Video Game: Monty Python's Flying Circus
A silly Platform Game
based on Monty Python's Flying Circus
(Terry Gilliam's linking animations in particular), developed by Core Design
for the Atari ST
, IBM Personal Computer
, Commodore 64
, ZX Spectrum
and Amstrad CPC
and released in 1990 by Virgin Games.
During routine Meatgrinder Surgery
, a few pieces of Mr DP Gumby's brain escape and are subsequently abducted. To get each piece of his brain back, Mr Gumby may need to obtain spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, sausage, spam, beans, sausage, spam, sausage, egg, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, beans, egg, sausage, egg, spam, spam and spam (sausages, beans and eggs are optional).
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And now, the List of Tropes:
- Anvil on Head: 16-ton weights can hurt Mr Gumby and enemies.
- Argument of Contradictions: In a bonus game, Mr Gumby can win more points the longer he can keep contradicting a Minister For Pointless Arguments.
- A Winner Is You: If you fail to get all the brain pieces you just get a message saying you won't get the special ending.
- Blessed Are the Cheesemakers: Cheese can be found throughout the game, including in the Copy Protection Puzzle.
- Edible Collectible: The plot of the game involves pieces of Mr. Gumby's brain being rationed for 16 tins of Spam each. Besides Spam, Gumby can also collect sausages, eggs and beans.
- Every 10,000 Points: You get an extra life for every 10000000 points lost (which happens infrequently because Pinball Scoring is averted).
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Many bad things are trying to kill Mr Gumby, including but not limited to dead parrots, Vikings on unicycles, pillow-tossing members of the Spanish Inquisition, piggy banks, vicious gangs of "Keep Left" signs and bouncing black spots.
- Fake-Out Opening: Not the game itself, but the manual has a completely irrelevant cover with the English title, "The Official Hungarian Phrãse Bökk (Complete With Dance Steps)."
- Giant Foot of Stomping: The giant Bronzino foot squashes Mr Gumby in a cutscene when he loses a life.
- Lego Body Parts: In various stages, Mr Gumby's body is replaced with a fish's body, a chicken's body, and (for bonus screens) a bouncing boot.
- Mobile Shrubbery: A walking bush stalks Mr Gumby through the game's opening area.
- Mythology Gag: Some thirty pages of the manual are dedicated to jokes that have nothing to do with the game itself. Most of these jokes are based on sketches from the TV series.
- Scoring Points: Score starts at 99999999 points and counts down because the game is silly.
- Shamu Fu: Mr Gumby is armed with an infinite supply of fish.
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