The Monty Python franchise is no stranger to gamblers, as slots such as Life of Brian and Spamalot have been produced in the past. Now Bally/Scientific Games has decided to get in on the action, and the resulting product is based on the legendary comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Bally has released two games at the same time in order to meet the rabid demand by fans of the legendary British comedy group. The first is known as Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Black Knight, while the second is titled Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Killer Bunny.
In many ways, these two slots are decidedly similar. There are, however, a few differences when it comes to graphics, movie clips, and bonus rounds.
Holy Grail fans are sure to love the game’s symbols, as they include all the prominent knights from the movie. The Black Knight icon is included on the game that carries his name, and the same can be said for the Killer Bunny. The Knights of the Round Table included in the game are as follows:
Available on the Black Knight version, this feature is activated when the slot’s namesake appears on reels one, three, and five of the base game. A movie clip shows the sinister knight attempting to bar Arthur’s way, at which point a heated battle ensues. Eight spins are awarded to the player, and these begin as soon as the clip is over.
Wild symbols show up frequently during this phase, and the Free Games icon results in additional spins being earned. If you’re fortunate enough to gain a bonus multiplier, that’s when the money really starts rolling in. The multipliers are especially entertaining, as they show the Black Knight getting hacked limb from limb (while still refusing to give up).
Only available on the Killer Bunny edition of the slot, this bonus is activated when the bunny symbol appears on reels one, three, and five during the base game. This leads to a quick movie clip demonstrating the awesome power of the rabbit, which is followed by eight free spins.
During these spins, wilds appear at random and lock into place for the duration of the round. Also, keep an eye out for Arthur and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, as this leads to an explosion that results in a number of additional wilds. By the end of the bonus, the game guarantees that somewhere between five and ten wilds will be locked into place.
When this feature is activated, a chorus of trumpets signal your success. You’re then taken to a screen with 24 covered spaces, and the icons hidden underneath are tied to one of the five progressives.
In order to win one of the payouts, you’ll need to get three matches. It’s a pretty straightforward bonus, but the addition of knights flying off the Bridge of Death and Lancelot hacking up people adds some extra visual excitement.
Both games include a five-level progressive jackpot, although these aren’t wide-area progressives. They’re generally limited to a single machine or bank of games, so you can expect the prizes to be in the hundreds or thousands instead of millions.
During any stage of the base game, random wilds may come out of nowhere and land on the reels. In most cases, the number of wilds range from three to eight.
Whenever you win on a base game, you may find that a multiplier appears at random to increase the value of the payout. Multipliers can range from 2x to an impressive 20x, so keep your fingers crossed.
Following any spin on the base game, watch for Tim the Enchanter to show up and transform a particular knight icon into that of another member of the Round Table.
While the Monty Python and the Holy Grail slot doesn’t offer any life-changing progressives, it features enough bonus rounds and mini games to keep players engaged. Fans of the movie are likely to play just for the heck of it, and they won’t be disappointed thanks to clacking coconut sounds and plenty of hilarious clips.