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Replay Games with Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold New Updates for Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

Independent video game publisher +ReplayGames is continuing to provide #adventure #game fans a classic gaming fix of challenging puzzles and witty dialogue with the launch of Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold on Steam (PC, Mac and Linux for $9.99), as well as some major updates to Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, including Google Play Services that allow for solid Android tablet play. The updated release of LSL: Reloaded is available today exclusively to Android users for the first two weeks before becoming available to PC, Mac, Linux and iOS users.

Updates to Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded include:

  • An original scoring system by Larry creator Al Lowe with a 50,000-point max
  • PC & Android Achievements written by Al Lowe
  • Social media integration
  • New language support, including the addition of Polish and Russian with Portuguese Brazilian to soon follow
  • User selection of language subtitles
  • Android cloud saving

“Since forming Replay Games we’ve endeavored to deliver quality games that remind adventure gaming fans of the experiences and humor they loved growing up,” said Paul Trowe, CEO of Replay Games. “With the launch of Fester Mudd on Steam and updates to Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, we are delighted to give adventure aficionadas opportunities to solve advanced puzzles while earning a bevy of amusing achievements.”

About Fester Mudd:

Set in the Wild West, Fester Mudd: Curse Of The Gold is a three-part comic saga of exploration, reunion, and redemption. Roused from a life of laziness to reunite with his long-lost brother, reluctant hero Fester Mudd runs into an assortment of Old West roughnecks as he travels through a dusty desert in search of unimaginable riches.

About LSL: Reloaded:

Remade, expanded and enhanced in every detail with original creator Al Lowe at the helm and assisted by comedy writer Josh Mandel, Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded sees Larry Laffer’s first and greatest adventure remade on multiple platforms for gamers everywhere. Twenty-six years after Larry introduced himself to the world, he’s received a major overhaul, with all-new hi-res, hand-drawn art and animation, as well as expanded puzzles, locations, humor and gameplay. Rounding off the package is a rewritten musical score from Grammy-nominated and BAFTA-winning composer Austin Wintory!

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is available at ReplayGames.com on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux for $19.99, while the iOS and Android versions will be available on the iTunes store and Google Play for $4.99. Fester Mudd is available on Steam for PC, Mac, Linux, as well as Android and iOS for $2.99.

About Replay Games

Replay Games is a mobile software publisher founded in 2008 by game industry veterans who, collectively, have more than 125 years of game industry experience and have produced, programmed, licensed and designed more than 250 award-winning games representing hundreds of millions of dollars in retail sales.

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Leisure Suit Larry HD release delayed until early 2013

We will be waiting a bit longer for HD

Leisure Suit Larry HD release delayed until early 2013

Recently a remake of the popular adventure game Leisure Suit Larry was up on Kickstarter and ended up being successfully funded for development. You may remember some of the posts where we talked about this remake which will be called Leisure Suit Larry HD.

If the funding was successful the game was slated for release on as many platforms as the developers, Replay Studios, can get it on including Android. Since funding ended and it was very successful, it will be coming to Android among a plethora of other platforms. The only problem is that we will be waiting a bit longer to actually play the game then originally planned.

Replay Games raises more than $600K on Kickstarter for Leisure Suit Larry game

Leisure Suit Larry will live again in the land of the lounge lizards.

After a 30 day campaign, Replay Games has raised a total of $673,602 via Kickstarter crowdfunding, handily beating the company’s goal of $500,000. The pledged funding came from more than 14,079 fans and it will enable the company to fuel the development of its PC and tablet game without giving up any equity ownership. (The numbers are different from the figures on Kickstarter’s site because of additional PayPal donations).

As such, it is another example of a successful funding for a small game company at a time when alternative money is hard to get. (We’ll have a panel on how crowdfunding is changing game financing at our GamesBeat 2012 conference).

“I’m really stoked,” said Paul Trowe, founder of Replay. “Especially after one of the VCs turned us down because they didn’t want to be associated with Leisure Suit Larry. It’s such an honor. When you think you’ve seen every business model, and heard every story about publisher battles and ego fights, I’m floored, thankful, and grateful.”

The Replay crew got the idea for crowdfunding after watching the success of game veterans Tim Schafer and Brian Fargo in using Kickstarter to fund their separate games. The aim is to bring back the Leisure Suit Larry franchise that sold more than 10 million copies in the 1980s and 1990s.

