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 >Brataccas

Box art by Roger Dean

English artwork, first published by Psygnosis in 1986.

Designed for the European and American markets. Amiga, first edition version pictured.

Also available on: Atari ST and Macintosh.


From the inspired mind of one of the UK’s great fantasy artists, Roger Dean, Brataccas would help push the box art medium to new levels of excellence whilst ushering Europe into its cover art golden age.

 

Before Brataccas, the quality of Europe’s box art output could be viewed as tentative.  Groundwork had been made by fledgling artists such as Bob Wakelin and David John Rowe, but Roger’s and Psygnosis’ vision to create fine promotional art, in Europe at least, was daringly new and unrehearsed.


The first edition of Brataccas (pictured) would not only be unique in Psygnosis’ box art portfolio, it being released in a book style format, but also laid claim to being the studio’s debut cover art.


From follow-up Deep Space until the PlayStation era, most subsequent cover arts would come housed in the standard thin-coloured border surrounded by black box (also true of the re-released second edition of Brataccas). This edition’s uniquely styled logo would also be changed for the second edition, looking more in line with Dean’s follow up logo work for Psygnosis.


Dean staples such as dynamic fore and background light sources, along with organic mechanical characters brought Brataccas’ acrylic finished alien vista alive.  It also set a lofty benchmark that Psygnosis over the coming years would ever try to smash by commissioning some of the UK’s finest artists.



Other notable Roger Dean box arts.

1987

>Barbarian (EU/ NA) Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum.

1988

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




1989

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

1992

>Aquaventura (EU) Amiga.







If you like Brataccas 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

Related BOX=ART pages.



1990

>Awesome (EU) Amiga.

Posted - 12/8/14, by Adam Gidney

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