammit!: The PMS Bouncy's announcer will gradually goad you to do various things to keep the plot rolling, including entering the ship's lounge to start the contest, or entering Captain Thygh's cabin when you win said contest. Wait around long enough and he'll start yelling at Larry (and by extension, you) personally.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Al Lowe can be one of the contestants the ship's announcer declaring him the winner of one of the contests.
    • Lowe also makes an audible appearance in an Easter egg regarding Peggy. Looking at Peggy's breasts will cause Neil Ross to break character and complain about the line given to him. Lowe can be heard in the background laughing and insisting he continue.
    • Look in the porthole of the Captain's cabin. Seems like Al was the previous week's winner.
    • Ken Williams makes two appearances; the first being a portrait on the wall outside the employee break room, and the second as Rod, the ship's children's entertainer. Not only does Larry call out the fact that there are no children on the ship, he also points out all the times the two have met in past Larry games, though Rod denies they've met before.
  • Culture Chop Suey: Xqwzts's theme is one of these, mostly to sell you on how foreign he really is.
  • Door Dumb: A variation. The door to the break room is heavily secured with all kinds of bio-metric sensors and dozens of weapons tracking your every movement. How do you open? Push. It's not locked. However, the "push" command is not on the list of options and has to be typed in.
  • Dub Name Change: Many character names were changed for the Polish version.
    • Captain Thygh to Kasia
    • Victorian Principles to Wiktoria Bibliofilska
    • The Juggs to Dzbanuszki
    • Drew Baringmore to Gosia Kroft
    • Peggy to Jańcia
    • Jamie Lee Coitus to Asia Dyktator
  • Easter Egg: When some specific non-compulsive actions are accomplished (such as "Milk the beaver"), the flashing image of an Easter Egg will appear on the corner of the screen and Larry will access some "sexy" extra scenes.
    • Hit ctrl P twice, and you'll get psychedelic mode.
    • There are literal Easter Eggs throughout the game. For example, go to the Library after you replaced Victoria's book, you'll see she's playing Leisure Suit Larry 6. Hit CTRL button and click on the man on the left.
    • After the Juggs performance, go to library and "milk" the beaver on the shelf. Then go to the lounge, go onto the stage, type feel on the soundboard, order a gigantic erection from Johnson and then enter the dressing room.
    • Typing “DREAM” when selecting Jamie Lee Coitus will trigger a scene where she flashes her breasts at Larry:
    Jamie: Say magna-feet! note 
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Should you trigger an Easter Egg, Larry can stare at Drew Baringmore's bare breasts without interruption.
  • Elective Broken Language: Wang, who was born in Ireland, but speaks with a stereotypical Chinese accent and You No Take Candle because he gets awkward looks otherwise.
  • Euphemistic Names: Almost all of the girls' names are sexual euphemisms (in addition to referencing movie stars): Jamie Lee Coitus, Whydoncha Jugg, Annette Boning, etc. The male crew members are named after euphemisms for a part of the male anatomy: Peter, Johnson, Wang, Dick, etc.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Captain Thygh. There's a female competing in her contest.
  • Facepalm: A fireman can be seeing facepalming during Larry's jump from the burning building.
  • Fauxreigner: The character Wang, obviously Chinese, is foreign... but from Ireland, and speaks English fluently with an Irish accent. Since people kept staring at him, he adopted a stereotypical Chinese accent and You No Take Candle. His Irish accent slips through whenever he gets upset or annoyed, prompting Larry to ask him about it.
  • Femme Fatale: Annette Boning, who wants her elderly husband dead, is very much this, complete with a stylish black outfit and a thematic jazz tune. Also, Dewmi Moore, who hangs around at the casino and spikes Larry's drink with "orgasmic powder", resulting in him having a Mushroom Samba experience.
  • Flatline: Mr. Boning's electrocardiogram quickly picks up in activity and eventually flatlines when Larry screws him. Annette eventually turns it off.
  • Flushing-Edge Interactivity: Larry can flush the toilet after connecting a fire hose to it, with multiple odd items randomly coming out of the pipe after flushing.
  • Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: Necessary to get Drew out of your shower (and harvest the mold needed for a quiche recipe).
  • Foreshadowing: Trying to use the "undress" command on Larry himself when it's available may make the narrator state "Not here. There aren't quite enough people watching you yet." Later on, using it in the dark Blind Dessert Taste Test room indeed makes Larry undress, and once the lights are back on, a fairly large amount of people sees him.
  • French Jerk: Jacques the croupier.
    Jacques (thinking): "Hm, American asshole!"
  • Funbag Airbag: In the opening, Larry, while trying to jump to safety from the penthouse, ends up bouncing back on the humongous bosom of an opera singer practicing on her balcony.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: The input box for typing a verb or conversation topic has a limit of 20 characters, but using all 20 on the text entry will freeze the game.
  • Going Commando: Drew. She insists on lounging by the ship's pool completely naked. The only way to get her to your cabin is to find her suitcase in the luggage hold.
  • Gold Digger: Larry's main Love Interest in the previous game (who was a rich Granola Girl) suddenly turns into this trope after sleeping with Larry. She chains him to the bed and leaves with his wallet. His primary pursuit in this game (Captain Thygh) also turns out to be this, not to mention the Black Widow in the game who hires Larry to off her husband. Of course, neither Thygh nor Larry have any intention for a long-term relationship, but when Larry wins the contest, she refuses to honor her end of the deal until he shows her how much money he has.
  • Guide Dang It!: While the game is pretty chill and can be finished normally without a walkthrough (barring one Unintentionally Unwinnable instance listed below), getting 100% Completion, which involves getting all 1000 points, finding all 32 Dildoes and seeing all six hidden "Easter Eggs" is impossible without a guide. This is especially egregious in the case of the Easter Eggs (one for example needs you to press CTRL and click on a specific spot on the screen, something that you don't need to do for anything else in the game)
  • Hairpin Lockpick: Larry manages to use the needle after bending it with vice grips, both of which he found in the La Costa Lotta complimentary Lil' Hair Weave Kit, to open his handcuffs at the beginning of the game.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: Several times, Larry loses all of his clothes and has to sneak back to his room naked, covering himself with an object related to the last scene.
  • Hot Librarian: Victorian Principles, a literal librarian example. One of Larry's goals, which he eventually achieves all too well, is to unleash her inner sex maniac, which he accomplishes by swapping one of her books with The Erotic Adventures of Hercules.
  • Idiosyncratic Menu Labels: The game uses "Lemme Outta Here!" as it's exit button.
  • I'm Going to Disney World!: At the beginning, when Larry ends up on a cactus, an interviewer asks him what he's going to do next. Larry responds that he'll take a cruise.
  • Immediate Sequel: This game picks up after Larry's night with Shamara, presumably within hours of the ending of the previous game.
  • I've Come Too Far: When Larry is about to enter Captain Thygh's cabin, he sees the previous week's winner in horrid shape warning him not to go in there and the narrator asking if he is sure that he wants to continue. Larry responds by saying "I made it this far, I'm not quitting now!" and continuing.
  • Japanese Tourist: A cutscene goes like this: after returning from one of his disastrous sexual escapades, the protagonist stumbles upon a group of camera-wielding Japanese tourists. Who take very embarrassing photos of his butt-naked self.
  • Joisey: Jamie Lee Coitus speaks with this accent.
  • Lame Rhyme Dodge: Larry can say this to the librarian Victorian Principles before transforming her:
    Larry: Tickle your ass with a feather?
    Victorian: *gasps* What did you say?!
    Larry: Particularly nasty weather?
    Victorian: Oh. Right...
  • Logo Joke: The game starts with Larry attempting to carry a metallic ball with Sierra's logo on it, only for him to be crushed by it.
  • LOL, 69: There is a locker in the employees-only room which is protected by a lock. The menu for inputting the password for it gives the example combination "69-69-69".
  • Lotus Position: Xqwzts sits in this position on a bed of spikes to add to his foreign nature.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Which is followed up by Minor Injury Overreaction. In the opening, Larry leaps through a sliding glass door, embedding shards of broken glass in his flesh, then picks up a postcard and whines about getting a paper cut.
  • Male Gaze: This is played with, when Larry slowly tries to look down (twice) on Drew's breasts while they are talking but he fails as she tells him to look at her straight in the eyes. Humorously, there's an Easter Egg way to get your money's worth here. Larry simply has to plug his ears, and he won't hear her.
  • Mini-Game: The infamous Strip Liar's Dice.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Larry ends up ... boning Mr. Boning to death, and fears he has fallen into this.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Nailmi Jugg from looks hardly older than her daughter Wydoncha.
