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About BOX=ART

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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Z-Out | Rainbow Arts Software GmbH | 1990 | by Celal Kandemiroglu | Amiga, Atari ST.

Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure | Capcom | 2007 | EU/ NA ver. | by SENSEI | Nintendo Wii.

Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders | Lucasfilms Games | 1988 | EU/ NA ver. | by Steve Purcell | Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS.  

Zaxxon | Sega | 1984 | by Dan Quarnstrom | NA ver. | Atari 5200.

Zaxxan | Stazone Software | 1983 | EU ver. | by Oliver Frey | ZX Spectrum.

ZEN: Intergalatic Ninja | Konami | 1993 | by Jim Fletcher | NES.

ZEN: Intergalatic Ninja | Konami | 1993 | by Jim Fletcher  | Game Boy.

Zero Gravity | EAS Software | 1988 | by Celal Kandemiroglu | Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64.

Ziggurat | Screenplay | 1982 | by Michael O. Haire | Apple II, Atari 400/800.

Zill O’ll | Koei Co. | 1999 | by Jun Suemi | PS1.

Zombie Zombie | Quicksilva | 1984 | by David John Rowe | ZX Spectrum.

Zone of the Enders HD Edition | Konami | 2012 | JPN ver. | by Yoji Shinkawa | PS3, Xbox 360.

Zone of the Enders HD Edition: Premium Package | Konami | 2012 | by Yoji Shinkawa | PS3, Xbox 360.

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd  Runner | Konami | 2003 | by Tsubasa Masao & Nobuyoshi Nishimura | PS2.

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner – MARS | Konami | 2018 | by Yoji Shinkawa | PS4, Windows.

Zoo Tycoon | Microsoft | 2001 | by Mick McGinty | Macintosh, Windows.

Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species | Microsoft | 2005 | by Mick McGinty | Windows.

Zoo Tycoon 2: Ultimate Collection | Microsoft | 2008 | by Mick McGinty | Windows.




























Zool: Ninja of the “Nth” Dimention | Gremlin Graphics | 1992 | Amiga, MS DOS.

>As with many gaming characters designed from the 8-bit generation to the 16-bit generation (1983-1996) they were first imagined as an in-game sprite, taking into account the host machines sprite size and colour pallette limitations (in Zool’s case a sprite size of 48x48 pixels and 16 colours). Once determined what would be possible a more detailed character art could then be designed.  

Zool’s character art would be deliberately simple so easy to animate, with designer Adrian Carless visulising a bodyshape of two basic geometrical spheroids with a few sticks - much like Hudson’s Bomberman character. But it was Zool’s large eyes that set the ninja-alien apart from his comtemporaries. They were overly large so the player could see his determined look. Zool’s colouring was also deliberate. Black - like a ninja; green - like an alien and so at speed the character didn’t turn into a black mass; red to help track his limbs and yellow so his eyes were the standout feature.

The final designs were then turned over to artist Alan Batson who would be responsible for the games promotional art. The Amiga version of  Zool is the original cover with the majority of ports receiving a alternative box art.



Zool: Ninja of the “Nth” Dimention | Gremlin Graphics | 1993 | by Alan Batson | CD32.

Zool: Ninja of the “Nth” Dimention | Gremlin Graphics | 1993 | by Alan Batson | Game Boy.

Zool 2 | Gremlin Graphics | 1993 | by Alan Batson | Amiga, CD32, Jaguar, MS-DOS.

ZX Compendium | Carnell Software | 1983 | by Emmanuel | ZX81.

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