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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.

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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.


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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Louis Hsu Saekow.  North American box artist.

Computer Bismarck | SSI | 1980.

Lucio Parrillo.  Italian box artist in 2007.

Loki: Heroes of Mythology | Crimson Cox GmbH | 2007.  

Loki: Heroes of Mythology by Lucio Parrillo.

Italian artwork. Published by Crimson Cow GmbH in 1994 for the European Windows markets.  

>Pictures from top - Original box art and original character art painting.

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Larry Elmore.  North American box artist from 1982-2000.

Bad Blood | Origin Systems | 1990.

Blood and Magic | Interplay | 1996.

Drachen von Laas | Attic Entertainment Software GmbH | 1991.

Dungeon Hack | Strategic Simulations Inc. | 1993.

Dusk of the Gods | Interstel Corp. | 1990.

Might and Magic VI | The 3DO Company | 1998.

Might and Magic VIII | The 3DO Company | 2000.

Knight and Merchants: The Shattered Kingdom | TopWare Interactive | 1998.

Secret of the Silver Blades | Strategic Simulations Inc. | 1990.

Shadow Sorcerer | Strategic Simulations Inc. | 1991.

Theseus and the Minotaur | TSR Hobbies | 1982.

London Blitz by Jim Talbot.

North American artwork. Published by The Avalon Game Company in 1983 for the North American markets.

Atari 2600 ver. pictured. Also available on: C64.  

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Live a Live (ライブ・ア・ライブ) by Ryogi Minagawa.

Japanese artwork. Published by Squresoft in 1994 for the Japanese Super Famicom market.

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Legend of Zelda, The: The Twilight Princess (ゼルダの伝説 トワイライトプリンセス) by Yusuke Nakano.

Japanese artwork. First published by Nintendo globally in 2006.

Wii ver. pictured. Also available on: Game Cube, Wii U.  

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