- Nov 14, 2007
Release Date: May 9, 2009
Price: $9.99 (Used)
Leisure Suit Larry games always had fun sexual humor and nudity. In 2004 I played one of the funniest LSL games which was entitled, "Magna C.um Laude". Can "Box Office Bust" pull off the similar success as its predisessor? Lets continue on and you can judge for yourself....
Graphics = 7/10
The game is running on the Unreal Engine but do not expect to see similarities that you would find in games like UT3 and Gears of War. In fact you would never know this was the Unreal Engine if I had not just told you.
The graphics keep the comic feel that LSL games have had since the early PC days. Big busty women and......more big busty women. This game does suffer from frequent graphical pop-ups. But all in all the graphics fit this style of game perfectly.
Sound = 5/10
The game does not sport fancy music or great sound effects. In fact, the music and sound effects are pretty lame. What the game does offer is very funny dialogue and some pretty good voice acting from actors/actresses such as: "Jay Mohr (Last Comic Standing), Dave Attell (Insomniac), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), Artie Lange (Mad TV), Patrick Warburton (Family Guy), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Nikki Cox (Las Vegas), Peter Graves (Mission Impossible), Jane Lynch (The 40 Year Old Virgin) and Josh Keaton (The Spectacular Spider-Man) as the voice of Larry Lovage."
Gameplay = 6/10
Lets start with the controls. The controls are not very fluid and you will find yourself getting frustrated trying to complete precise jumps with such a crappy camera. While driving your vehicle the smallest touch of another object will stop you dead in your tracks. Throughout the game are hidden gold trophies which you can collect to earn 2 unlockable trophies on your gamer card. Some of these seem impossible to get and some of them pretty much are... There are lots of quests scattered in the game. You are open to a somewhat large movie studio and you must talk to people to open up new objectives. You can finish the game without finishing all of them. There are also mini games that you find while doing these objectives and some of them are actually pretty fun.
Some objectives have you doing some pretty crazy stuff and often you die because of a cheap death caused by a crappy camera angle or the character just did not do what he was supposed to do. Whats even more annoying is that sometimes you must do the entire objective over from the start. This can get very frustrating. :bang:
Overall = 6/10
I tried not to compare this game to "Magna C.um Laude" but how could I not? MCL had lots of nudity, better camera and controls. "Box Office Bust" has no nudity at all but still has all the sexual humor. I think I would have been much happier with a port of "Magna C.um Laude" from the PC. With the crappy camera and controls and the missing nudity I will have to give this game "Lethal's Trophy Wh0re" stamp of approval. Because only real trophy wh0res will play through this entire game.
Good voice acting
Very funny dialogue
Lots of trophies
Crappy controls and camera
Not enough checkpoints while doing objectives