Championship Hockey Spider-Man Vs. The Kingpin Trivial Pursuit: Genus Edition Krusty's Fun House Mickey's Ultimate Challenge Mortal Kombat F1 TransBot Virtua Fighter Animation Fantasy Zone Populous Jurassic Park Sensible Soccer Sega World Tournament Golf Time Soldiers Aztec Adventure Alex Kidd: High-Tech World Bomber Raid Power Strike US Ghost House Desert Speedtrap
Populous - Evokes the strange wonder of the game's world in great detail, while at the same time being a reasonably accurate interpretation of what the game actually looks like.
Time Soldiers - Another masterful effort from one of my favorite SMS cover illustrators. The composition is well-balanced while still asymmetrical... the perspective has an appealing, exciting wide-angle 'lens' effect... the colors are eye-poppingly intense, and as is always the case with this illustrator, there is so much fine detail in the color that it's really worthwhile to pick up the box and look closely at it.
Power Strike - This 'special edition' U.S. release was printed in monochrome, but the linework of the illustration is so energetic and textural that it is still a fun illustration to spend some time exploring. Like I mentioned before in another thread, there's a color version of this image that was featured in the ads for the game in the U.S. Team Sega Newsletter that's worth tracking down to take a look at, too.
Honorable mentions: Ghost House - understated, mysterious, classy... it doesn't stand a chance in this tournament. Bomber Raid - stark nihilism, an endless stream of bombs raining down into a landscape that has completely dissolved into blood and fire... who's the target? Who knows?! Just following orders! Sega World Tournament Golf - We've got another golf game that needs a cover - grandma's pretty handy with those pastels, let's give her a shot. Fantasy Zone - incomprehensible, impenetrable, unmistakably Master System. Virtua Fighter Animation - pretty cool to see the VF crew drawn in an American superhero style.
My choices here were Time Soldiers, Power Strike and Desert Speedtrap.
Time Soldiers is full of colour and action and I love those massive RPG's they are using. Yet another game I need to give some time to.
Power Strike doesnt need any colour, it has a great sense of action and I really love the sketch book style.
Desert Speedtrap has most of the iconic Roadrunner cartoon props captured in this cover - Bird seed, target, rocket, signs, road runner looking smug and wile e coyote with that look of 'oh sh1t not again'.
Populous and Bomber Raid were my runners up.
I have actually always been quite fond of Transbot.. It blew my mind a bit when I saw the Nuclear Creature cover for the first time, almost like the first time you see... Well we won't go there
Post by playgeneration on Dec 24, 2015 14:31:56 GMT
Mortal Kombat - Its very simple and not unique to the sms, but the lack of grid pattern and dark colours really made it stand out at the time of release and suits the game well. Time Soldiers - Dinosaur and a tank, brilliant! Desert Speedtrap - Tells you everything you need to know and looks great too.
Populous - You have the world in your hand is the vibe the cover gives to me. Really nice Time Soldiers - Tanks and Dinosaurs and guns and faeces, it's nearly as awesome as Kung Fury Power Strike US - Totally Blue but totally awesome i think, it's nicely drawn with an "in your face"-action