Pepper's Adventures in Time

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Videogame (1993). Sierra On-Line. Designed by Gano Haine, Jane Jensen, Josh Mandel, Lorelei Shannon. Platforms: DOS, Win.

Pepper's Adventures in Time is a graphical Adventure marketed as edutainment for Young Adults which many older players have also found appealing. Participants alternate between the roles of the eponymous character, a sassy young amateur newsgirl, and her "newshound", Lockjaw. The game begins with Pepper and Lockjaw outside her parents' house, but the player (in the person of Pepper) will soon find themselves following Lockjaw back in time from contemporary America to the eighteenth century, courtesy of Uncle Fred's experimental Time Machine. Fred, it seems, is something of an archetypal Mad Scientist, having not only discovered Time Travel but decided to use it to bring the counterculture of the 1960s to the cradle of the American Revolution. Benjamin Franklin has become a hippie guru, surrounded by lotus-eating disciples and utterly indifferent to politics. The player's goal is to return history to its expected shape, while perhaps learning some useful facts along the way. The lasting impression is of a gently amusing game, liberally endowed with not overly taxing puzzles. [NT]

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