Our US audiences may not necessarily be fond of Monty Python, a British surreal comedy group best known for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a hilarious television sketch show broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974.
Even if you’ve never followed the show, chances are you’ve encountered some of the popular and widely quoted sketches on YouTube. Some have even gone to become cultural phenomenons in their own right. Take the “Spam” show, for example, which led to the coining of the term email spam.
My fav sketch is “The Ministry of Silly Walks” and much to my delight, it’s now been turned into its own iOS game, now available in the App Store…
The premise is simple: you must guide your character, voiced by Monty Python’s John Cleese, and unleash his silly walk across the streets of London, all the while dodging various obstacles, collecting gold coins and finding power ups that help take your walk to new heights of silliness.
iTunes release notes amusingly described The Ministry of Silly Walks as a “stupendously additive survival game” focused on the eccentric loco-motion.
“Your assignment as a member of this venerable organization is to showcase your increasingly frantic promenading as far as you possibly can,” reads another line.
Check out the gameplay video bellow.
Featuring realistic physics and ragdoll mechanics, the game randomizes obstacles and scenery in an effort to make it more interesting and replayable. The game files as the comedy group’s first iOS app.
In and of itself, The Ministry of Silly Walks is an average side-scroller.
But coupled with Monty Python branding, taken with a healthy does of sarcasm and spiced up with the legendary British humor, Monty Python’s The Ministry of Silly Walks easily holds its own and stands out as an instant-buy for fans of the British troupe.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist – here’s the related Silly Walks sketch.
Holly! Turns out The Ministry has a website of its own.
The 165MB download is designed for both the iPhone and iPad and requires iOS 6.0 or later.