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Mobile reviews: 'Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded', more

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Released on Tuesday, Jul 30 2013

Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile gaming releases with reviews and trailers. This week's games include a smarmy lounge lizard, a Persian prince and high-speed jet-ski races.

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded
Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
Platforms: iPad, iPhone, Android (delayed)
Price: £2.99 / $4.99

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is a remake of the classic Sierra sleaze adventure game Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards.

The game sees Larry return to the city of Lost Wages as he searches for love in all the wrong places.

'Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded' screenshots

© Replay Games

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded



Just like its classic adventure game roots, puzzles revolve around searching endlessly for obscure items and using trial and error to discover what can actually be used where.

It feels dated, to put it nicely, from the puzzles down to the cumbersome menu that involves four taps to walk across the screen and pick up an item when one ought to do it.

Pun-heavy dirty jokes are the real reason most people will want to play Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, and for boys just coming into puberty there might even be a chuckle or two.

But for most players the jokes, just like everything else in the game, have not aged well. They are either too tame compared to most television shows to still be considered shocking (oh look, a hooker), or too juvenile for any adult to do anything but shake their head (Buying a condom? You must be a pervert).

Fans of the original will enjoy seeing Lost Wages with high definition backdrops - and may understand more of the jokes if they played it when they were young - but the wit is not nearly as sharp as you remember it.

New players, on the other hand, will simply stare at the screen incredulously, wondering why the remake's Kickstarter was embraced so enthusiastically.


> Download 'Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded' from the App Store




Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame
Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
Platforms: iPad, iPhone, Android
Price: £1.99 / $2.99

Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame is a remake of the classic 1993 title complete with a very impressive graphical overhaul and surprisingly effective touch controls.

Just like the original, the Prince moves much more deliberately than in his more modern outings. This means lots of shimmying up and down ledges and creeping to the edge of a platform just to make sure you jump at the last possible pixel.

Prince of Persia: The Shadow of the Flame screenshot

© Ubisoft

Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame screenshot



Combat is much easier in the remake, with a block button that automatically counter-attacks. It's also much easier to avoid combat entirely, since sneaking behind enemies triggers an instant stealth take-down.

It's still not an easy game overall. The levels are filled with flying blades and spikes that pop out of every angle, but the retooled combat makes for a notably more accessible experience.

New players won't quite get to experience the classic sequel as it was intended, but they will get to do something the average player in 1993 couldn't do: finish the game.


> Download 'Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame' from the App Store
> Download 'Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame' from the Google Play Store



Riptide GP2
Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
Platforms: iPad, iPhone, Android
Price: £1.99 / $2.99

Vector Unit has finally released the sequel to its fantastic mobile jet-ski racing game with Riptide GP2.

Once again the water is the real star of the game, with rippling waves and sloshing currents adding their own dynamic, unpredictable physics to the already intense races.

'Riptide GP2' screenshot

© Vector Unit

'Riptide GP2' screenshot



Speeding around the tracks in the campaign's eight cups is an absolute joy thanks to the realistic water simulation and creative course designs.

Before long though it becomes clear that the key to winning races lies in buying the best engines and jet-ski parts rather than mastering the tracks, and you have to make the choice between grinding for in-game currency or using actual cash to speed up the process.

The grind for cash is a little more tolerable in Riptide GP2 since the core racing mechanics are already so well done, but even well-done monotony can feel tedious.

Pacing issues aside, Riptide GP2 is the mobile spiritual successor to Wave Race and Hydro Thunder fans have been hoping for.


> Download 'Riptide GP2' from the App Store
> Download 'Riptide GP2' from the Google Play Store



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