by Hans ten Cate
Tuesday, 16 January 1996

THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE YEAR - surpassing all major historical events of 1995...

This past November 14th, 7th Level, Incorporated announced that it had begun production on its new action-adventure CD-ROM game: "Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail" (working title). Building on the very successful and award-winning CD-ROM title, "Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time," 7th Level intends to create an irreverant CD-ROM game in which players control King Arthur and his band of Kaniggets in their never-ending (ooh, what a give-away) Quest for the Holy Grail.

The game is being co-produced by former-Python Eric Idle and will ship sometime in Summer of 1996.

In the game, King Arthur and his band must traverse the Ancient English landscape, burn witches, argue with disgruntled peasants, and chat with the Lord God himself, as they continue on their quest. Players can now relive all of their favorite moments from the classic 1974 film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

It is said that the game will use actual footage from the film as well as some never-before-heard outtakes. And, get this: new "Holy Grail" footage is also being filmed to add additional scenes and surprises to the game. The game will also feature Terry Gilliam's animation from the original film as well as new illustrations and animation.

The player must solve puzzles and handle tricky, not to mention, bizarre situations to continue through the game. Using its unique style for action-adventure games, 7th Level is blending traditional arcade-style games with an action adventure. Players must criss-cross the English countryside in search of the Holy Grail and, in so doing, will encounter such games as Spank the Virgin and Black Knight Pac Man. They will also rediscover some of their favorite Python characters, including the Bridgekeeper of Death, Patsy the Servant, Tim the Enchanter, the Three Headed Knight, The Virginal Sisters of Anthrax, and others, of course.

7th Level has released this early screen shot of the game (image, right). Quite impressive, don't you think?

"Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail combines a feature film quality with the unexpected twists which only Python can deliver," remarked George Grayson, 7th Level CEO and president in the November press release. "The interactive game allows players to control the characters and create action and silliness that takes up where the movie leaves off." "Python lovers will bow to the masters of comedy after experiencing Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail," declared a reputable and perfectly unbiased party. "This game will complement the growing Monty Python CD-ROM collection. Well, after this game is released, there will be a collection."

We can't wait....