Al Lowe

When Sierra acquired a license to some Disney characters, Al Lowe helped create programs like Winnie Pooh in the Hundred-Acre Woods, Mickey’s Space Adventure and Donald Duck’s Playground. Being something of a jack-of-all-trades, he filled in various positions on various projects: lead programmer (King’s Quest III and IV, Police Quest I), composer (King’s Quest II, Space Quest II), even interface designer on Sierra’s very own database program HomeWord Filer. He is also one of the fathers of The Sierra Network (1991). By 1984, Lowe got the chance to write, design and program his own graphic adventure game, The Black Cauldron. Target audience: still kids. But that was to change in 1987.

In 1987, Al Lowe gave birth to the most notorious, single-minded game character there is: Larry Laffer. A born loser constantly on the look-out for women, Larry instantly conquered the hearts (and certain other organs) of gamers everywhere. Besides being daringly explicit for its time, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards was also full of humour. These two major innovations: being the first adult graphic adventure and the first comedy game made and a classic and (probably more important for Al) a best-seller.

After that, Al Lowe spent most of his years continuing the saga of Larry Laffer. He created five additional games for a total of six, ending with episode seven. Between episodes, he managed to design the western comedy Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist (1993) and the parents-plus-children fantasy adventure, Torin’s Passage (1995). By 1999, plans were made to send Larry Laffer into his eighth game. Larry’s Casino, a hybrid of Larry’s humour and Hoyle’s games, came out in 1998. But Leisure Suit Larry 8: Lust in Space was not meant to be.

Al Lowe is since enjoying his private life. Completely unlike his creation, the ever-searching Larry Laffer, Lowe is a family man; he’s living in Seattle with his wife Margaret and his two children, Brian and Megan. He is known to be an excellent saxophonist; he regularly plays in several Seattle jazz bands. Lowe is also known to be an enthusiastic golf player in his free time (i.e. most of the day). Lowe also tries to make the world a happier place by managing the mailing list CyberJoke 3000™.