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Cover Art – 2011 (Part One)

Posted in Visual Candy in IF on August 16th, 2011 by leandro ribeiro – 11 Comments

So, we’re kind of halfway into the year, IntroComp is over and IF Comp is right around the corner. A great moment to browse IFDB and choose my 2011 (Part One) favorite covers for IF games. Also, since trying to save Hooks from being a complete mess upon release is becoming tiresome, this counts as a contextualized break (yes, I know I would be better off playing Apocolocyntosis, but I’m feeling remarkably chaste at the moment)

Top of the Pops



Indigo by Emily Short

Not everything simple makes good design, but Indigo pulls off a charming and simple square. That watery reflexion pushes the whole a notch to the cheesy side, but everything else works quite well.





New Cat by Poster

(And this time I even know the author’s name is just Poster! See? I do learn!)

I like (almost) everything about this one: from the simple sketch, to the tone, to the texture, to the lettering. The (almost) part: I wish it was a notch lighter, but that’s just plain nitpicking.


Almost There



Bonehead by Sean M. Shore

As with Alabaz, seeing this one in full size ruins it all. My problem is the title: the color is on the mark, the font is great, but I wish Sean had done something to smooth it with the photo, so that everything looks part of the same piece of paper. As it stands, it screams “I just threw a computer generated rectangle at an old photo!” in a way it’s impossible to ignore.



Love, Hate and the Mysterious Ocean Tower by C.E.J. Pacian

The same as with Bonehead.






Chunky Blues by Scott Hammack and Jessamin Yu

I think good things could be achieved with this image (which is really nice) and the vertical column concept, but at the end of the look it just feels clumsy. The title positioning works well to balance the column, but the font and that kind of “not that centered” formating ruins everything else.

(Oddly or not, this is the only IntroComp entry I’ve found in IFDB)

The Lost Islands of Alabaz by Michael Gentry

The idea of creating an old scrool-like cover only works at a distance. Enbigenning the square to its full size reveals a lot of crude work, namely in the frame, and all the elegance it promises falls a bit short.





Safe by Benjamin Wochinski

The original image has potential, but the lettering and its placement feels all wrong. The blurred side guides us to the sharp side, but once there only nothing awaits. Pity.





Something For The Road



Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis by One of the Bruces and Drunken Bastard

Is this Pompeii erotic piece well chosen? Yes it is, but when I do this thing of yelling “Yay! Cute covers!”, I do it not only to inform the Universe of my tastes, but to promote the interest in creating more of these things. Apocolocyntosis cover doesn’t create anything: it just chooses.



Finally, the ‘Please Don’t’ Awards