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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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Obliterator by Roger Dean.

English artwork. Published by Psygnosis in 1988 for the European and North American markets.

Atari ST ver. pictured. Also available on: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, DOS, ZX Spectrum.  

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Omnicron Conspiracy by Peter Andrew Jones.

English artwork. Published by Star Software in 1990 for the European and North American markets.

Atari ST ver. pictured. Also available on: Amiga, DOS.  

Olly Moss.  English box artist.

Resistance 3.

Published by Sony Computer Entertainment globally in 2011 for the PS3 market.  

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>Resistance 3’s cover art would see the talented Olly Moss reinvent the series art direction with a simple and provocative take on the post-apocalyptic genre.  It’s style, in the vain of Saul Bass’ iconic poster work, would initially polarise fans used to the rendered hero and bleak stylisation both prequel box arts depicted, but with time it has grown to become a much loved modern cover.   

It’s colouring would make it further standout amidst and grey and brown hues so popular with post millennium box arts, and it’s stylish art direction would be daring for a clichéd industry.  

The alternative cover art (shown) would be the definitive version, the standard cover missing Joseph, and would bring home the gravity of the Chimera’s occupation and the loneliness of our hero’s mission.  In turn it would emotionally invoke Barry E. Jackson’s excellent Wasteland cover art, combined with tones of The Designers Republic’s work for the WipEout series.

Touted at the time as one of the best box arts of year, it has retrospectively become a claim that still holds true.


Outer World (Another World, Out of This World) by Eric Chadhi.

French artwork. Published by U.S Gold globally in 1991.  

Super Famicom ver. pictured.  Also availble on: 3DO, Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, Jaguar, Mega Drive, Windows.  

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>Outer World was released in 1990 for the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST under the title Another World and garnered rave reviews.

The cover art depicts an early scene from the game. Protagonist Lester has conducted his experiment foul up and has been transported into the other world. Beautifully created, the moody desolation captures the game perfectly, with an optimistic Lester arms a stretch and embracing destiny (little did he know the trouble to come).

With a fascination in fantasy painting, box art duties would naturally fall on designer Eric Chadhi.  He would have the attitude that being the first connection players had with the game; cover art needed to be an extension of it.

Outer World started life on Amiga paint software; Deluxe Paint, where Eric did composition research.  He followed with various colour studies on paper and then using a monochrome bitmap on the Amiga finished the piece with fine acrylic.

Of interest, the final box art doesn’t share the same blue coloured sky that the game has.  This was left deliberately after Eric believed the darker hues fitted the game emotionally.

It’s detail and high level of artistry made Outer World a box art classic then as is today and would be Eric’s magnum opus.