Monty Is Innocent

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Monty is Innocent
Monty is Innocent (Inlay).jpg
Developer(s)Chris Kerry
Publisher(s)Gremlin Graphics
SeriesMonty Mole
Platform(s)ZX Spectrum
Genre(s)Action-adventure game

Monty is Innocent is a video game released in 1985 for the Sinclair Spectrum. It is a sequel to the 1984 video game Wanted: Monty Mole.


Monty Mole has been sentenced to five years in Scudmore Prison for stealing a bucket of coal. Monty's best friend, the mysterious masked rodent, Sam Stoat, is determined to set Monty free. Sam must face the evil forces, lurking in the depths of Scudmore, and rescue Monty.[1]


While the game was marketed as Monty is Innocent it is never referred to as it in-game, Instead it merely displays "Great Escape!". The inlay also features this title, on the newspaper that Monty Mole is reading in his cell.


While billed as a sequel to the game Wanted: Monty Mole, Monty is Innocent is very different; in addition to the obvious difference (the player controls Sam Stoat, rather than Monty) the previous Monty Mole game was a platform game whereas Monty is Innocent is a linked, multi-screen 3D maze game. The player must collect a key from the Governor's office to open a cell door. There are eight keys (which open eight doors) and the player must return to the office each time until the key to open Monty's cell is found. A number of bottles containing a magic disappearing potion can be found around the prison, which will cause Sam to become invisible for a short time. There is also an armoury which contains an endless supply of guns, although the weapons have only five bullets each.

Points are scored for completing the game; the faster the game is completed, the more points are awarded.[1][2][3][4][5]


Review scores
Sinclair User7/10,[5]
Sinclair Programs40%,[4]

Reviews were mixed, with CRASH giving the game 78%.[2] and Sinclair User awarding 7/10,[5] while Sinclair Programs gave only 40%.[4]

CRASH declared that "Monty is Innocent is great. It's really colourful and although the graphic movement is not ultra-smooth, it's okay."[2] and Your Computer said that "Plenty of imagination has been used to create the backdrops - there are a couple of good 3D mazes and an ingenious sequence in a gymnasium.",[3] while Sinclair Programs said that, while the idea behind the game was good, it was "badly presented. Doors to other screens are often invisible, and the 3D pictures are confusing." and declaring that "the game is not a patch on Wanted: Monty Mole."[4]


  1. ^ a b Monty is Innocent Inlay, Gremlin Graphics
  2. ^ a b c d "Monty is Innocent Review", CRASH, March 1985
  3. ^ a b Bond, Paul (March 1985), "Monty is Innocent Review", Your Computer
  4. ^ a b c d "Monty is Innocent Review", Sinclair Programs, April 1985
  5. ^ a b c Edgeley, Clare (April 1985), "Monty is Innocent Review", Sinclair User

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