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 >Ancipital

Box art by Steinar Lund

Norwegian/ English artwork, first published by Llamasoft in 1984.

Designed for the European market. Commodore 64 version pictured.

Also available on: na


The game Ancipital would be yet another crazed masterpiece from the mind of developer Jeff Minter.  


It’s box art was one of many collaborations between Minter and artist Steinar Lund, who’d also be responsible for such Llamasoft cover arts as Batalyx and Attack of the Mutant Camels.


Ancipital was and still is a great example of how strong characterisation can be all a cover art needs to market a game.  Its pop-psychadelic style and vivid use of colour was uncommon in 1984, and Europe’s tentative box art scene, and was created using the artists prefered medium, airbrush inks.  


It would scream graffiti-art, as if some bold statement was being made, and will undoubtedly end up being the only time a hoven man-yak is depicted!




Other notable Steinar Lund box arts

1981

>QS Defender (EU) ZX-81, ZX Spectrum.

1987

>The Armageddon Man (EU/ NA) Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Atari ST.


                                                                 




1988

>Return of the Jedi (EU/ NA) Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Atari ST.







If you like Ancipital you’ll love…

1982

>Dragonfire (NA) Apple II, Atari 2600, Colecovision, Commodore 64,   Intellivision.

1988

>Super Mario Bros. 2 (EU/ NA) NES.




Sources and further reading:

>http://www.crashonline.org.uk/14/oncover.htm

>http://steinarlund.com/videogames-airbrush-artwork





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1994

>Ecco the Dolphin: Tides of Time (EU/ NA) Mega Drive/ Genesis, Game Gear,   Mega CD.


Posted - 12/10/13 by Adam Gidney

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