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 >The Demon’s Forge

Box art by Vicente Segrelles

Spanish artwork, first published by Saber Software in 1981.

Designed for the North American Apple II market.

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The legendary designer Brian Fargo’s first video game, The Demon’s Forge would be home to a box art of extraordinary detail and beauty.


Its high level of artistry would raise the bar on what had come before it, and give an early taste of a style of art that post mid-80’s proliferated in the industry.


Painted in oils by Spanish artist Vicente Segrelles, it would be an early example (if not the earliest) of a recommissioned artwork used as a box art. Originally the cover art to Segrelles fantasy epic El Mercenario #3: Los Juicios (1980), it is also presently the earliest known example of a European artist’s art adorning an American video game.


The artwork was exclusively used for the Apple II, North American release, with the later PC Booster port (1987) getting a completely new cover art that paid little stylistic homage to the original - but is still rather good - and is the artists only known box art to date.





Other notable Vicente Segrelles box arts.

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If you like The Demon’s Forge you’ll love…

1989

>Black Tiger (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX   Spectrum.

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





Sources and further reading:

>http://www.segrelles.com/


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1995

>Brandish RENEWAL (JP) PC-98, PSP.



Posted - 14/7/15, by Adam Gidney

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