The Mastertronic Image -
The development of Mastertronic cover artwork, and some further details about the commercial changes as we expanded into the USA, embarked on the Arcadia project and were finally taken over by Virgin Games, are set out in 7 pages
Much thought went into the look of Mastertronic - the yellow on black lettering, the "M" shape used both flat and at an angle, the complex artwork commissioned for many of the early covers - even the decorations of our main offices in Paul Street, London EC2 - were planned to give a consistent "cool" image. At one time we envisaged Mastersound as a record label, Mastervision as a video publisher and perhaps other variants. But the takeover by Virgin produced a major change as we tried to create a new look blending in with the old Virgin Games designs.
Here are scans of the whole of the second,
and final, issue, published in August 1986. Does anyone have the
first?? The chief interest is that it uses the character of Mistertronic,
also featured on four early games, Type-Rope, Hotch-Potch, Walk the
Plank and Make Music. All four covers are reproduced here.
Many thanks to Richard Burton for supplying Make Music.Click on the thumbnails to see the full picture - use your Browser's Back button to return