Sam Suede: Undercover Exposure is an another project from Al Lowe, the author of Leisure Suit Larry series. It has been in development in his own studio, iBase Entertainment for PC and, probably, for consoles (XBOX 360 and PS3). The genre was “Action Comedy“.
By this definition, Lowe meant that now the characters would have to be incapacitated not with the help of weapons, but in a much more original way – in other words, to make them laugh to death. Not without branded puzzles and several mini-games. The role of the protagonist was played by Sam Suede, a charming loser who unexpectedly witnessed a crime and decided to independently take up the investigation (he had long dreamed of becoming a detective).
Sam starts off as something of a wannabe, uncertain of himself and short on skills. Suspects will be interviewed, clues pieced together and jokes pitched left and right – five minutes into the demo, he was wearing lipstick and a French maid’s costume and getting hit on by a security guard whose glasses were clearly waaay too dark.
Over the course of the game, Sam will score “encounters” with a variety of beautiful women, each time rising the following morning with a new bounce in his step, and more effective methods in his repertoire. Details on this score are scarce at the moment, but the stated emphasis on character interaction and dialogue over static cutscenes when interviewing suspects gives some idea of the machinations that’ll be at your disposal.
The style of the game was reminiscent of “Larry”, except that the trademark humor became more correct. However, the reason for the game’s cancellation was a lack of funding, due to the high cost of developing games for consoles – “Sam” was to be released on next-gen consoles as well (because, according to the game’s publisher, a PC-only release would not have paid for itself). According to Lowe’s, they had another year of work left to complete Suede Sam. The company’s website reports that as of January 2007, the game has been delayed until additional funding can be found. Unable to locate a publisher to promote and distribute Sam Suede, iBase Entertainment shut down in December 2006. Following this setback, Lowe expressed serious doubts whether he’d ever reenter the gaming industry again.
Some information is taken from «Игромания» magazine, 03 (114) 2007