The whole project is part of the retro trend to bring back beloved franchises to older games and win new fans as well. Al Lowe (pictured above) said in the company’s Kickstarter video that the team will update the graphics, the music, the user interface, and the humor.

“We’re bringing it into the 21st century onto PCs and tablets,” Lowe said. “And we want to do it without any pesky publishers telling us to dumb it down or make it tamer so we can get it into Walmart.”

In exchange for a $15 donation, users are getting a copy of the game. But if they donated more, they will get more personalized collectibles such as a link to a digital version of the original soundtrack, an art book, or even a role in the game’s development. For a pledge of $100, the donors will get a packaged mailing of the game and related assets, plus a Leisure Suit Larry brand condom (in its wrapper).

Trowe is now in the process of sending out more than 13,000 T-shirts to donors, and thousands of condoms as well. The high-end donors are getting a bunch of funny perks. One person donated $10,000 in exchange for a lunch with Lowe. Four people pledged $1,250 to get their faces into the game in a scene where they’re called “perverts.” One donor pledged $2,500 for the “doggie style” edition which includes the right to have the image of the donor’s pet dog put into the game. Two donors pledged $2,500 to have their likenesses put in the game as drunks.

Lowe created the original adventure game, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, in 1987. He said the original Leisure Suit Larry was one of the most pirated games in history at the time and he knew that because he sold a lot more hint books than actual games at the time.

“If we were smart, we would have just printed the hint books and stopped making the games altogether,” he said.

Five more Larry games and other auxiliary titles followed. The last Leisure Suit Larry game that Lowe worked on was Love for Sale, released in 1996. But Lowe said he still gets fan mail about the original series.

The Larry franchise was most recently owned by Vivendi Universal, which acquired Sierra (via acquisitions of parent firms) years ago and then sold it to Codemasters, which published a title called Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, in 2009. That game was done without consultation with Lowe and didn’t sell well. Critics hated it, with GameTrailers.com giving it a 2.3 out of 10 rating.

The new game got its life after Trowe bootstrapped his Austin, Texas-based company in 2008 to focus on the digital distribution of games. Trowe was the first teenage beta tester at Sierra On-Line, the now-defunct publisher of the original series.

In 2010, he picked up the rights to Leisure Suit Larry, essentially grabbing it back from the “clutches of corporate America,” he said. Then he got Lowe to agree to recreate a new game, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded. The actual developer will be Adventure Mob, a Tel Aviv-based game studio that will use the Unity Technologies game engine for cross-platform game creation.

Trowe said that he got very little sleep in the last month because he had to respond to fan comments around the clock. One volunteered to set up a forum for the fans and now that volunteer will become a full-time employee.

“I learned so much about community management,” Trowe said. “If we didn’t listen to our fans, we wouldn’t be in this position” of having so many donors.

The game was targeted for October, but Trowe thinks that the added tasks will now push the game toward January, 2013 launch.

“At the demand of fans, we have to add a new girlfriend, two extra rooms and all new dialogue,” Trowe said. “It’s going to be a lot more than a remake.”

The new title will run on the Unity 3D engine and will have beefed up graphics. The game will be published in six languages. Trowe said that the successful campaign told him that the audience for the title should be very good.

by Dean Takahashi

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Leisure Suit Larry reaches its goal on Kickstarter

by: Stephanie Carmichael

Leisure Suit Larry has met its $500,000 goal on Kickstarter with six days to go.

Replay Games will remake Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards with a modern interface, high-resolution graphics, fully voiced characters, and more. If the developers can bring in extra money, they’ll consider adding more languages and platforms (PSN, XBLA, and Linux have been named).

The remastered game will release for PC (including Steam), Mac, iPad, and Android tablets.


Click the image to be taken to the Kickstarter page.

Update #14: YOU DID IT!!!

OK, so let me start off this update by apologizing to you guys. I know I promised an update with Part 2 from the Fireside Chat but truth be told, we’ve been having issues with YouTube all day. So I’ve been waiting for that to finish processing before I sent you guys the update. Well, screw that.

So, back to the topic of you guys being awesome…..YOU DID IT!! Each and every one of you made this game a reality. You’ve fulfilled many people’s dreams today!! Al’s, Josh’s, mine, Sabine’s, Britton’s, and how can we forget Oded & Oran!! While I’d like to say we’re stopping here, I just can’t. We want to hit our next milestone of $750k so we can add what you guys have voted (forums.replaygamesinc.com) for: more game play!! So let’s keep this Kickstarter going so we can do just that: give Oded & Oran some more work to do and make them have even more sleepless nights when it comes to crunch mode!!! Josh has already come up with an AWESOME mini-game (thanks to my friend Peter for inspiration) that includes women and anger, and his creative juices have just STARTED to flow!!

