Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail is a multi-media story book of sorts created by 7th Level in 1996. It is based off of the infamous Monty Python movie of (almost) the same name. If this movie doesn't top a list of Greatest Comedy Movies of All Time, it's because Life of Brian trumped it. Does the game live up to the lofty heights of the movie? Or John Cleese? Let's find out...
It's very easy to beat this game. In fact you can do it one click! The opening screen allows you to "collect the grail" straight away, ushering you to an ending screen, then hastily back to Windows. Easy.
You can also view the entire movie from this screen albeit in 100x speed and in a tiny box. That's value for money! So you've completed the game and watched the movie and want to to tell the developers how much fun you had with it. First you'd need to register - the third and last option presented.
First question. What's your name? Done. Ok, I know my address, I heard about the game when I was about 14 (had a fun demo from a cover disk). Next. Favourite colour? Don't know why that's important but I'll go with blue. What's the Capital of Assyria? Crap! I was never good at geography. I'll guess. What's the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow? They're taking the piss! EXIT.
Oh. The game's started.
The furthest I decided to go in my experiment to see how many questions this mock registration goes up to is 40. I gave up then, but each of them are trademark Python. Anyone would think 7th Level hired the surviving members of the comedy troupe to help with the writing. Oh wait... they did.
Eric Idle was on hand not only as Executive Producer, but co designer and writing consultant. Terry Gilliam is credited with Original Character Design and John Cleese, Terry Jones and Michael Palin joined them to record new dialogue amongst the many clips from the movie.
The game itself isn't really much of one. It is little more than an adult version of the Disney Animated Storybook I reviewed a few weeks ago. It's quite bizarre, then, that this can capture the attention of adults (at least those with a sense of humour) just as easily as Hercules did the tots.
You essentially click on things until a random thing reveals itself to be not so random because it leads you on to another random screen to do the same thing again. Or play Tetris. That's it. What a relief it is that these random things turn out to be the funniest thing you'll ever see in a video game, perfectly capturing the Monty Python never-bettered brand of comedy.
You'll have lots of fun playing through this game. 7th Level did such a great job capturing the spirit of Monty Python that they created two more games based on them (which may escape the Chamber at a later date). Tell us what you think in the comments below!
To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses DOSBox running Microsoft Windows 3.1 to get the game working on modern systems. Tested on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
01.07.2015 Version 2 - Improved installer
02.05.2016 Version 3 - Autoclose Windows 3.1 when exiting the game
Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail is © 7th Level
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is © Python [Monty] Pictures Ltd
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me