This is the first in a long series of posts dedicated to the Epyx earliest artwork and manuals. I always found very fascinating the artistic choices made for all their Automated Simulations Series published from the 1979.
The duo tone colour spectrum was very common for most of all the Epyx artworks and even now they still look very archaic and evocative. Considering that almost all CPRGs from the late seventies and early eighties were monochromatic, bidimensional and quite basic, the artwork side and all the literature around were fundamental to create a credible suggestion.
We all literally started to play from the cover and Hellfire is a very "bright" example of what Epyx was capable to hallucinate.
|Hellfire Warrior, Cover Manual, 1980|
Source: Museum of Computer Games History