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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1997)

Posted at 17:58 on July 7th, 2016 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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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.


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Posted at 15:41 on December 20th, 2017 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Since I am currently rewatching the series I am a bit curious about the game, but I cannot seem to get it started. What setup did you use? Wine starts the game and plays a bit of music, but shows absolutely nothing, Windows does not even want to start the installer (just complains about needing "at least" Windows NT4.0) and I don't want to setup a virtual machine until there is no other option.

Edit: Got it working by emulating a virtual desktop with 640x480 ratio in wine. Wow… what a strange game. Especially those cardboard cutout characters. :D
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Edited by Herr M. at 16:20 on December 20th, 2017
Posted at 18:59 on December 20th, 2017 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I think I last played it in a Windows 98 virtual machine.

Let us know how far you get - but save often, it becomes gradually more unstable.
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Posted at 23:26 on December 20th, 2017 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Well, I eventually switched to a virtual machine too, because I just want to play my games in full screen mode.

Some further impressions:
-) The choppy character movement was kind of irritating at first, but come to think of it, it really suits the show. Just think of all those Terry Gilliam sections!
-) It might get a bit tedious after a while, but at least at the beginning it is fun clicking at random things and discovering pure weirdness (Oh fishy fishy…).
-) I love that moral dilemma questions! Just textbook examples for how stupid those normally are.
-) That Live Organ Transplant section… wow, don't know what to say. Seems really dark to me, cannot imagine that this would pass any kind of censorship today. :D But it reminded me of a game that left quite an impression: "Life and Death". Now that is one I have to dig up sometime and review.
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Posted at 14:21 on December 21st, 2017 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Herr M. at 23:26 on December 20th, 2017:
-) I love that moral dilemma questions! Just textbook examples for how stupid those normally are.

My issue with these is that they finally discourage free exploration of the game world. The more you move around, the more you are obstructed by those ultimately pointless questions. So actually they punish you for playing without a walkthrough.
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Posted at 19:26 on December 21st, 2017 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Mr Creosote at 14:21 on December 21st, 2017:
Originally posted by Herr M. at 23:26 on December 20th, 2017:
-) I love that moral dilemma questions! Just textbook examples for how stupid those normally are.

My issue with these is that they finally discourage free exploration of the game world. The more you move around, the more you are obstructed by those ultimately pointless questions. So actually they punish you for playing without a walkthrough.

Yes, but in a way they were quite ahead of their time: Just take any random game from today with at least a bit of storytelling and chances are high that you will get such "dilemmas" with similarly pointless results. ;)
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Posted at 14:55 on December 22nd, 2017 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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That at least fits into the picture of the game being fun is basically only true on a meta level.
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