Masters of the Universe - The Movie

Masters of the Universe - The Movie Box Art

My Role

Atari ST

My first full time job in the industry was helping out with the graphics for Gremlin's Masters of the Universe - The Movie. The job was originally going to be freelance work but having shown the guys at Gremlin my 'portfolio' I was offered a full-time job with them. And so my career in the Games Industry proper began.

Masters of the Universe - The Movie screenshot: City Streets

An 80's cinematic landmark realised in interactive form...

Masters of the Universe had been in development for some months when I came on board so my job was to join in and produce backgrounds and some sprites for the Atari ST version. Based upon the movie with Dolph Lundgren in the role of He-Man, the game comprised a number of different mini-games that were connected together by a scrolling shoot 'em up section that saw the player running around the streets of 1987 America blasting the evil Skeletor's henchmen. As He-Man made his way around the streets, his friends contacted him and ordered them to go to various locations to engage in the mini-games.

Masters of the Universe Title Screen

The hand-built title screen

These were an Operation Wolf-style shoot out outside an electrical store, a beat 'em up against 'Blade' and 'Beast Man' and a vertically scrolling shooter with He-Man on board a flying disk blasting yet more of Skeletor's minions. With all eight 'Chords' collected the player activated the 'Cosmic Key' and returned to He-Man's home planet of Eternia for one final beat 'em up against Skeletor himself.

(Bit of ridiculous trivia - in the days before affordable flatbed scanners, the title screen graphics were created by overlaying a piece of tracing paper with a grid on it over a copy of the movie poster and by hand laying down the image a pixel at a took me two solid days, but it seemed to work! )

Additional Credits

Andy Green Programming
Rob Toone Design
Terry Lloyd Beat 'em Up Mini-game Sprite Graphics

Further Information

More information on the various formats of the game can be found on Moby Games' Masters of the Universe: The Movie page.


Simon Phipps

My name is Simon Phipps. I'm a UK-based artist, designer, programmer and web designer and I've been making videogames professionally since 1984.
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