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  • Results from Game Design Challenge: Time For Change

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  • Jennifer Sandercock, Melbourne, Australia, Leisure Suit Larissa

    Leisure Suit Larissa is an adaptation of the classic adventure game, Leisure Suit Larry. Help Larissa Laffer find a husband who meets her childhood checklist, before her biological clock stops ticking.

    Larissa Laffer is a hard-working business consultant living in the big city of Now Work. She has spent all her life dedicated to her job, but on her 35th birthday she decides she needs to find a husband so she can have babies before it's too late. Ignoring the attentions of her neighbour, the boring Hewill Do, Larissa sets out to find a husband and rediscovers her childhood checklist for her ideal man.

    According to the list, Larissa's ideal man only likes blue M&Ms, can roll his tongue, can breathe blindfolded, never walks on the lines on the street, can recite the alphabet backwards, and likes Martian Mud Monkeys. The player must help Larissa look for a man:

    • at her work, Never Stop Working Pty. Ltd.
    • at her gym, Just For Show
    • using the online dating service,
    • at the wedding of her friend, soon to be Mrs Happicouplé
    • by convincing another friend to set her up on a blind date

    Every man Larissa meets fails her checklist somehow, so she dismisses all of them in turn. Eventually, she ends up at the Pretentious Posers bar and meets Mr Wright Foryou. Wright meets every item on her checklist; unfortunately he dumps Larissa in a crushing scene. As Larissa picks herself up off the ground, she attempts to woo the other men she questioned, but all of them have got married or come out. Larissa has no options left except settling for the boring neighbour, Hewill Do. Except, while Larissa was off pursuing other men, Hewill got sick of waiting and gave up on Larissa. So now, Larissa must learn as much as possible about Hewill to impress him and fool him into proposing to her.

    Players control Larissa by using a standard adventure game point-and-click interface. The game has two main stages:

    • When Larissa is finding men she must do favours for others (not the men themselves) so that she can meet new men. For example, to go to the wedding, Larissa must find an outfit to wear that the bride approves of, but is still sexy enough to attract a man.
    • When wooing Hewill Do, Larissa must successfully pass three dates. Larissa must find out what Hewill's likes and dislikes, so that when he asks her questions she is able to pretend she likes the same things as he does. She can find the information by searching his apartment, questioning his friends and family, looking through his garbage and following him.

    Larissa never sleeps with any of the men in the game; she tries to get to know them, and in the case of Hewill Do, Larissa is just trying to marry him. The game does not objectify men and is more about talking to people than seeing them naked.


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