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Video game box art and artist history database




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BOX=ART is a site dedicated to the history of video game box art/ cover art and the artists responsible for them.

Box arts are profiled using high quality scans and with the intention of acknowledging the men and women who have played such a major role in shaping our gaming experiences.

Not only for video game enthusiasts, BOX=ART is for all who enjoy quality artwork.

All information on this site is through my own findings and is believed to be correct.  Any corrections, errors or admissions that need to be made, or artists that would like to be involved in BOX=ART, please feel free to contact me.


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>Star Wars - film canon video game series index.

Added - 18/6/2018.

>Air-Sea Battle.

Added - 18/6/2018.

>AX-2: Uchuu Yusousen Nostromo by Masashi Iwasaki.

Added - 17/6/2018.

>Omotesandō Adventure.

Added - 17/6/2018.

>Hitoshi Yoneda artist profile and index.

Added - 17/6/2018.

>E. T. The Extra Terrestrial by Hiro Kimura.

Added - 16/6/2018.

>The Dragon & Princess.

Added - 16/6/2018.

>Les Dorscheid artist index.

Added - 16/6/2018.

>Rise of the Triad: Dark War by Les Dorscheid.

Added - 16/6/2018.

>Akihiko Yoshida artist index.

Added - 16/6/2018.

>Sonic the Hedgehog by Akira Watanabe.

Added - 9/6/2018.


1. E. T. The Extra Terrestrial.

2. Sonic the Hedgehog.

3. AX-2: Uchuu Yusousen Nostromo.

4. Vortex.

5. Dark Seed.

6. Omotesandō Adventure.

7. Lemmings.

8. Rise of the Triad: Dark War.

9. The Dragon & Princess.

10. Power DoLLs 5.


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BOX=ART is a database dedicated to acknowledging the men and women who since the early 1970’s have been designing the art that adorns video game packaging.

Each page of the alphabet is split into two columns. The left-sided column is a general box art directory where artworks can be viewed and read about.  The right-sided column details one or more of the following categories: artist - profiling box artists when of interest and listing their known cover arts; hardware - profiling the box art history and standout covers behind a certain video game console or computer; publisher - profiling standout box arts from video game publishers, and video game series - indexing the cover history behind some of gaming’s most popular series.  

The definition of box art...

The terms box art and cover art are one and the same and are used interchangeably throughout the site.

Box art’s must include a design or artwork that have been printed on some kind of physical casing. This means the marketing artworks used to promote download video games - with no physical release - will not be covered on this site. Neither will arcade promotional artworks that were not released on a home console/ computer.  

The only exception to these rules are early North American home computer video games (around 1980) which tended to ship in clear plastic bags rather than a case of somekind. In these instances the manual covers are used.


BOX=ART has 362 cover art images and profiles, plus 237 artist, publisher, hardware and video game series indexes to search for.

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Glass by David John Rowe.

English artwork. Published by Quicksilva in 1985 for the European ZX Spectrum market.

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