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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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L.A Noire | Rockstar Games | 2011 | by Stephen Bliss | PS3, Windows, Xbox 360.

L'Empereur | KOEI | 1990 | by Noriyoshi Ohrai | Famicom, FM Towns, MS-DOS, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1, X68000.

Lands of Lore:  The Throne of Chaos | Virgin Games | 1993 | by Lee MacLeod |MS-DOS.

Landstalkers | Sega | 1993 | EU/ NA ver. | by Greg Martin | Genesis, Mega Drive.

Las Vegas Poker and Blackjack | Mattel Electronics | 1980 | by Jerrol Richardson | Intellivision.

Las Vegas Roulette | Mattel Electronics | 1980 | by Jerrol Richardson | Intellivision.   

Laser Force | Britannica Software | 1989 | by Marc William Ericksen | Apple IIgs.

Laser Invasion | Konami | 1991 | NA ver. | by Tom Dubois | NES.

Laser Squad - Uchuu Kaiheitai | C2 Bros | 1993 | by Naoyuki Katoh | PC-98.

























































































Legionnaire | 1982 | by Stephanie M. B. Czech | Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Commodore PET.

Stephanie’s excellent cover for Legionnaire would be a high point in Avalon’s box art catalogue.  It would take obvious inspiration from the ancient Graceo/ Roman art world and pull off the style with some aplomb, looking as though it had been cut from a 2000 year old fresco. It is a masterful example of overall composition design, with a delicate colour pallette and emotional characterisation.  It exudes masculinity and the messy, tragic results of war.

Lemmings | Psygnosis | 1991 | by Adrian Powell | Acorn, Amiga, Atari ST, CD32, CD-I, CDTV, Commodore 64, MS DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, Game Gear (EU/ JPN ver.), Mega Drive, Lynx, NES, Master System, PC-98, Sam Coupe, Super Famicom, Turbo Grafx, ZX Spectrum.  

Taking inspiration from animator Gary Timmons’ original character art, Adrian Powell would create a box art that ended up having enormous usage across the globe.  Just about every console, handheld and home computer of the day had a version of Lemmings with Powell’s cover adorning it.

The very English character art would fit the game’s protagonists perfectly and would be the basis for all follow up games, and the lettering is arguably one the 90’s greats.

Legend of Zelda, The: Breath of the Wild | Nintendo | 2017 | EU ver. | by Takumi Wada | Nintendo Switch, Nintendo WII U.

Artist Wada-san would return to promotional and box art duties after leading them in the previous Zelda game Skyward Sword.  The art style here is seen as a continuation of Skyward Swords water-colour, pastel look, but Wada would drop the cel-shading in that game and use a more rough (‘wild’), painterly effect instead.

The motif for this box art and the JPN/ US version would be both the original Famicom cover and its depiction of the Hylian overworld - the game world Breath of the Wild’s (BOTW) is being compared to - and BOTW’s own vast lands.

The Link character’s pose from behind, again on both cover arts, is a first and deliberately shows of his unothodox weaponary and clothing.


Legend of Zelda, The: Link’s Awakening | Nintendo | 1993 | JPN ver. | by Yoichi Kotabe | Game Boy.

Link’s Awakening would be Kotabe’s second and final Zelda box art (his first being the Japanese cover for A Link to the Past).  His anime backgrond would really shine through in this cover and Link’s character design would help influence Yusuke Nakano’s later efforts in the N64 period.  

The Western release would follow GIRVIN’s gold background and Zelda logo format established by the NES games.

Legend of Zelda, The: The Wind Waker | Nintendo | 2002 | JPN ver. | by Yoshiyuki Oyama & Yoshiki Haruhana | GameCube.

The cover would introduce the then controversial ‘toon Link’ design.  Artist Oyama would take Yoshiki Haruhana’s orignal designs and add a ‘washi’ Japanese paper effect, giving the appearance of a moving Link.

The North American box art would play down the character art - a response perhaps to the fan backlash - going for the traditional gold cover look. Europe’s version would be the same as America’s but with more defined character art.

The Wii U HD version would base the Link character art on Nakano’s.


Laser Zone | Llamasoft | 1983 | by Peter Andrew Jones | Commodore 64, Dragon 32, VIC-20, ZX Spectrum.

Laser Zone is Peter’s earliest known cover and also an early example of a commissioned artwork - originally cover art for Isaac Asimov’s novel ‘Buy Jupiter’, 1978 - being reused as box art. Original artwork.


