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 >Barbarian

Box art by Roger Dean

English artwork, first published by Psygnosis in 1987.

Designed for the European and American markets.  Atari ST version pictured.

Also available on: Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS and ZX Spectrum.


Following on from the lofty highs of both Psygnosis’ debut Brataccas and follow up Deep Space, Roger Dean would turn from sci-fi to fantasy with Barbarian.


It would be classic Dean showcasing the artist’s talent for creating beautiful other worlds and far-stretching, sunburnt vistas.

 

Painted on board using acrylic and coined as ‘Red Dragon’, Barbarian would mimic Brataccas’ style of art whereby the foreground and background looked as though they’d been lit from different times of the day, giving a mesmerising presence to the dragon-like creature.  It would be a favoured technique that the artist used again on the Shadow of the Beast box arts.


Barbarian would cement Psygnosis’ ethos of fine art selling video games, and helped open the flood gates to Europe’s classic late-80 - early-90’s box art period.




Other notable Roger Dean box arts

1988

>Obliterator (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, DOS, ZX Spectrum.

1989

>Shadow of the Beast (worldwide) Mega CD, Amiga, Master System, PCE       




1992

>Aquaventura (EU) Amiga.







If you like Barbarian you’ll love…

1988

>Menace (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS.

1989

>Blood Money (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Commodore 64.


Sources and further reading:

>http://www.polygon.com/features/2013/2/14/3768030/roger-dean-outside-the-box-psygnosis

>http://www.psygnosis.org/games/barbarians1/

>http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/08/23/a-history-of-psygnosis-in-12-games






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1990

>Awesome (EU) Amiga.

Updated - 8/12/14, by Adam Gidney

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