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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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Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar by Denis R. Loubet.

North American artwork. First published by Origin Systems in 1985 and for the global market.

C64 ver. pictured. Also available on: Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, DOS, Mac, MSX, Master System, PC-88, PC-98, X68000.  

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Underwurlde by Tim Stamper.

English artwork. Published by Ultimate Play the Game in 1984 for the European market.  

ZX Spectrum ver. pictured. Also available on: C64.

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>After a handfull of functional but unimaginetive cover arts throughout Ultimate’s first year (1983), the venerable Saber Wulf at the the beginning of 1984 introduced a provocative and head turning style of art that sequel Underwurlde would also adopted.

The change in art direction coincided with the compaines new increased price point that was physically justified by both the ‘big box’ the cassettes now came in, and the detailed instruction manual.  

This overal packaging effort was designed to discourage kids from pirating their copy, and for it’s time was an unusual business move that actually worked.

The artwork was also used to promote Underwurlde in trade mags.

Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins (極魔界村) by Shinkiro.

Japanese artwork. Published by Capcom globally in 2006 for the PSP market.  

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>This would be artist Shinkiro’s second attempt at the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series artist after the Game Boy Advance game: Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts.

All though all three regions use the same artwork both Europe and North America accentuate Aurther by either enlarging the character art or dulling the background.

The character-heavy montage used here could be argued a homage to the style seen in the original 1985 arcade artwork and was created using computer art.


Ultimate Doom, The: Thy Flesh Consumed by Gregor Punchatz.

North American artwork. First published by id Software in 1995 for the European DOS market.

DOS ver. pictured. Also available on Windows (1996).

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>Credited as Don Ivan Punchatz, the artwork looks to be a photo of what is more probably one of Gregor Punchatz’s original clay/ latex models.  These models were photgraphed and digitally reworked to create the in-game demons.

Don Ivan Punchatz’s logo is again reused.


UFO: Enemy Unknown.

Published by Microprose in 1994 for the European market.

CD32 ver. pictured. Also available on: Amiga, DOS.  

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