Loki: Heroes of Mythology | Crimson Cox GmbH | 2007 | by Lucio Parrillo | Windows.

Original character art painting.

    Index - 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

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

Last V8, The | M.A.D | 1985 | Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64.

The Last V-8 would be budget publisher Mastertronic’s first game under its new line M.A.D (Mastertronic’s Added Dimension).  

The comic book/ pop art style would dishtinguish itself from the sci-fi/ comedic art of Mastetronic’s £1.99 range’s (see Dark Star and Finders Keepers respectively), but would be shortlived with more realistic art styles being used by 1987.  

Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes, The | Electronic Arts | 1994 | by John Jinks | 3DO, MS-DOS.

John’s extraordinary style of art would be lavished upon Mindscapes first crack at a graphic adventure. The abstract artistry in the vain of early 20th century Cubism would fit with the game’s time period perfectly, but, in what could be argued a missed oportunity, was not adopted in-game where instead digital art and realism ruled.

The artist at the time of the commissioning was very much in demand with an international presence, and recalls being hired with a brief of little more than a written paragraph depicting a crime scene.

The box art was created using airbrushed acrylics and the title’s font keenly reminises the style used in the 1900’s to promote the chararter. John would go on to produce another Mindscape cover, The Real Deal (1995) - again in this unique style - before hanging up his box artist boots.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring | Hozer Video Games | 2002 | Atari 2600/ VCS.

This homebrew release would reuse Howe’s artwork titled The Bridge of Khazad-dum (1995. First published in the 1997 Tolkien calender).

“This painting has a lengthy genesis. I originally did a sketch of Glorfindel's final battle with the Balrog - bloated moon, flying cloud, icy mountain peak, the whole lot - but it was judged too harsh for a book cover and went quietly to sulk in a box in the attic for a few years.

In 1989 it surfaced again after a spring cleanup and Glorfindel became Gandalf and the bridge of Khazad-dum replaced the precipice. I made the error of masking the Gandalf silhouette before drawing it properly, and he spent the duration of the picture shuffling back and forth on the bridge with his staff and Glamdring stuck in one place until he finally found firm footing...” - via www.john-howe.com.


Lord Over | ASCII | 1984 | by Masashi Iwasaki | MSX.

Lord of Arcana | Square Enix | 2011 | by Hiroaki | Sony PSP.

Lords of Chaos | Blade Software | 1990 | by Steinar Lund | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.  

Lord of the Apocalypse | Square Enix | 2011 | by Tsubasa Masao | Sony PSP, Sony Vita.

Lorna | TopoSoft | 1990 | by Alfonzo Azpiri | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, MS-DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum.

Lone Ranger, The | Konami | 1991 | by Tom Dubois | NES.

Lord of Arcana | Square Enix | 2011 | by Hiroaki | Sony PSP.

Lemmings | Sun Corp | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | by Greg Wray | Genesis, Mega Drive. SNES.

Lemmings | Sega | 1994 | NA ver. | by Greg Wray | Game Gear.

Lemmings Chronicles, The | Psygnosis | 1994 | by Dave Pether | Amiga, MS-DOS.

Lenam - Sword of Legend | Hertz | 1989 | by Hitoshi Yoneda | MSX, X68000.

Les Manley in: Lost in LA | Accolade | 1991 | by Boris Vallejo | MS-DOS.

Lethal Enforcers | Konami | 1993 | EU/ NA ver. | by Tom Dubois | Genesis, Mega/ Sega CD, SNES.

Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters | Konami | 1994 | EU/ NA ver. | by Tom Dubois | Genesis, Mega/ Sega CD.

Lethal Xcess: Wings of Death II | Eclipse Software Design | 1991 | by Celal Kandemiroglu | Amiga, Atari ST.

Libble Rabble | Dempa Shinbunsha | 1993 | by Kōichi Tokita | FM Towns, X68000.

Libble Rabble | Namco | 1994 | by Kōichi Tokita | Super Famicom.

Liberty or Death | KOEI | 1993 | by Noriyoshi Ohrai | Genesis, MS-DOS, PC-98, SNES, Super Famicom.

Libros de Chilam Balam | Right Stuff Corp. | 1992 | by Jun Suemi | PC-98.

Lionheart | Thalion Software | 1992 | by Dieter Rottermund | Amiga.

