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 >Gods

Box art by Simon Bisley

English artwork, first published by Mindscape in 1991.

Designed for the European and Japanese markets. Sega Mega Drive version pictured.

Also available on: Amiga, Atari ST.


Imposing wouldn’t be a too far fetched way to describe this excellent box art.


Strikingly thematic as if resembling some well-preserved Grecian plaque, Gods’ boldness, detail and palette fitted the in-game’s artistic direction perfectly.  But it was the cover art’s portrayal of strength that worked so brilliantly, with the hulking protagonist, weighty, brutal and iron clad, dealing death so effortlessly.  


Gods’ art style would standout from realism found in so many fantasy box arts in the early 90’s. Artist Simon Bisley would instead draw upon the stylised look of his comic book work, with Gods resembling his artistry found in 2000 AD and depiction of warrior king Slaine - a character not far removed from the games protagonist.  


With Simons preferred medium being acrylic, chances are Gods was created using it along with anything from coloured pencils, to oils, to car spray paint.


The cover art would be released on all European and Japanese versions of the game.  The American equivalent would be painted by another artist and ended up a far weaker effort.




Gods

Other notable Simon Bisley box arts

1993

>The Terminator: Rampage (EU/ NA) DOS.

1995

>Weaponlord (EU/ NA) Genesis/ Mega Drive, SNES.







1997

>Judge Dredd (EU) PlayStation.







If you like Gods you’ll love…

1987

>Barbarian (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST.

1991

>Onslaught (NA) Genesis.



Sources and further reading:

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

>http://www.lw-concepts.com/lw/?p=4724










Related BOX=ART pages.



1993

>Run Saber (EU/ NA) SNES.

1996

>Golden Axe: The Duel (NA) Saturn.


Updated - 8/12/14, by Adam Gidney

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