Bob Wakelin worked as an artist on a whole range of micro computer game inlays during the 80s and 90s, particularly designing cover artwork for Ocean.
ABOVE: Bob - the man responsible for so many of our memories of these action-packed video games, sadly passed away last month.
In honour of this legendary man's work, do have a little look back down the artist's memory lane and I bet you spot one or two faves of yours here! I've already spotted Thark's like 'The Great Escape' which some of you might remember, Thark had converted to provide the cassette art for the 800XL homebrew release.
ABOVE: Great memories, of a great man who gave so much to our hobby - why not stick one of 'his' games on this week to remember him by and of course, relive the good times once more..?
Unfortunately, being basically an Atari only guy, and living on the wrong side of the pond for all those great cassette games (assuming at least some were released for the A8), I can honestly say that not a single one evoked any memories. Great artwork, but unfortunately Bob wasn't a part of my life at all, no nostalgia, no memories of studying the art while awaiting the tape to load. So the "everyone" in the title, isn't everyone, but I'm nobody anyway, so what's the diff?
And I have nothing that Bob worked on to stick in the old Atari for tribute, but since I never knew, tribute to him is empty from me anyway.
Ah, that's a shame, Baker, but as you say, Ocean were very much 'this side of the pond'.
For me, there are a number of Oric, Spectrum and BBC titles which evoke strong memories:
eg. Daley Thompson's Decathlon - just about everybody in the UK owned that one or knew someone who did; Island of Death, Hunchback and Mr Wimpy for the Oric and Spectrum and there were a couple of BBC releases such as Hunchback and Match Day.
The games were generally of good to very good quality but there is no doubt that the game cover art helped shift 1000s of units as your imagination filled in the blanks as to how the game might well be realised once loaded up on your 'puter.
It's a shame none appeared under licence over there with you guys (or were exported to the States) as there were some crackers - but here's the rub: none were released for the Atari - I thought I could recall Green Beret and Arkanoid having come out under the Ocean label but I've just looked em up and they were produced by Imagine... so that's just about it although a few Atari ST Ocean titles made it to release, eg. Bubble Bobble, New Zealand Story, Chase HQ, Batman, After Burner etc.
ABOVE: Atari ST Batman with some great cover art reminiscent of the Scott Adams / Marvel Comics style which we were discussing a short while ago.