Litil Divil | Gremlin Graphics | 1993 | by Alan Batson & Steven McKevitt | CD32, CD-i, MS-DOS.

Little Nemo: The Dream Master | Capcom | 1990 | EU/ NA ver. | by Greg Martin | NES.

Little Sampson | Taito | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | by Greg Winters | NES.

Live a Live | Square | 1994 | by Ryogi Minagawa | Super Famicom.

Loaded | Interplay | 1996 | EU ver. | by Jason Brashil | PlayStation, Saturn.

Loaded | Interplay | 1995 | NA ver. | by Jason Brashil | PlayStation, Saturn.

Lock n’ Chase | Sun Electronics Corp | 1990 | by Marc William Ericksen | Game Boy.

Leisure Suit Larry Greatest Hits and Misses | Sierra On-line | 1994 | by Steve Peringer | MS-DOS, Windows 3.x.

Legend of Zelda, The: The Wind Waker HD | Nintendo | 2013 | by Yoshiyuki Oyama & Yoshiki Haruhana | Nintendo Wii U.

Legend of Zelda, The: The Wind Waker HD (Limited Edition) | Nintendo | 2013 | by Yoshiyuki Oyama & Yoshiki Haruhana | Nintendo Wii U.

Legend of Zelda, The: Skyward Sword | Nintendo | 2011 | EU/ NA ver. | by Takumi Wada | Nintendo Wii U.

Legend of Zelda, The: Skyward Sword | Nintendo | 2011 | JPN ver. | by Takumi Wada | Nintendo Wii U.

Legend of Zelda, The: Spirit Tracks | Nintendo | 2009 | EU/ JPN ver. | by Naoya Hasegawa & Yuri Adachi | Nintendo DS.

Legend of Zelda, The: Spirit Tracks | Nintendo | 2009 | NA ver. | by Naoya Hasegawa & Yuri Adachi | Nintendo DS.

Legend of Zelda, The: Tri Force Heroes | Nintendo | 2015 | by Yusuke Nakano | 3DS.

Legend of Zelda, The: Twilight Princess | Nintendo | 2006 | EU/ NA ver. | by Yusuke Nakano | GameCube, Nintendo Wii.

Legend of Zelda, The: Twilight Princess | Nintendo | 2006 | JPN ver. | by Yusuke Nakano | GameCube, Nintendo Wii.

Legend of Zelda, The: Twilight Princess HD | Nintendo | 2016 | EU/ JPN ver. | by Yusuke Nakano | Nintendo Wii U.

Legend of Zelda, The: Twilight Princess HD | Nintendo | 2016 | NA ver. | by Yusuke Nakano | Nintendo Wii U.

Legendary Axe | Victor Musical Industries | 1988 | JPN ver. | by Masashi Iwasaki | PC Engine.

Legendary Axe II | Victor Musical Industries | 1990 | JPN ver. | by Masashi Iwasaki | PC Engine.

Legion | Telenet Japan Co. | 1990 | by Naoyuki Katoh | PC Engine.

Legend of Zelda, The: Link’s Awakening DX | Nintendo | 1998 | JPN ver. | by Yoichi Kotabe | Game Boy Color.

Legend of Zelda, The: Majora’s Mask | Nintendo | 2000 | JPN ver. | by Yusuke Nakano | Nintendo 64.

Legend of Zelda, The: Majora’s Mask 3D | Nintendo | 2015 | by Yusuke Nakano | 3DS.

Legend of Zelda, The: Majora’s Mask 3D (Special Edition) | Nintendo | 2015 | by Yusuke Nakano | 3DS.

Legend of Zelda, The: Ocarina of Time | Nintendo | 1998 | JPN ver. | by Yusuke Nakano | Nintendo 64.

Legend of Zelda, The: Phantom Hourglass | Nintendo | 2007 | EU/ JPN ver. | by Yusuke Nakano | Nintendo DS.

Legend of Zelda, The: Phantom Hourglass | Nintendo | 2007 | NA ver. | by Yusuke Nakano | Nintendo DS.

Legend of Zelda, The: The Minish Cap | Nintendo | 2004 | EU ver. | by SENSEI | Game Boy Advance.

Legend of Zelda, The: The Minish Cap | Nintendo | 2004 | JPN ver. | by SENSEI | Game Boy Advance.

Legend of Zelda, The: The Minish Cap | Nintendo | 2004 | NA ver. | by SENSEI | Game Boy Advance.

