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 >Computer Bismarck

Box art by Louis Hsu Saekow

North American artwork, first published by SSI in 1980.

Designed for the North American market. Apple II version pictured.

Also available on: na.


A landmark title for North America’s home computer scene, Computer Bismarck would not only successfully launch publisher Strategic Simulations. Inc (SSI), but also artist Louis Hsu Saekow.


Wanting to compete with The Avalon Hill Gaming Co. and their newly formed computer game division Microcomputer Inc, SSI set about producing the most professional and arresting box art possible.  


In general up until the 80’s home computer cover arts mimicked Atari’s VCS efforts in terms of artistry, and lacked any sort of physical casing.  Bismarck changed that and shipped with a large high quality box, and printed manual.


Louis’ graphic design also bucked the trend by moving away from the board game style cover artworks Avalon used, and instead creating a striking wire frame model with minimalistic palette.


In a sea of traditionally painted box arts, Bismarck’s graphic design leapt off the shelf and subsiquently proved a big hit for SSI. Surprisingly the company and Louis would not adopt the artistic approach for future box arts, them being in the main rather conformist.


Bismarck stood out loud in an increasingly busy market and is a shining example of fresh thinking artistically and commercially working.




Other notable Louis Hsu Saekow box arts

1981

>Chronicles of Osgorth: The Shatered Alliance (NA) Apple II, Atari 8-bit.

1984

>Gemstone Warriors (EU/ NA) Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64.






1986

>Rings of Zilfin (NA) Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS.






If you like Computer Bismarck you’ll love…

1993

>G-Loc (JP) Mega Drive.

1995

>Wipeout (EU/ JP) PlayStation, Saturn.



Sources and further reading:

>http://www.mobygames.com/developer/louis-hsu-saekow/credits/developerId,2121/

>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Bismarck

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2000

>Gradius III & IV (worldwide) PlayStation 2.

Posted - 16/4/14, by Adam Gidney

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