June 18, 2003 at 6:47 pm #29224
Pepper’s Adventures in Time is one of Sierra’s best adventure games, and I waited for years when I was younger for the sequel that the ending seemed to lead up to. Did the sequel actually get into development at all before it was canned? I would love to know anything you remembered about it or the production of Pepper. Thanks.
June 18, 2003 at 7:11 pm #29225
(re: Pepper’s Adventures in Time) Wow …. I never would have remembered that name until you mentioned it!
I have only vague recollections of the title. I “think” that it was developed by a company we acquired in Seattle called Brightstar. I remember everyone liked it, and that a sequel was planned, but then it bombed in the market – so the sequel was shelved. But, that said, I barely remember it – maybe someone else will have a better memory than me. Does the box say who designed it? I think it may have been Elon Gasper, or Marcia (something – I forget her last name).
June 19, 2003 at 2:15 am #29226
(re: Pepper’s Adventures in Time) I have all too much to say about Pepper’s Adventures in Time. 🙂 In fact, in my recent Top 20 Adventure Games of All-Time article at AdventureGamers.com (which I would link to if not for the ugly server problems that have us down right now), I named Pepper #19 to the shock of many. I still consider it the greatest educational adventure ever created. It was formerly known as Twisty History before being changed to Pepper’s Adventures in Time, for (as I understand it) trademark reasons.
It was designed and written (brilliantly so) by Lorelei Shannon. After writing my countdown article, I received an e-mail from a reader who demanded that I recognize Josh Mandel as the true creative force behind the game. I e-mailed Josh, hoping to clear this up, and received this, which he gave me permission to quote:
“I think you’ve made a very esoteric and splendid choice. While I helped Lorelei with various aspects of the game, I was honored to do so — I think she deserves every ounce of credit you’ve given her, and I feel no need to share it. It was generous of her to list me as a co-designer on the game, but I always felt that was greatly overstating my impact on the final product. PEPPER’S is a reflection of Lorelei’s spirit and talent far moreso than that of anyone else who touched it, and I thought it was a game of surpassing quality — certainly one of the most unrestrainedly delightful games Sierra ever produced, and woefully underacknowledged.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself. I learned more about the colonial era from this game than I did from an upper-division college history course. I’m glad to see someone talking about the game! 🙂
June 19, 2003 at 2:38 am #29227
(re: Pepper’s Adventures in Time) I stand corrected! I would have bet a lot of money that Peppers wasn’t Lorelei.. It doesn’t seem her kind of game. Weird. Oh well… I asked Roberta, and she knew immediately that it was Lorelei.
I hate it when your memory starts to go…
June 19, 2003 at 11:19 am #29228
(re: Pepper’s Adventures in Time) I believe Mark Seibert was the producer for this game. Anyway, in addition to a walkthrough, Mark’s got the full game available for download from his website! Pretty cool of him, “since Sierra no longer sells this game,” as he says.
I downloaded it and tried playing it myself some time ago, and I got to the end of the first chapter which was *very* enjoyable (love the animations!), unfortunately, after that I got a lot of crashes and errors, which made me miss cutscenes and generally discouraged me from playing further.
June 19, 2003 at 12:32 pm #29229
(re: Pepper’s Adventures in Time)
brandon, thanks for the link. somehow, downloading a game from the website of one of the people who made it makes me feel less dirty than downloading it from an abandonware site. 🙂
i consider myself a bit of a sierra freak, and i don’t think i know anything about this game. maybe because it was never ported to the mac? (that’s all i had as a kid.) can’t wait to try this out!
June 19, 2003 at 4:41 pm #29230
October 28, 2004 at 11:49 pm #29231
Hey! I was wondering if you guys know of a CD talkie release of this game. Because MobyGames lists that there is a talkie version, but I was certain that there had never been a CD release. Can anyone clear this up for me, please?
Thank you very much. Talk to you later!
June 19, 2006 at 1:03 pm #29232
I know this thread is ancient now, but I just had to say that I have some fond memories of Pepper’s.
Elon Gasper (BrightStar founder) is my dad, and he would always bring home copies of the Sierra games as they came out.
To this day, whenever I go to a thrift store, I search through the old game disks, hoping for a great find. And every now and then, I find one!
I downloaded Pepper’s from Mark Seibert’s site, and to my never-ending delight, played all the way through again.
I worked at Sierra as a tester during high school, and would love to lay hands on Hoyle Classic Board Games again – I spent months with it, and still loved it!