Legend of Zelda, The: The Oracle of Ages | Nintendo | 2001 | by Yusuke Nakano | Game Boy Color.

Legend of Zelda, The: The Oracle of Seasons | Nintendo | 2001 | by Yusuke Nakano | Game Boy Color.

Legend of Zelda, The: The Wind Waker | Nintendo | 2002 | EU/ NA ver. | by Yoshiyuki Oyama & Yoshiki Haruhana | GameCube.

Legend of Zelda, The: Breath of the Wild | Nintendo | 2017 | JPN/ NA ver. | by Takumi Wada | Nintendo Switch, Nintendo WII U.

Legend of Zelda, The: Link’s Awakening | Nintendo | 1993 | EU/ NA ver. | by GIRVIN | Game Boy.

Leander | Psygnosis | 1991 | by Tim White | Amiga, Atari ST.

Leavin’ Termanis | Thalion Software GmbH | 1990 | by Celal Kandemiroglu | Amiga, Atari ST.

Left Alive | Square Enix | 2019 | by Yoji Shinkawa | PS4, Windows.

Legend of Bishin, The | Magifact | 1993 | by Katsuya Terada | Super Famicom.

Legend of Faerghail | Rainbow Arts Software GmbH | 1990 | by Celal Kandemiroglu | Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS.

Legend of Kage, The | Taito | 1987 | NA ver. | by Ron Villani | NES.

Legend of Kyrandia, The | Virgin Games | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | by Roger Loveless | MS-DOS.

Legacy of the Ancients | EA | 1987 | by Dave McMacken | Apple II, Commodore 64, MS-DOS.

Legend of the Mystical Ninja, The | Konami | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | by Tom Dubois | SNES.

Legend of Zelda, The | Nintendo | 1986 | JPN ver. | by Minoru Maeda | Famicom, Nintendo Disk System.

Legend of Zelda, The | Nintendo | 1987 | EU/ NA ver. | by GIRVIN | NES.

Legend of Zelda II, The: The Adventure of Link | Nintendo | 1988 | EU/ NA ver. | by GIRVIN | NES.

Legend of Zelda, The: A Link Between Worlds | Nintendo | 2013 | by Yusuke Nakano | 3DS.

Legend of Zelda, The: A Link to the Past | Nintendo | 1992 | EU/ NA ver. | by GIRVIN | SNES.

Legend of Zelda, The: A Link to the Past | Nintendo | 1991 | JPN ver. | by Yoichi Kotabe | Super Famicom.

Last Blade, The | SNK Corp. | 1998 | by Shinkiro | Neo Geo AES.

Last blade, The | SNK Corp. | 1998 | by TONKO | Neo Geo CD.

Last blade, The | SNK Corp. | 1999 | by TONKO | PS1.

Last blade 2, The | SNK Corp. | 1999 | by TONKO | Neo Geo AES, Neo Geo CD.

Last blade 2, The | SNK Corp. | 2000 | by TONKO | Dreamcast.

Last blade 2 Final Edition, The | SNK Playmore | 2002 | by TONKO | Dreamcast.

Last blade: Beyond the Destiny, The | SNK Corp. | 2000 | by TONKO | Neo Geo Pocket.  

Last Duel | U.S Gold | 1989 | by Peter Andrew Jones | Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

Last Express, The | Broderbund Software| 1997 | by Kazuhiko Sano | Macintosh, MS-DOS, Windows.

Last Ninja, The | System 3 | 1987 | EU ver. | by Steinar Lund | CD32, Commodore 64.

Last of Us, The | Sony | 2013 | by Marek Okon | PS3.

Last Story, The | Nintendo | 2011 | JPN ver. | by Kimihiko Fujisaka | Nintendo WII.

Last Story, The | Nintendo | 2012 | EU/ NA ver. | by Kimihiko Fujisaka | Nintendo WII.


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Lost Horizon 2 | Deep Silver | 2015 | by Tom Thiel & Ricarda Thiel | Windows.

LucasArts Air Combat Classics | LucasArts | 1994 | by Marc William Ericksen | MS-DOS.

Lunar Jetman | Ultimate - Play the Game | 1983 | by Tim Stamper | ZX Spectrum.

Lunatic Dawn III | Artdink | 1994 | by Hitoshi Yoneda | FMT, PC-98.

Lure of the Temptress | Virgin Mastertronic | 1992 | by Dermot Power | Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS.