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Video Game / Les Manley

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Cover for Search for the King.

An Adventure Game series created by Steve Cartwright and published by Accolade. The series consists of two games; Les Manley in: Search for the King and Les Manley in: Lost in L.A.. They star Lester P. Manley, a pathetic nerd similar to (and clearly inspired by) Leisure Suit Larry.

In the first game Les is a nerdy menial laborer for a floundering TV station who decide to attract some attention by staging a contest for people to find Elvis Presley...sorry, "THE KING". Les sets out during his lunch break to try to win the contest to impress his boss's secretary, the beautiful Stella Hart.

In the sequel Les is called into action when his friend from the first game, Helmut Bean and Helmut's model girlfriend, are kidnapped.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Distracted by the Sexy: Ask for a raise, and Ms. Hart will bring in your personnel file. The boss is distracted as she walks away, and that window is used to grab the keys.
  • Guide Dang It!: Somewhat notorious among point and click fans for the inanity of the puzzle design. The first game even makes mention of the hint book multiple times, hinting that you should buy one.
  • Moon Logic Puzzle: Search for the King practically requires you to be psychic and read the designer's mind.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: It's not "Elvis" it's "THE KING".
  • Punny Name: Les → Less, Manley → Manly.
  • Retcon: The sequel basically forgets the ending of the first game, and that Les should be a rich broadcasting executive. Instead for some reason he's back to being the no-name loser her was at the beginning of the first game.
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  • Text Parser: The first game makes use of one, requiring commands to be typed in. Even examining things needs to be done by keyboard, when a later game Quest for Glory added either a shift-click or right-click to allow examining any object.
  • You Can't Get Ye Flask: The first example is the thermos, where it says that filling the thermos with water would just be difficult. Instead, the player needs to open the thermos before filling it.