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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.

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>Outer World (Another World/ Out of this World)

Box art by Eric Chadhi

French artwork, first published by U.S Gold in 1990.

Designed for the European and Japanese markets. Super Famicom version pictured.

Also available on: Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Mega Drive.

A seminal box art to compliment a seminal game.

Originally released on the Amiga and Atari ST under the title Another World, the cover art depicts an early scene from the game. Protagonist Lester has by now conducted his experiment foul-up and materialised into the ‘other world’. Beautifully created, the moody desolation captures the in-game perfectly, with an optimistic Lester arms a stretch and embracing his unknown 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 asserted that being the first connection players had with the game the cover art needed to be an extension of it.

With a care and sensitivity that was making European box artists of that period famous, Outer World started life on Amiga’s 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 artwork with fine acrylic.

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

Its detail and hig h level of artistry made Outer World a box art classic then as it is today, and would be Eric’s magnum opus.   


Other notable Eric Chadhi box arts.


>Future Wars (EU) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS

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>Brataccas (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST, Macintosh.

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>Supremacy (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES.

Posted - 02/7/16, by Adam Gidney

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