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The worst box art of 2007

Designing a box for a game is tough. With one image, you need to stand out on the shelf, catch the eye of the casual consumer and convince them that your game is worth their money. Some games get it wrong; others get it so wrong that potential customers actually recoil in horror. We've all seen terrible old atrocities like Mega Man and Alex Kidd in Miracle World, but don't think for a second that awful cover art is a thing of the past, left behind by a more sophisticated games industry. To prove it, we've pulled together the 15 worst examples from this year alone for you to gawk at. 

Please bear in mind we're not passing judgment over the games themselves - just the boxes that hold them.

15. Fairy Godmother Tycoon (PC, released April 30)

Compositionally, there's nothing wrong with this Shrek 2-inspired box and its frog-lipped, cake-haired, cow-eyed matron - apart from the fact that it exists.

14. Etrian Odyssey (DS, released May 15)

Shh! These characters were posing, but then a loud noise startled them into hiding on the far side of the cover. Maybe if we're real quiet, they'll slowly creep back and help us figure out how to read their logo.

13. Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek (PC, released June 7)

Also known as "Nancy Drew: The Painting on the Side of the Van Owned by the Middle-Aged Man Who Wears a Turquoise Belt Buckle and Collects Dreamcatchers."

12. Petz: Catz 2 (PC/PS2/Wii/DS, released Nov. 15)

"O HAI U CATCHED US SECKSING LOL."

We honestly don't know what's worse - the fact that these kittens are clearly getting it on, or the way they're making eye contact with us the entire time.

11. Touch Detective 2 ½ (DS, released Oct. 9)

Um...

What.

26 comments

  • AntistasMetroid - April 7, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    Im a few years too late but damn it all if Wikiparaz doesnt make me laugh out loud more often than i thought possible! That obvious penis hidden and the escalating zoom as i scrolled down the page... Classic!
  • thefreakysurgeon - December 16, 2010 3:04 a.m.

    EEEEKK! A PENIS! IN TOUCH DETECTIVE!
  • waffledragon33 - September 12, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    lol
  • BobskillzDETH13 - October 27, 2009 1:15 a.m.

    Art intern: Is this stupid robot seriously the only piece of art they sent us? Art director: Well, no. They also sent us a render of a huge, throbbing penis. But putting that on the cover translates to poor sales in certain parts of the country. Art intern: So what do you want me to do with it? Art director: Just put a big lens flare on it somewhere and let's call it a day. Art intern: Are you sure? I could do, like, a stylized outline, or… Art director: You think you're too good for lens flare, you little son of a bitch? Art intern: Wha- Art director: (Punching noises) I was laughing so freakin hard i almost pissed myself
  • BobskillzDETH13 - October 27, 2009 1:12 a.m.

    worse! its a p**is with a face ROFLMAO :D Kinky kitties
  • gangjute8 - September 27, 2009 7:13 a.m.

    Wow. This still remains one of my favorite articles on the website. Sad thing is, that's exactly how I looked at the Orange Box until about 6 months ago.
  • Tentacles - December 4, 2008 8:40 a.m.

    Hey, Etrian Odyssey is still awesome, even if the box art fails. After all, F.O.E!
  • Cogglesz - October 12, 2008 8:42 p.m.

    pretty funny how all of them except the pc games are all nintendo products
  • JosephCh - September 30, 2008 9:04 p.m.

    Lawl you guys crack me up.
  • Evenflow69 - September 30, 2008 1:54 a.m.

    The touch detective on made me laugh so hard!!! FIRST!
  • lava_lamp - September 30, 2008 10:01 p.m.

    you know that brown thing from touch detective is tapping that
  • tacolord - September 30, 2008 7:03 p.m.

    omg!!!!! its a completely normal mushroom that looks like a p***s!!!! i need to get out more......
  • MacGyver1138 - September 30, 2008 6:47 p.m.

    I have to stop looking at these articles at work. I just had to fake that my laughter was a cough when I saw the touch detective one!
  • sniperscope - September 30, 2008 6:34 a.m.

    touch detective is hilarious! The kittens are great too
  • ArcturusMengsk - July 4, 2009 2:59 a.m.

    Does that mushroom have a tooth? What the hell does a mushroom need a tooth for? It probably doesn't even talk.
  • chilarome - May 25, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    wow pet catz... thats just creepy, as is the touch detective
  • Evernight - May 11, 2009 7:54 p.m.

    OMG I was literally crying when I saw the touch detective thing. Perfect... no need for words... just zoom in on the offender.
  • Ezekiel17 - May 9, 2009 1:47 a.m.

    "O HAI U CATCHED US SECKSING LOL." Lmao! The Catz 2 one made me laugh the most. ReCaptcha: Nrthrn highs (Lol, yeah, I know alot of people from the north west that got high)
  • Evolution - January 3, 2009 2:29 a.m.

    The orange box thing is so funny.i laughed so hard!XD
  • hanky_panky - December 24, 2008 5:33 a.m.

    oh gawd dat was funny touch detective was by far the best... THANKYOU GR!!! i havent laughed like dat in ages =D

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