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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 from a variety of angles 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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Box art by Karen Gerving

North American artwork, first published by Automated Simulations, Inc in 1979.

Designed for the North American market. TRS-80 version pictured.

Also available on: Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS.

The dawn of America’s home computer scene was popularised by the role playing genre (RPG), and Automated Simulations’ (later Epyx) Dunjonquest series would be its spearhead.

The debut game in the series, Temple of Apshai would adopt a unique stencil art style that would go on to brand its many offshoots and sequels.   The term box art is slightly out of place here due to the original 1979 release being shipped within a clear plastic bag, complete with printed manual and disks (as was commonplace for late 70’s home computer games).   All post-1980 ports of the game would include boxes, and in the case of the CBS Electronics versions, a different cover art.

Compared to other home computer box arts from 1979, that in general were rather crude and simplistic, Temple of Apshai had more in common with the quality of art established by the 1970’s console scene (in comparison though its lack of box would exemplify the infancy of the 1979 home computer scene).  This quality undoubtedly contributed to the games huge success with a massive 30,000-40,000 units sold (!)

The 1985 remake, Temple of Apshai Trilogy would do away with the originals abstract style and instead adopt the fast becoming fashionable, high fantasy look.

Special mention is deserved for artist Karen Gerving who would be one of the earliest female box artists in the industry.

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 >Dunjonquest: Temple of Apshai

Other notable Karen Gerving box arts.


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>Baseball! (NA) Odyssey2.

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Posted - 27/6/15 by Adam Gidney

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