Monty Python’s Complete Waste of Time

A steady stream of irrelevance. As promised.

7th Level went to great lengths to create a product as closely resembling the Monty Python show’s style as possible with Monty Python’s Complete Waste of Time. Running in Windows, the game takes advantage of extended multimedia capabilities of the operating system, inundating the player from the opening credits with audio and video clips from the show itself. After an unavoidable (but thankfully brief) plug for the software creators, things start right up without the slightest hint of a menu or any clue as to what is happening. From the start, this shows more creativity than most other entertainment packages available for any home system, as the interactive opening segment segues into the game menu as quickly or as slowly as the player dictates.

15_1Everything in Monty Python’s Complete Waste of Time is displayed in high-color VGA graphics with displays ranging from a split-open cartoon human head, which forms the main menu choices, to countless digitized characters and icons from the show. All of it blends together in a strange kind of seamless chaotic manner, as it is nearly impossible for something to seem out of place in this hodgepodge. Every graphic is clear and distinct, which is quite necessary, as clicking on most anything onscreen sets off a chain reaction of random activity.

Possibly the most important and prolific part of the game is the myriad of music and vocal clips that cue up everywhere and at any given moment. Everything is presented via Sound Blaster compatibility and generally sounds crystal clear with some clips from the show sounding better than they might if you actually caught a rerun on late night TV. This is really the soul of the game and makes up for any lack of reruns the Monty Python fan might be experiencing.

Hidden among the hours of show footage, new material and other miscellaneous distractions on the CD are some applications that actually resemble games. They make up only a tiny part of the overall entertainment value of the package, however, and are therefore easy to overlook. While somewhat entertaining, the mini-games are certainly not the reason to buy the game. The most complex of the three involves a cowboy running around a single screen, shooting piggy banks in the sky — not overly dripping in serious gameplay.

In summary, Monty Python’s Complete Waste of Time is definitely aptly named and delivers what is promised. A few clips of the show here, a few mindless games there, and you can certainly announce proudly that, yes, you have indeed wasted your time.

System Requirements: Pentium 90 MHz, 16 MB RAM, Win95

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