  • Mushroom Samba: After ingesting the drugged drink from Dewmi Moore, Larry hallucinates weird stuff like her melting, Peggy as a witch, him jumping and tossing flowers on his own hand, and dancing dildos. It must be seen to be believed.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: When talking to the nudist Drew Barringmore, she'll chide Larry as his gaze gradually drops. Unless you found the earplugs.
  • Myopic Architecture: The door to the staff room is heavy steel and, if you get too close, about a hundred weapons emerge from the walls to point directly at your head. Security measures include testers for DNA, fingerprints, retinal scans, tongue prints, and urine analysis. But, it turns out, the latch doesn't work properly and you can get in by just pushing on it. To be fair, the option isn't among the list of available commands on the door. You have to type it in.
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: Being naked outside of a locked room is made into a Running Gag.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: All of the girls have names that reference female Hollywood stars, such as Drew Baringmore and Jamie Lee Coitus.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: With Annette Boning. Annette wants to persuade Larry to kill her rich old husband, while Larry thinks that she just wants to have sex with him. The player can hear what they think, and so sees how they keep misinterpeting the other's words.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-universe example. Wang is very obviously Chinese, but since he grew up in Ireland, he has an Irish accent, which gets him strange looks... so he resorts to using You No Take Candle, but unsuccessfully enough that Larry sees through it.
  • Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: Victorian Principles asks Larry "So, is that a library book in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?"
  • Orgasmically Delicious: Larry wins a cooking competition by making a quiche that has this effect on the judges... because it's laced with "orgasmic powder".
  • Out with a Bang: Mr. Boning dies when Larry unknowingly bones him.
  • Overly-Long Gag: The "Increase Filth Level" button is this. You can keep pressing it and the Filth Level will get a random new adjective/adverb each time, eventually leading to ridiculously long levels taking up the whole screen, even making the "Continue" button disappear. Here's just an example without repeats: Througly Extensively Fully Without Reservation Quite Entirely Mighty Extremely Very Extra Exceptionally Globally Incredibly Universally Mondo Completely Ultra Utterly Super Filthy.
  • Permanently Missable Content:
    • Some of the Where's Dildo? locations are in areas that can be locked after completing events in the contest. For example, the ship's ballroom becomes inaccessible after helping Jaime Lee with the fashion show.
    • The Easter Eggs for each heroine needed for 100% Completion can not be obtained once you have completed said heroine's quests.
  • Punny Name: Lots of them! Several include nudist Drew Barringmore, (initially) prudish librarian Victorian Principles, and mother and daughter country music duo Wydoncha nd Nailmi Jugg.
  • Retraux: This game brings back the Text Parser used in the first three games for specific actions (BREAKing the glass door in the beginning), extra conversation pieces (some even required to keep the plot moving), and triggers for Easter eggs (MILKing the stuffed beaver).
  • Running Gag: Larry keeps returning to his cabin from his endeavors naked. And there's always someone to spot him.
  • Scenery Censor:
    • One of the best examples is the strip dice game with Dewmi once she's down to her underwear. The game takes place at a glass table. The player anticipates to see Dewmi topless. Instead, she takes off her bottoms first. However, before she does that, she empties her shot glass and puts it back on the table in the only position where it completely obstructs her crotch.
    • Drew Barringmore is completely naked in the pool, however a plant is placed at just the right spot that prevents the player from seeing her nipples. She later walks out of the pool but sadly Larry moves in front of her, blocking the view. The player can potentially avert this however if Drew's Easter Eggs are correctly activated.
  • Scenery Porn: This game exceeds even the previous game in terms of backgrounds, and that predecessor was no slouch itself. Each background is colorful, shaded well, and contains lots of minuscule details.
  • Sewer Gator: Larry's toilet can flush out an entire alligator, despite it seemingly being too small to do so.
  • Shout-Out: One of the many ship announcements will mention Slim and Slime winning the Moat Olympics portion of the contest.
    • In the cooking contest, when the male judge sees the female judges reaction to Larry's special cuisine, he say "I'll have what she's having" ala When Harry Met Sally...
  • Skeleton Key: Xqwzts leaves Larry with a key which can open all doors on the ship.
  • Sliding Scale of Linearity vs. Openness: A 4 on the scale. You are goaded to keep going with the main adventure, but many parts can be done in any order and exploration is encouraged with the "Where's Dildo?" sidequest.
