The Classic Video Game Box Art Of The Late Bob Wakelin

Image: Bob Wakelin

They just don't make covers like they used to. Video games of the 80s and 90s were usually accompanied by hand-drawn and detail-rich box art and if it was a title published by Ocean or Imagine, chances are the artist was Robert Wakelin. Sadly, Wakelin passed away earlier this month, but a part of him will continue to live on through his amazing artwork.

Bob Wakelin enjoyed a brief stint in a "post-punk/new wave band" called Modern Eon before he started drawing covers for Ocean Software, according to a biography on retro-gaming wiki Exotica.

He'd go on to craft box art for a great many games, including the three pictured above (from left to right): Epic, Athena and Choplifter III.

If those somehow don't ring a bell, then how about New Zealand Story? Wakelin.

Operation Wolf? Wakelin too.

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Over his 11-year career, Wakelin was responsible for "almost a hundred pieces" of box art, despite having "no interest in video games".

Wakelin died on January 20, 2018 — he'll be greatly missed. To see more of his art, a nice collection including commentary from the man himself can be found on Exotica.

Legendary cover artist Bob Wakelin passes away [Eurogamer]


    R.I.P. Mr Wakelin. Your box art and video game adverts were the best of the 8-bit and 16-bit computer era. Classic Gold!

    Some great memories. Loved the maximalist style of those early ocean game boxes.
    Now we have “robot soldier standing with gun against brown dystopia”.

      Yayhzee does good job of making fun of modern game/Movie covers on his Judging by the cover series on YouTube. Good video game art is like big Pc game boxes, A thing no more.

    I had no idea one man was responsible for so much cover art I'd loved. What a legend.

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