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BOX=ART is a site dedicated to the history of video game box art/ cover art and the artists responsible for them.

Box arts are profiled using high quality scans and with the intention of acknowledging the men and women who have played such a major role in shaping our gaming experiences.

Not only for video game enthusiasts, BOX=ART is for all who enjoy quality artwork.


All information on this site is through my own findings and is believed to be correct.  Any corrections, errors or admissions that need to be made, or artists that would like to be involved in BOX=ART, please feel free to contact me.

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Earthworm Jim | Playmates Interactive Entertainment | 1994 | by Mike Koelsh | Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, Genesis, Master System, Mega Drive, SNES, Super Famicom.

Earthworm Jim 2 | Playmates Interactive Entertainment | 1995 | by Mike Koelsh | Game Boy Advance, Genesis, Mega Drive, PS1, Saturn, SNES, Windows.

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition | Interplay | 1995 | by Mike Koelsh | Windows.

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition | Interplay | 1995 | by Mike Koelsh | Sega CD.




















































Ecco the Dolphin (エコー・ザ・ドルフィン) | Sega | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | by Boris Vallejo  | Genesis, Game Gear, Mega CD, Mega Drive, Master System, Windows.

This stunning high fantasy box arts would help push Sega’s Mega Drive towards a maturer audience in the early 90’s, Ecco being a classic example. When comparing Sega of Japan’s equivalent box art you can see that they and Sega of America had different ideas on the age they were marketing to. Ecco in the East was for pre-teen children, with its light-anime look and cheerful disposition, whilst Ecco in the West was for teenagers, eschewing the cartooned 90’s characterisation this type of box art often portrayed.

The cover art is classic Vallejo with its large, glossy, highly detailed protagonists, painted in oils.

The game’s success led to further entries with Boris creating all North American box arts in the series.


Elite | Acornsoft | 1986 | by Philip Castle | Acorn Atom, BBC Micro.

The famous cover and poster artist (Aladdin Sane, Clockwork Orange, Mars Attacks!) would be responsible in designing the first box art for this seminal space-trader game.

The artwork’s spaceship and space setting was standard 70’s/ 80’s design but the piece would be elevated by the glorious and dominating logo. The logo, inspired by pilot’s wings, would also have the look of a griffin applied to it giving it coat of arms feel.

The popularity of the game meant that publisher Firebird ported it to every going home computer of the day along with the NES. On these box arts a version of Philip’s logo would be all that was used. It is a iconic and imposing design that is still striking to this day.


     

Eldorado Gate vol 1 (エルドラドゲート 第1巻) | Capcom | 2000 | Dreamcast.

This box art would be the first of seven that Capcom released for it’s Eldorado series. All seven covers would be Amano designs and would be decidedly more anime inspired than his usual efforts and arguably styalistically stand out from the rest of his catalogue.

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Directory - 123 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Elysium | Magic Bytes | 1992 | by Celal Kandemiroglu | Amiga, MS-DOS.

Emerald Dragon | Basho House | 1989 | by Akihiro Kimura | PC-88, PC-98.

Emerald Dragon | Glodia | 1990 | by Akihiro Kimura | MSX, X68000.

Emerald Dragon | Glodia | 1992 | by Akihiro Kimura | FM Towns.

Emerald Dragon | Media Works | 1995 | by Akihiro Kimura | Super Famicom.

Emerald Dragon | NEC | 1994 | by Akihiro Kimura | PC Engine CD.

Emergency: Fighters for Life | Wizardworks Group | 1998 | by John Berkey | Windows.

Empire of the Over-Mind | The Avalon Hill Game Company | 1982 | by Bob Haynes | Apple II, Atari 8-bit, TRS-80.

Encharted Land | Thalion Software | 1990 | by Michael Hellmich | Amiga, Atari ST.

Enforcer, The | The Power House | 1987 | by Tim White | Commodore 64.

Enterprise | Mastetronic Plus | 1987 | by David John Rowe | ZX Spectrum.

Entombed | Ultimate - Play the Game | 1985 | by Tim Stamper | Commodore 64.

Eldorado Gate vol 2 | Capcom | 2000 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Dreamcast.

Eldorado Gate vol 3 - 7 | Capcom | 2001 | by Yoshitaka Amano | Dreamcast.

Elemental Gearbolt | Sony | 1997 | JPN ver. | by Hitoshi Yoneda | PS1.

Elemental Gearbolt | Working Designs | 1998 | NA ver. | by Hitoshi Yoneda | PS1.

Elemental Gimmick Gear | Hudson Soft | 1999 | JPN ver. | by Hidetsugu Watanabe | Dreamcast.

Elevator Action | Taito | 1987 | NA ver. | by Ron Villani | NES.

Elevator Action | Taito | 1991 | by Lee MacLeod |Game Boy.

