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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life is loosely based on the Monty Python movie of the same name. The player must go through the seven stages of life (The Miracle of Birth, Growth and Learning, Fighting Each Other, Middle Age, Live Organ Transplants, The Autumn Years and Death), looking for hints and clues based on each particular phase of life in an attempt to understand life in general. Once they reach the grand finale, they will be able to live out their life in a cottage, and prove that they can take on the obstacles of life. Having completed these tasks, the player will be given the answer to the ultimate question: the question of life!

There are several scenes from the movie shown in-game as well as several sketches from the Monty Python’s Flying Circus television series, like The Spanish Inquisition.


Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Windows Scenes from the movie become environments in the game
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Windows Start off with the miracle of birth
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Windows Seek wealth in the material world
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Windows Python trivia time with "You Don't Know John"

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It would be a great game if it didn't have so many bugs... Psychedelic Mike (70) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game.EXE Jan, 1998 99 out of 100 99
Entertainment Weekly Apr 03, 1998 A- 91
Gamezilla Feb 17, 1999 82 out of 100 82
Reset Apr, 1998 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Feb 02, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Denmark) 1998 6 out of 10 60
Adventure Classic Gaming Apr 27, 1998 3 out of 5 60
Just Adventure Nov 12, 2002 C- 42
Gameplay (Benelux) Mar 02, 1998 40 out of 100 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Meaning of Life contains not one but two programming bugs that can make it impossible to complete the game without cheating or using a walkthrough that warns you in advance. Both are in the very last section of the game. The first involves climbing up a ladder to a blank screen and subsequent game crash. The game requires a disc swap at this point but there is no prompt to do so. The second is in the tradition of many classic adventure games: if the player enters "the beach" without two specific items or saves while at the beach then restores later, there will be no way to obtain an item required to win the game.

To date, Meaning of Life has not been patched to address these bugs.

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Gene Davison (805) added Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (Windows) on Sep 01, 2000