  • Smoke Out: After Larry shows Xqwtzs his passport, the latter throws a smoke bomb and escapes while laughing.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: There are three instances: In the opening cutscene, Shamara gives Larry her own post-coital cigarette after leaving him handcuffed to the bed; he promptly drops it and sets the room on fire. Second, after Larry convinces Vicky to prove her expertise in the sexual prowess competition, the practice dummy can be seen lounging with a cigarette afterward. Third, when Larry milks the beavers, some of them smoke afterward, implying they enjoyed it a little too much.
  • Soft Glass: Subverted. Larry has to crush through a glass window-door to escape from a fire and he gets a lot of bleeding cuts in the way. And it hurts. Not to mention the "paper cuts"...
  • Something Else Also Rises: At the nude pool, Larry wears a codpiece with an elephant's head on it. The first time he sees Drew, the trunk comes to life and makes a trumpeting noise. Then it does so again when she describes what it feels like to be stuck there without any clothes.
  • Spell My Name With An S: This game includes a character named Xqwzts. The writer of the game intended for it to be pronounced "X-squats," but Jan Rabson couldn't get it right. That gave the writer the idea to have every character intentionally mispronounce the name any crazy way they could think of. In fact, throughout the whole game, only one character (not Larry) says it "correctly."
  • Step One: Escape: Larry's task before he takes a cruise and the main game begins is getting out of Shamara's hotel room, which has been set on fire. He first must leave the bed, then break a window and jump out of it.
  • The Stinger: Only viewable if you get 100% Completion (1000 points, all 32 Dildoes and all the Easter Eggs). It involves Larry and Captain Thygh getting abducted by aliens while having sex.
  • Strip Poker: A variant of this is used with Strip Liar's Dice.
  • Tagline: "Will Larry hit bottom? Or dock his little dinghy?"
  • Take Your Time: The game starts with Shamara's room on fire, but despite the fire spreading quickly, the narrator exclaiming if you examine the fire that it'll kill you if you don't get out immediately and Larry shouting "Ow!", there's no time limit to this situation, since the death mechanic has been removed.
  • Theme Naming:
    • The women all have punny names based on Hollywood actresses: Drew Baringmore, Jamie Lee Coitus, Whydoncha Jugg...
    • The male crew members except Xqwzts, the cabin boy, although ultimately played straight as he used to be Richard Head are named after euphemisms for a part of the male anatomy: Peter, Johnson, Wang, Dick, etc.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Larry can lick an ice statue and get his tongue stuck for a moment.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: In a rare variation of this trope, Larry can have one with the Juggs, who are actually an Absurdly Youthful Mother and nearly-identical daughter.
  • Unintentionally Unwinnable: If you flush the toilet immediately after Drew Barringmore gets in the shower, without exiting your room at least once (something that a lot of first - time players are inclined to do), there is no way for you to get the mold needed to make cheese and complete the cooking challenge. This means you can't finish the game and you are indefinitely stuck wandering around the ship, with nothing else to do other than listen to Bill Clinton's terrible jokes. To make matters worse there are no hints, dialogue or any indication that you messed up and you can get pretty far into the game before realising you did something wrong and need to load back to a save state where Drew is still in the pool.
  • The Unpronounceable: Xqwzts. Apparently his name is pronounced "X-squats".
  • [Verb] This!: Uttered frequently by the narrator whenever you try an action in the wrong place.
  • Visible Odor: Played with, as the game comes with Scratch and Sniff cards, allowing the player to actually smell what is happening in the game. However, Larry still emits yellow fumes when he farts.
  • Warp Whistle: This game allows Larry to simply pick a point on the map and skip all the tedious walking between.
  • What the Hell, Player?: Try using the knife on something and the game reprimands you, saying "Stop threatening people! You want to fight? Buy Warcraft!"
  • You Do NOT Want To Know: When Victorian asks Larry why he ended up in Room Zero, mentioning tight budget, he responds by saying "No, you see... aw, you don't want to know!", to which she responds "Correct."


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Alternative Title(s): Leisure Suit Larry 7


Leisure Suit Larry 7

Just before entering Captain Thygh's cabin, Larry gets discouraged by the last week's winner and the narrator, but says that "I made it this far, I ain't quitting now!" and boldly enters.

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