Elf | Ocean Software | 1991 | EU ver. | by Bob Wakelin | Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS.

Elfaria | Huson Soft | 1993 | by Susumu Matsushita | Super Famicom.

Elfaria II | Huson Soft | 1995 | by Susumu Matsushita | Super Famicom.

Eliminator, The |  Adventure international | 1981 | by Don Dixon | Apple II, Atari 8-bit, TRS-80.  

Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future | Sega | 2000 | NA ver. | by Boris Vallejo | Dreamcast.

Ecco the Dolphin: Tides of Time | Sega | 1994 | EU/ NA ver. | by Boris Vallejo | Genesis, Game Gear, Mega CD, Mega Drive, Master System.

Echeon | U.S Gold | 1988 | by Peter Andrew Jones | Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

Edo no Kiba | Micro World | 1993 | by Yoshiyuki Takani | Super Famicom.

Eggs of Steal | Enix | 1998 | JPN ver. | by Dan Quarnstromwith with Nick Pugh & Sei Nakashima | PS1.

Eggs of Steal | Atlus Software | 1998 | NA ver. | by Dan Quarnstrom with Nick Pugh & Sei Nakashima | PS1.

Eidolon, The | Epyx | 1985 | by Ken Macklin | Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

Eien no Filena | Tokuma Shoten | 1995 | by Akemi Takada | Super Famicom.

Elder Scrolls V, The: Skyrim | Bethesda Software | 2011 | by Adam Adamowicz & Ray Lederer | PS3, PS4, Switch, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One.


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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial | Atari | 1982 | by Hiro Kimura | Atari 2600/ VCS, Atari 2800.

The infamous game that legend has heaped the coals of failure upon its shoulder - in part, and probably unfairly, accrediting it to the video game crash of 1983 - would have quite the pleasant and frank cover art.

The character art’s inspiration looks to have been taken from a movie still, cobbled together with phone motives and arguably does a good job of portraying the innocence and wide eyed wonder the movie is famous for.

Epic | Ocean Software | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | by Bob Wakelin | Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS.

Exuding Bob’s usual pastiche for bombastic 80’s film posters, Epic’s 1992 space odyssey would start with its cracking box art. Its artistry and detail would elevate it above the myriad other classic Bob cover arts of that year, such as Parasol Stars, Space Gun and Wizkid, offering a grandiose vista of sci-fi hallmarks doused in rich colour.  It would have undoubtedly been primarily painted using airbrush, as was Bob’s favoured medium at the time, and finished with coloured pen.

The space pilot was ‘the mongrel son of Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson’ and much like other Wakelin box arts (Gryzor, Operation Wolf, Cabal) it would have been copied from a photo likeness.

The artist has gone on record saying that this is one of his better artworks and that a lot of time was spent on it (uncommon for the time), but that it was initially rejected as not what the developer wanted, only to be later overruled.

Eternal Champions | Sega | 1993 | by Julie Bell | Genesis, Mega drive.

Eternal Dagger, The | SSI | 1987 | by Joseph Chiodo | Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64.

Evasive Action | Software Toolworks | 1993 | by Marc William Ericksen | MS-DOS.

Evil Within, The | Bethesda Software | 2014 | by Charles Bae | PS3, PS4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One.

Ex-Lander - Aoki Monshou no Kishidan | Micro Vision | 1993 | by Akihiro Yamada | PC-98.

Excitebike | Nintendo | 1984 | JPN ver. | by Minoru Maeda | Famicom, Game Boy Advance.

Exile | Renovation | 1991 | NA ver. | by Dave McMacken | Genesis.

EXO Squad | Playmates Interactive | 1995 | by Greg Winters | Genesis, Mega Drive.

Exodus: Ultima III | ORIGIN Systems | 1983 | by Denis R. Loubet | Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, FM-7, Macintosh, MS-DOS, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1.

Exodus: Ultima III | Pony Canyon | 1987 | by Tadashi Tsukada | JPN ver. | Famicom, MSX (cartridge edition).

Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor | Ving Co. | 1994 | JPN ver. | by Hitoshi Yoneda | PC-98.

Equalizer, The | The Power House | 1987 | by Tim White | Commodore 64.

Eric the Unready | Legend Entertainment Company | 1993 | by Boris Vallejo | MS-DOS.

Erika to Satoru no Yume Bōken | Namco | 1988 | by Kōichi Tokita | Famicom.

Escape | Muse Software | 1978 | by Silas Warner | Apple II.

Escape from Monkey Island | LucasArts Entertainment | 2000 | by Mike Koelsh | Macintosh, PS2 (EU ver), Windows.  

Eskimo Eddie | Ocean Software | 1984 | by Bob Wakelin | Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

ESWAT: City Under Siege | Sega | 1990 | by Yuji Kaida | Genesis, Mega Drive.