There is an old time capsule film from 1906 San Francisco called “A Trip Down Market Street.” This 13-minute film was recorded by mounting a movie camera on the front of a cable car traveling down San Francisco’s Market Street, and it shows many of the details of daily life in a major American city more than 100 years ago. The film captures the city shortly before the devastating earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. A unique movie, it is now an equally unique game on the App Store that challenges your visual perception and memory.
Testing your visual memory
How perceptive are you, really? Watching a film with so much hustle and bustle from a time long since gone, you might find it difficult to really take in everything that is happening. The game takes you through the movie, pausing periodically to ask you questions such as whether the Ferry Building has one tower or two.
“A Trip Down Market Street” takes place at the junction between the horse-drawn carriage and the automobile, and you see both within the footage of the film. The game even capitalizes on this, asking you whether or not certain vehicles are carriages or automobiles at some places.
Challenging free game
A Trip Down Market Street is challenging and entertaining, and is available for free on the App Store. The game does not include ads, because the developer thought they would have a negative impact on the atmosphere of the black and white silent film. The first third of the trip is available for free, and buying a ticket through in-app purchase will allow you to enjoy the full trip to the famous Ferry Building.
Take a look at the video trailer of the game, or click this link if it fails to load.