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Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time is an interactive CD-ROM with minigames, screen savers, desktop wallpaper and icons mainly based on Monty Python's Flying Circus TV series.

based on the world of Monty Python. Including a game to discover the secret to Intergalactic Success, the Desktop Pythonizer, and an Interactive Monty Python Show.

The game's main menu takes the form of a brain with six sections:
  • The Exploding TV Room has, like most areas of the game, multiple hotspots which trigger animations, audio clips or minigames. The main focus in this area is the TV which shows clips from the TV series.
  • The Portrait Gallery shows three pictures on the wall. Clicking on these triggers a video clip but just leave them alone and the clips will be shown anyway along with other animated effects. In addition to the pictures there are other hotspots on the frames and the wall.
  • Corridor starts with the "Big Head" spouting all kinds of objects after which a click anywhere on the background will trigger a video clip. In the upper left of the screen is an On/Off button which toggles between the video mode and a pinball game set inside medieval archways/
  • The Loonatorium has multiple hotspots and the Spot the Loony minigame which is a Whac-A-Mole variant.
  • Try Your Skill section has three mini games:
    • The Chicken/Bird Game is a mouse/keyboard controlled game. On the left of the screen is a mouth which opens and closes, on the right a man/chicken hybrid is launched across the screen and the object is to land the bird in the mouth.
    • The Gopher Game is another Whac-A-Mole variant.
    • The Pig Game is a keyboard shooter game. A big pink pig flies across the top of the screen above a cowboy. The cowboy shoots the pig, which splits into three, and scores points for also shooting the little pigs. If any of the three little pigs falls to earth and the cowboy walks on them he loses points. In addition the flying pig poops and each plop that hits the ground turns into some kind of rabid attack piglet that attacks the cowboy, whose only defence is to jump on them because if he doesn't they will kill him.
  • The Pythoniser which is a set of windows customisation options
    • The Noisy Bits is a selection of sound files that can be used to tweak Windows bleeps and whistles. It is divided into four sections: Windows Events, Apppropriate Commentary, Telephone Answering Machine Messages and Keyboard Events.
    • O.L.E Animations contains over thirty video clips that feature in the main title. These all play in a small window in the centre of the screen.
    • Wallpapers.
      • Over twenty-five Living Wallpapers, most of which are interactive and are practically minigames, mostly shooters.
      • Around fifty static images.
    • Screensavers: non-interactive versions of the Living Wallpapers.
    • Forty-eight Icons that the user can install and assign to their Windows programs
Among the shown clips are many classic ones, such as the "The Dirty Vicar", "Nudge, Nudge", "The Dead Parrot" and "The Lumberjack Song".


Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time Windows 3.x The Wallparer menu. there are many wallpapers, most of them interactive and the majority have a non-interactive screensaver equivalent
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time Windows 3.x One of the 'hidden' areas of the game, this was triggered in the Exploding TV Room area
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time Windows 3.x The 'Test Your Skill' section has three mini games, 'The Chicken/Bird Game', 'The Pig Game' and 'The Gopher Game'
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time Windows 3.x The Pythoniser Aquarium Wallpaper where fish eat fish and the submarine shoots them

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Alternate Titles

  • "Monty Python's Reine Zeitverschwendung" -- German title

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User Reviews

I like it. Of course, I'm a huge Monty Python fan. Windows 3.x emerging_lurker (178)
Indeed, a complete waste of time. Windows 3.x Tomer Gabel (4643)

Critic Reviews Windows 3.x 1996 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
Entertainment Weekly Windows 3.x Sep 16, 1994 A- 91
Freak Windows 3.x Mar, 1995 88 out of 100 88
PC Fun (French) Windows 3.x Nov, 1994 17 out of 20 85
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows 3.x Mar 14, 1998 4 out of 5 80
macHOME Macintosh 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide Windows 3.x 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows 3.x Jan, 1995 70 out of 100 70


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For the Monty Python purists out there, you might notice that the designers made one, possibly game-stopping, error in the game. During one of the many challenges found throughout the game, there is a trivia section that requires a fill-in-the-blank response. One of the questions regarding the "How Not to be Seen" sketch asks you to complete the following line: "Nobody likes a _______"

Apparently, the game designers were not able to make out John Cleese's words, as the narrator, during the sketch. The answer you must input is "Benedict" but in fact if you listen carefully the -real- answer is "Nobody likes a Clever Dick"

(This can be corroborated from the line of Monty Python books, "All the Words: Volume Two")

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