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Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail

7th Level 1996
Genre: Puzzle, Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

932 A.D.... a group of knights in 14th century gear is stumbling around the country. Instead of horses, which they can't afford, their servants use coconut shells to simulate the appropriate medieval travelling sounds. It's King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table - on a mission from God to search for the Holy Grail. Which is a bit silly, because God should really know where it is, right? But does he tell his faithful servants? No, he sends them on a wild goose chase instead. What a meany!

Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time

7th Level 1994
Genre: Puzzle, Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Expect the unexpected. Monty Python got famous for crushing those long-standing conventions of comedy. A sketch is going nowhere? Ok, just stop it in the middle without the obligatory punch line. You'd never know what'd happen next (which makes it all the more ironic that these days, people (including yours truly) have learned to quote whole passages from the TV show and the movies word-by-word - which kind of misses the point). It's only appropriate that this, the third computer game bearing the name of Python and the first of a series of three, escapes any regular definitions which are usually attributed to 'games'.

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Core Design / Virgin Games 1990
Genre: Action
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

My brain hurts! A Gumby stars in this genre combo from British publisher Virgin Games. Following the stream of consciousness logic of Terry Gilliam's cartoon bits found in the series, the Gumby's head is planted on a fish body for some levels and re-attached to his human body later again (only to be put on a bird later), so that the player is treated both with Jump'n'Run and (underwater and aerial) Shooter parts.

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

7th Level 1997
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

It's funny that Life of Brian, by far the most popular and successful Monty Python film, never got turned into a game. Complete Waste of Time may have been the software equivalent of Flying Circus and The Holy Grail was obviously the film of the same name, which was immediately followed by The Meaning of Life. Another 'game' oddity in a similar fashion as its predecessors.


Infocom 1986
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

The player takes over the role of an American detective who has attained some fame by solving tough cases. One day, he receives a letter from his old friend Tamara Lynd who's going to marry an English Lord soon. Back in her fiancée's castle, a ghost has started to appear again, targetting Tamara in specific. Is it actually the legendary 'White Lady' or the ghost of the recently deceased Deirdre? Or does everything have completely worldly causes? To solve all these questions, you've been invited to join your old friend over in the 'old world'.

Morkin II

Anthony Hamilton 1992
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Shades of Archon (but without the arcade style duels)… up to five wizards battle it out on an empty field. Empty for now, because after a couple of turns, their summoned armies will start to occupy significant amounts of space, sharpening their weapons and howling their battle cries before buckets of blood will paint the earth red.


U.S. Gold 1990
Genre: Puzzle, Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Detective Adventures may not be the most common genre, but they do exist (especially here on this site). All of them are somehow linear in their story and limited in their puzzles. All but one: Murder.

Murder Makes Strange Deadfellows

Tiger Media 1992
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC, Amiga (CDTV)

Ever since his wife passed away five years ago, Randolph Steere's life has been solely dedicated to his research of afterlife. Nothing was too expensive or too ridiculous to get into contact with his Irene. Electricity was banned from his villa, because Randolph assumed it would disturb the psychic energy. He even hired a medium to support his efforts! Until the day he fell down the stairs and died...

Murder on the Mississippi: The Adventures of Sir Charles Foxworth

Activision 1986
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

Famous detective Sir Charles Foxworth is taking a holiday on the Mississippi with his servant Regis. He's just taking a stroll around the upper deck of the ship when he discovers an open cabin door. Behind it: a dead man. As it turns out, the body of Raleigh Cartwright III. Sir Charles has three days to find the murderer, because then, the ship will reach New Orleans, giving the culprit a safe chance to escape.

Murder on the Zinderneuf

Free Fall Associates / Electronic Arts 1983
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Atari 400/800

A murder mystery works very well in confined space, because it tickles the audience in a very special way – it appears 'solvable' as all the information seems to be at hand. Agatha Christie knew it when she wrote the quintessential Murder on the Orient Express and similar setups have appeared many times in the genre since then. One issue with the classic train setup is the 'confined space' aspect: A train can usually stop at any time, at the next station or outsiders can enter it. That is why Orient Express has it stuck in a snow storm in the middle of nowhere. No special events are necessary for aircrafts flying over one of the oceans in order for them to be inaccessible, making them probably even better suited for this setup. The Zinderneuf is a Zeppelin – extremely convenient due to its long travel time over the Atlantic! The airship is almost halfway on the way from London to New York when a murder occurs. The player, a detective, has got 15 suspects and 12 hours remaining until arrival.

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