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Dream Software Ltd
Chris Newcombe
1984
Adventure: Text
£5.95
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Chris Bourne

This claims to be the world's 'funnyised' graphics adventure. It is 'inspired' by the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and its cover includes a salacious white rabbit sanguinely licking its bloody chops. For those who have seen the movie, the reference will not only be obvious, but bring chills of fear you may have thought you had been able to forget!

Packed in a sturdy cardboard box, the cassette comes complete with a small, amusing booklet which places you firmly in the correct period, that is 932 AD (after dinner), not 932 BC i (before computers). You are Sir Tappin the Basic, a knight of Arthur 's round table, and as one of his elite band you are about to embark on the Quest for the Holy Grail. Things aren't going to be too easy, however.

One problem is that the peasantry of Mercia are not exactly convinced Arthur is their true and rightful king as they don't readily believe in the 'farcical aquatic ceremony' as they have come to call it, when Arthur attempted to discard Excalibur. Then there's a peasant called Eugene (imagine this a software industry in joke coming) who doesn't like Arthur at all, and therefore not his knights. Bumping into Eugene at the wrong time can result in death for having trampled on an Inagime advert. You can contemplate your folly as he batters you to death with a worn-looking Vic 20. Finding the Grail is a problem, getting back to Camelot is another, and getting in is yet another.

Watch out what next...

CRITICISM

'It is claimed to be the first funnyised graphics adventure. I'm not sure about first, but it certainly is funny, and it does have graphics that are very rod. True to the Monty Python style of historical accuracy, there are lots of details which help to recreate the period flavour like street lighting, motorways and nuclear disarmament. Dying in the first few minutes may take the form of being battered by a computer, walking into a cesspit (authentic) or being snotted on by a guard (nasty).

'The adventure itself is quite simple in concept but does require the correct sequence of events to happen before it can be fully explored. It is also livened up by the humour and the graphics, some of the best I've seen recently. Not quite up to Hobbit class, but very good.'

'Keep clear of the rabbit! Those teeth are sharp. The Quest for the Holy Grail is novel because of the humour and historical anarchy, although I thought more humour could have been wrung from the location descriptions than has been. Response time is medium fast, and it's useful to turn off the graphics. This doesn't actually speed up the response, but with the graphics on location descriptions appear first and a key press brings up more details, when they're off, the whole lot scrolls up at one time. My overall reaction is that, as an adventure it's above average, but in truth the insert booklet is funnier than the program.'

COMMENTS
Response: medium fast
Graphics: generally reasonable, some quite detailed
General Rating: Unusual, amusing and good value for money.

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Never mind stinking forest, watch out for guards with their filthy foreign ways...