Monty Python show's style as possible. 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.
Everything 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 could certainly be considered to be aptly named. After all, even if you manage to exhaust every single facet of the program, all you have really done is watched a bunch of clips from the TV show, played a few mindless distractions and, not to put to fine a spin on it, wasted your time. Really, though, the best waste of time is an entertaining waste of time and that is exactly what the package offers, from screensavers to show clips. What more can you ask of a game that delivers on exactly what the title advertises?
Graphics: The madcap look and feel of the original TV show is faithfully maintained in every way imaginable. Bright colors, frenzied animations and an overall sense of complete lunacy help round out its appearance.
Sound: Few games offer a broader range of aural assault than this one. Everything from classical sonatas to unbelievably loud screeching is brought faithfully to your computer via a Sound Blaster compatible soundcard.
Enjoyment: Not many PC products are as subjective in their entertainment value as Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time. There are undoubtedly people who would absolutely loathe the entire experience's lack of purpose as well as those who will sit and watch the "It's The Mind" segment in the Exploding TV Room for hours on end. If the latter sounds like your idea of a good time, consider this a definite 4-star enjoyment title.
Replay Value: Depends entirely on the person using the game. Subject matter and presentation is the core of the game -- either you like it or you don't.
An interactive CDROM based on the world of Monty Python. Including a game to discover the secret to Intergalactic Success, the Desktop Pythonizer, and an Interactive Monty Python Show.
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