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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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William Tang.  English box artist.

Horace Goes Skiing | Sinclair Research Ltd | 1982.

WipEout by The Designers Republic.

Englished artwork. Published by Psygnosis globally in 1995.  

Saturn ver. pictured. Also available on: PS1 and Windows.

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>WipEout would be the first game in an iconic and successful series, mixing next generation graphics, a licensed soundtrack and great box art design.

Launching alongside the PlayStation in Europe, it would be a crucial title in attracting the previously untapped “twenty something” market and help cement the PlayStation as the console of choice for two generations.

The box art was created by graphic design team The Designers Republic (TDR), who found initial success in the late eighties for its record cover-art in the UK. TDR brought its trademark style of minimal but bold use of colour and texture to WipEout’s box art. The use of blueprint schematics, futuristic symbology and katakana would brilliantly give the cover art, and the game, its true identity.

TDR would go on and produce the box arts for the following two sequels in the PlayStation series until Sony’s takeover of developer Psygnosis in 2001. Wipeout Fusion and all following sequels would take influence from TDR’s original box art, but all arguably lack the cool neon Tokyo feel the debut captured so well.

Wasteland by Barry E. Jackson.

North American artwork. Published by Electronic Arts in 1988 for the European and North American markets.  

Apple II ver. pictured.  Also availble on: C64, DOS, Linux, Windows.

>Alone, confronted and in danger… Barry E. Jackson’s Wasteland would synthesize a classic apocalypse evoking human trepidation and conflict.  

The post apocalyptic setting would be fresh in 1988 and Jackson’s box art would stunningly evoke the intensity of nature’s sun scorching man’s crumbled cityscape. The title strikingly crafted out of the original art work confronts the viewer with the bluntness of its meaning helping to set the game’s tone further.

With a direct and long over due sequel available, artist Andree Wallin has bravely and successfully paid homage to Jackson’s original in Wasteland 2.

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Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger by Sam Yeates.

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

3DO ver. pictured. Also available on: DOS, Mac, PS1, Windows.  

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Wallaby!! Usagi Kuni no Kangaroo Race by Hideaki Ishii.

Japanese artwork. Published by Masaya in 1990 for the Japanese PC Engine market.

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Wachenroder (バッケンローダー) by Range Murata.

Japanese artwork. Published by sega in 1998 for the Japanese Saturn market.

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Wip3out by The Designers Republic.

English artwork. Published by Psygnosis in 1999 for the European and North American PS1 markets.

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Wizball by Bob Wakelin.

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

Amiga ver. pictured. Also available on: Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, C64, DOS, ZX Spectrum.

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Wolfenstein 3D by Julie Bell.

North American artwork. Published by id Software in 1993 for the European and North American markets.

Jaguar ver. pictured. Also available on: Game Boy Advance, DOS, Windows.  

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>This cover would start a long career the artist has had within Lewis Carol’s universe.  

Dermot has commented that the original pencil drawing is better than the finished painting, and that Wonderland is the only box art he has personally retained.

Wonderland by Dermot Power.

English artwork. Published by Virgin Mastertronic in 1991 for the European and North American markets.

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

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>Debut cover art for the series. Designed on a primed illustartion board and with acrylics.

>Pictures from the top - Original box art and original artwork.

Worms by Kevin Jenkins.

English artwork. Published by Ocean Software globally in 1995.

CD32 ver. pictured. Also available on: Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, Jaguar, Mac, Mega Drive, PS1, Saturn, SNES.  

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Wings of Death by Celal Kandemiroglu.

Turkish artwork. Published by Thalion Software in 1990 for the European market.

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

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