by Hans ten Cate
Tuesday, 16 January 1996

This Special Issue on Monty Python and multimedia is brought to you by the makers of "Scum" - the world's first combination salad dressing and foot ointment. Of course there is more Python than you could shake a grail at on the Internet - particularly on the World Wide Web of which this newsletter is but a small example. But what we are interested in here, however, is the rather recent explosion of multi-media software in which some of the former Pythons have had critical roles.

There have been examples of Monty Python forays into the computer world already. For example, in 1991, Virgin Mastertronic, now Virgin Interactive, released an action/arcade game "Monty Python's Flying Circus" which was available for the PC, Amiga, Commodore, and Atari. In the past two years, Monty Python has exploded onto the scene with a number of multimedia titles, including the award-winning CD-ROM game from 7th Level, "Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time."

Even the home entertainment systems are getting in on the act. Both the Sony Playstation and the Sega Saturn have games involving several of the Pythons ("Discworld" and "Blazing Dragons"). And what of Nintendo? Well, they may not have any Python titles to offer but we did notice that a recent television commercial for "Yoshi's Island Super Mario World 2" was a blatant knock-off from the Mr. Creosote scene from "Meaning of Life." The commercial features a young kid stuffing his face while the announcer explains all of the features packed into this new Super Mario game. In the end, the kid explodes with the same sickening effect of Mr. Creosote after his wafer-thin mint.

In this issue we'll talk about the recent Macintosh release of "Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time." We'll also be looking at a number of Python related multimedia titles currently under production, such as 7th Level's "Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail" and Enteractive's collaboration with Terry Gilliam on a CD-ROM version of his book, "Animations of Mortality." Also reviewed are a number of titles available for your home entertainment center (mainly the Sony Playstation and the Sega Saturn), as well as several interactive titles available for the Philips patented CD-i system.

This Special Issue has been divided into three parts to facilitate downloading (it is somewhat graphics-intensive). Note that in the tradition of all things Python, we continue to muck about with the order of the issues (there is No.... Issue 6!!!)

For a quick summary of each of the titles reviewed in this special issue of the "Daily Llama" click here...