Educational Game Development

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Exploring a River in the Catskills is a branching narrative discovery game, developed for middle school classrooms in partnership with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. 

As you move through the painterly landscape, you’ll encounter some interesting characters, and engage in varied dialogue— all based on real historic figures and primary sources.  Decode the art of River in the Catskills, painted by Thomas Cole in 1843.

Exploring a River in The Catskills
toolsUnity Game Engine
Adobe Photoshop
Replica Studios

Process The creative process was iterative, allowing for close collaboration with the planning team. Using newly developed text to speech AI voice acting, I was able to generate lifelike performances for the unique characters of this game. Working with primary source material was an exciting experience, bringing history to life with the inhabitants of Catskill circa 1840.

Learn more about the project here

Exploring A River in the Catskills
is a program of the Jack Warner Gateway to Learning: Exploring American History Through American Art. It was produced by The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and made possible by the Warner Foundation.

Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and The Bay & Paul Foundations.