Cover art that over sold the experience

Barbarian/Death Sword (Commodore 64, Amiga etc, 1987)

Box art suggests: A Page 3 Girl (Maria Whittaker) in a teeny, tiny bikini, with macho muscles and weapons for the hero (played here by Wolf from Gladiator). All set in a backdrop apparently borrowed from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The reality: Hand-drawn sprites crudely representing both muscle-man and bikini girl. And yes, her bikini is tiny, but '20 pixels big' wasn't quite the kind of skimpy we had in mind. 

"Thanks, Big Boy," she says at the end. Er... no problem, love. Oh, by the way, have you got Maria's phone number?

Above: The promise of a poster was the clincher for many a red-blooded teenager. At least that one didn't disappoint

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  • aktirak - April 12, 2009 6:15 p.m.

    For all of us that remember that era will remember that movies and games had the same hand drawn art.Even movies had drowings in their covers that never appear in the movie for example Escape from NY,the cover present the head of Miss Liberty,if you see the movie the head of Miss Liberty does not appear in the movie. Remenber in the 80's the inosence of our minds was sufficient to recreate the cover while playn with old Atari graphics
  • slamansnikovski - February 28, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    lol, sorry for misspelling, dont see an edit feature.
  • frag - February 27, 2009 4:53 a.m.

    SaKoPeePee i have to disagre with you since a lot of box art at that time was from actual pixel of the game, like metroid on nes for exemple. kid icarus, mario!!! etc... Love the battle chest one. I can relate to that.
  • Jason.Darksavior - February 6, 2009 4:41 a.m.

    So many awesome covers, so little decent games.
  • SkullSplitter - February 5, 2009 7:19 p.m.

    Funny Article!
  • maximus13 - February 5, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    First ! good article agree with most
  • slamansnikovski - February 28, 2009 11:10 p.m.

    well actually that's not the king next to the queen on the zoomed'in picture, I believe it's a bishop. Interesting article, though I don't blame them for making a box art that will sold the game.
  • SaKoPeePee - February 8, 2009 2:08 a.m.

    This is stupid... why? because all the games are from a time when it wasnt even possible to produce a game to go with any of them covers. Should have been done with current games

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