Monty Python`s Spamalot Slots

Published: 11/07/2012

The British comedy group known as Monty Python got their start on the BBC in 1969 with a television comedy sketch show called “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” For five years through 1974, the silliness was written and performed by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, gaining a following that endures to this day.

The hit TV programme also spawned touring stage shows, albums, several books and films. In 2005, a long-running stage musical called “Spamalot” was created by Idle in collaboration with composer John Du Prez. The production was “lovingly ripped off from” a 1975 movie entitled “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Like the film, the stage version is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend, with some added digs at the conventions of Broadway theatre. In the course of delighting audiences from New York to Las Vegas, it has won three Tony Awards.

Always on the lookout for ways to bring more fun to the screens of customers, software developer Playtech saw the hit musical comedy as a perfectly fine theme for a new game. The result was the release of the five-reel, 20-payline Monty Python’s Spamalot slot in early 2012 to rave reviews from players and industry watchers alike.

Winning combinations start with matching three or more card symbols, Ten through Aces, or illustrated characters-- King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Sir Robin, Sir Galahad, and the Lady of the Lake. The payouts range from 3X to 600X for wins with these symbols, which animate as the payouts are made. Sir Lancelot, for example, dresses in drag and Sir Galahad becomes the target for pigeon poop. King Arthur dances to trumpets and the Lady of the Lake looses her top.

The amount wagered per line on Spamalot slots can be varied from €0.01 to €1 by using the +/- toggles directly below the Line Bet counter. Similarly, +/- toggles under the Line counter can be used to select from one to 20 paylines. Start the game by clicking on “Spin.” Winnings are displayed in the “Win” section at the bottom of the screen, and the Current Balance appears in the lower left-hand corner. The game has an Autoplay feature, too, which can enable up to 50 repeat bets.

Special symbols on the reels are the Wild Holy Grail, the Bonus Cloud, the Monty Python Scatter and the Jackpots, which are available only in the free spins mode. The Grail substitutes for any symbol except the special ones, paying 25X, 150X, 1,500X or 5,000X when 2, 3, 4 or 5 line up on an active payline.

The Scatters pay a multiplier of the total wager—3X, 15X or 250X for 3, 4 or 5—and initiate ten free spins with additional wilds. During the free spins, the player also tries to collect matching Jackpot symbols. Obtaining five or more of them opens levels of cash rewards, the topmost one being the progressive jackpot, which quite recently hit for £693,517. The levels are, of course, creatively named: Chickens, Rabbits, Hands, Knights, Cows and Whatever That Is.

By far the most fun comes in the Bonus Round, initiated whenever the Bonus Clouds appear on both reels one and five. Like the musical, the Bonus is divided into Four Acts that follow a predetermined sequence: Storm the Castle Bonus, None Shall Pass Bonus, Knights Who Say “Ni” Bonus and Killer Rabbit Bonus. As might be expected, the challenges in these “acts” are hilarious, ranging from dodging cows and fighting a brave knight to making a sacrifice shrubbery.

Published on: 11/07/2012

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