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 >Mission Asteroid

Box art by Don Dixon

North American artwork, first published by Sierra On-Line in 1980.

Designed for the European and North American markets. Apple II version pictured.

Also available on: Commodore 64.


The lunar astronaut, alone, stares at the gamer, and us back at him at the dawn of adventure gaming.


Mission Asteroid would numerically start Sierra On-Line’s Hi-Res Adventure series offered as the introductory game #0.  Its box art by space artist Don Dixon would perfectly fit the gravity and loneliness of the game’s mission, and is a standout example of an established artist’s work being used as cover art in early home computing.  Commissioned by Sierra, the artist has said the artwork was a quick job taking him a day to complete.


Created using oil paints, as much of Don’s early work was, its quality would stand tall above the other Hi-Res Adventure box arts, with no small part to the artist’s exceptional detail for lunar geography.


At present, Mission Asteroid appears to be Don’s only cover art to date and if so an epically cosmic example at that.



Other notable Don Dixon box arts

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If you like Mission Asteroid you’ll love…

1980

>Space Battle (NA) Intellivision.

1983

>Moon Sweeper (EU/ NA) Atari VCS.


Sources and further reading:

>http://www.cosmographica.com/spaceart/


>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Dixon_(artist)



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>Menace (EU/ NA) Atari ST.

Posted - 12/8/14, by Adam Gidney

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