Similar to the classic arcade game Frogger, one must try to cross the road and get to the median and then cross some more roads, all while avoiding traffic. How far can you go? Each forward-moving hop scores a point, you can see your score in the top right corner of the game board.
Please note: this game works on both desktop and mobile devices - if you have any trouble starting the game on desktop, take your cursor and click or tap in the playing field. Also, on desktop, you might find it easier to use the arrow keys to move your piece rather than clicking on the buttons.
Scroll down below the game to learn about art by Utagawa Hiroshige and Winslow Homer, which we were prompted to study in relation to the way this game is set up visually.
You may ask: what does this game have to do with art? We just thought the game was a lot of fun, so while there's not an art history reference within the game, we thought we'd take a look at some art works that relate visually to this game. Scroll down to see more.
Pictured here, "Nihonbashi," circa 1848–49, by the Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige.
The word in the title, "Nihonbashi," translates to "Japan Bridge," and is the name of a busy commercial district in Tokyo which is named for its landmark 17th-century canal bridge with the same name. As you can see in this art work, Hiroshige is definitely trying to capture how busy this bridge is, and we share it here as it seems to visually relate to our game above - for example, if you were on the near side of this bridge, how would you need to move to cross to the far side of the bridge, cutting though all of the foot traffic?
Hiroshige's woodblock print illustrates the hustle-bustle of the traffic on the bridge. Large fish are delivered from the nearby fish market. Behind the bridge, warehouses are lined up along the river. The image also includes a panoramic scene of Edo castle and Mount Fuji in the distance.
This art work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is reproduced here courtesy of their Open Access Program.
Pictured here, "Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide)," 1870, by the American artist Winslow Homer.
We chose this painting to share with regards to our game for the way that Winslow Homer captures a sense of late afternoon sunlight, having painted shadows coming from each figure cast upon the beach. In a similar way, our Traffic Dodger game depicts late afternoon sunlight, although in our case the direction of light is coming from the left. In both cases, the use of shadows helps place the subjects a more-realistic dimensional space.
What do you think is happening in this painting? It appears that one woman has just come out of the water, as she squeezes the water out of her dress, while the seated woman appears to be taking off her shoes in advance of going in the water herself.
This art work also comes from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is reproduced here courtesy of their Open Access Program.
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