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Photograph - Cube Quest
  • Cube Quest
    Newell, Paul Allen, born 1927 - died 1992
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Cube Quest

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Newell, Paul Allen, born 1927 - died 1992 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photographic still of an animation on glossy paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case PAT, shelf 1

This picture is a still from an animation taken from the computer game "Cube Quest", designed and programmed by the artist Paul Allen Newell. "Cube Quest" was an arcade game released in 1983 by the company Simutrek Inc., where you had to maneuver a space ship through a series of corridors in the Cube.

Paul Allen Newell (b. 1927-1992) was a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence and developer of computer games and computer programs, like Logic Theorist in the 1950s and the problem-solving software system SOAR (State, Operator, and Result) in the 1980s. The program learned from experience as it was able to remember how it solved problems and how to make use of that knowledge in the subsequent problem-solving.

Physical description

This still from the video game "Cube Quest" shows a tunnel-like setting, where the walls are constructed through an assemblage of identical technical elements resembling gear-wheels. Colouring held in blue tones. In the right corner is an imprint. Print with white narrow border. Signed by the artist on the back.

Place of Origin

USA (made)


ca. 1984 (made)


Newell, Paul Allen, born 1927 - died 1992 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Photographic still of an animation on glossy paper

Marks and inscriptions

Logo and 'Simutrek'
'from "Cube Quest" / Paul Newell [signature]


Length: 25.7 cm, Width: 20.4 cm

Descriptive line

Photographic still from the video game 'Cube Quest', by Paul Allen Newell, ca.1984.

Production Note

Game 'Cube Quest' was released in 1984.





Subjects depicted



Prints; Photographs; Games


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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