It’s about 1am here in Austin and I’m still replying to emails from you guys, the best fans in the whole damn world. So, while you up your pledges to $5k each, know that every dollar is being spent wisely on your next AAA game from the best team in the business IMNSHO (in my not so humble opinion)!!!

Stephen from Kotaku is writing his piece write now and that should be up soon, we had an AMAZING article from Daniel @ Forbes run today (part 2 is tomorrow…or today in case you’re an hour ahead of me) and even more love from every single press outlet on the planet. And it’s all because of you. You made this happen and we are merely your servants. So we owe you and we promise to do our very damned best not to let you down.

Sincerely yours,

-Paul T.

Developer starts kickstarter campaign to fund Leisure Suit Larry game (exclusive)

Replay Games has started a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise $500,000 for the development of the company’s Leisure Suit Larry game.

“We want to bring back Leisure Suit Larry, and we want you to be a part of it,” said Al Lowe, in a video accompanying the campaign.

The Replay crew got the idea for crowdfunding after watching the success of game veterans Tim Schafer and Brian Fargo in using Kickstarter to fund their separate games. The aim is to bring back the Leisure Suit Larry franchise that sold more than 10 million copies in the 1980s and 1990s.

The whole project is part of the retro trend to bring back beloved franchises to older games and win new fans as well. Lowe said the team will update the graphics, the music, the user interface, and the humor.

“We’re bringing it into the 21st century onto PCs and tablets,” Lowe said. “And we want to do it without any pesky publishers telling us to dumb it down or make it tamer so we can get it into Walmart.”

In exchange for a $15 donation, you get a copy of the game. But if you donate more, you can get more personalized collectibles such as a link a digital version of the original soundtrack, an art book, or even a role in the game’s development. For a pledge of $100, you can get a packaged mailing of the game and related assets, plus a Leisure Suit Larry brand condom (in its wrapper). If you donate in the thousands, you can get a Pervert edition, a Doggie style edition, a Drunk’s edition and more. The more you pledge, Lowe said, the more outrageous the prizes become. This way, Replay doesn’t have to give up a lot of equity to VCs.

Lowe created the original adventure game, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, in 1987. Lowe said that the original Leisure Suit Larry was one of the most pirated games in history at the time and he knew that because he sold a lot more hint books than actual games at the time.

“If we were smart, we would have just printed the hint books and stopped making the games altogether,” he said.

Five more Larry games and other auxiliary titles followed. The last Leisure Suit Larry game that Lowe worked on was Love for Sale, released in 1996. But Lowe said he still gets fan mail about the original series.

The Larry franchise was recently owned by Vivendi Universal, which acquired Sierra (via acquisitions of parent firms) years ago and then sold it to Codemasters, which published a title called Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, in 2009. That game was done without consultation with Lowe and didn’t sell well. Critics hated it, with GameTrailers.com giving it a 2.3 out of 10 rating.

The new game got its life after Paul Trowe, founder of Replay Games, bootstrapped his Austin, Texas-based company in 2008 to focus on the digital distribution of games. Trowe was the first teenage beta tester at Sierra On-Line, the now-defunct publisher of the original series.

In 2010, he picked up the rights to Leisure Suit Larry, essentially grabbing it back from the “clutches of corporate America,” he said. Then he got Lowe to agree to recreate a new game, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded. The actual developer will be Adventure Mob, a Tel Aviv-based game studio that will use the Unity Technologies game engine for cross-platform game creation. All told, a team of seven is working on the game, which could debut in October.

Since announcing the game in October, Trowe said that he has been getting fan mail every day, mostly from nostalgic males who played the original game. The new title will run on the Unity 3D engine and will have beefed up graphics. At the time, Trowe was raising a $5 million round of funding from venture capitalists. But with the Kickstarter route, the company won’t have to give up equity, Trowe said.

The $500,000 target will let the company remake the PC game with 2D hand-painted graphics and animations. If it exceeds that goal, it can do versions for the Mac, Linux, iOS tablets, Android tablet, iPhone / iTouch, Android phones, XBLA, PSN, and cloud, plus foreign languages.

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