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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.

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Laser Zone by Peter Andrew Jones.

English artwork. Published by Llamasoft in 1983 for the European market.

C64 ver. pictured. Also available on: VIC-20.  

Last Story, The (ラストストーリ) by Kimihiko Fujisaka.

Japanese artwork. Published by Nintendo in 2011 for the Japanese Wii market.

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>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.

Lemmings by Adrian Powell.

English artwork. Published globally by Psygnosis in 1991.

Game Boy ver. pictured. Also available on: Acorn, Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, CD-I, CD-TV, C64, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Mega Drive, Lynx, NES, Master System, PC-98, Sam Coupe, Super Famicom, Turbo Grafx, ZX Spectrum.  

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Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes, The by John Jinks.

North American artwork. Published by Electronic Arts in 1994 for the European and North American markets.  

DOS ver. pictured.  Also availble on: 3DO.

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>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.


Louis Hsu Saekow.  North American box artist.

Computer Bismarck | SSI | 1980.

Last Ninja, The by Steinar Lund.

Nowegian/ English artwork. Published by System 3 Software in 1987 for the European C64 market.

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