The Worst Box Art of 2008

15. My Baby Boy (DS, released Nov. 4)

We may be going out on a limb here, but this stunted little homunculus is probably the reason we can find this game everywhere, but My Morning After Pill is consistently sold out.

14. Rubik’s World (DS, released Oct. 28)

Yes, this is pretty much exactly what it looked like when we took our Rubik’s Cube, smashed it, bleached all but one of the pieces and spent hours meticulously arranging them in a stark, white room to convince a jury that we were insane at the time of the murders. But we don’t know why someone would make a game out of that.

13. Garfield’s Fun Fest (DS, released Aug. 6)

Jon looks like something painted on the wall of a day-care center, Garfield’s feet are nowhere near that tiny and there’s brown everywhere you look. The only thing that would make this depressing little scene fun or festive is if it were tied to the end of a shovel and applied forcefully to Jim Davis’ face.

12. Kidz Sports: Crazy Golf (Wii, released Sept. 16)

That kid’s got “date rapist” written all over him.

11. Command and Destroy (DS, released Feb. 16)

These shitty, shitty flying saucers are the CG equivalent of the hubcaps on strings from ‘50s B-movies. Actually, hubcaps on strings would have been more convincing than these lens-flared saucers and Photoshop-filter planets, which together with that giant crosshair make the game look more like a cross between Space Invaders and Missile Command than the Command & Conquer ripoff it actually is.

Left 4 Dead (PC/360), Prince of Persia Collector’s Edition (PS3/360/PC), Dead Space (PS3/360/PC)

Close-ups of hands probably aren’t the best way to market a new game during the busy holiday season, but no fewer than three high-profile games decided that great big hands were exactly what buyers needed to see on their covers. How could this happen? We have a theory:

Comic by Tyler Wilde

Just, you know, repeated three times across three separate developers.

From the Abyss (DS, released Aug. 26)

Although there’s nothing compositionally or even aesthetically wrong with this, we’re troubled by the thought that somewhere, there’s an artist who has no idea that pants and belts aren’t the same thing.


  • FanofSaiyan - December 28, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    I can't believe Capcom did that with the Okami cover! Funny stuff.
  • isipisi - December 17, 2009 8:38 p.m.

    "6 – And he has three fingers on each hand!" yes hahah yes he has indeed a wrong amount of fingers. could number 7 be that he has no nose or number 8 be his monstrous eyes? everything must be perfect.everything must be.
  • RickyV300 - July 10, 2009 6:44 a.m.

    that horse was not happy
  • Taipan700 - June 3, 2009 1:05 p.m.

    Ok, I've been coming to Gamesradar for a while now (only just recently decided to sign up) and I've laughed and been in awe of countless other lists and features on the site. But this is the list I always come back to.
  • UltimoQueso - May 22, 2009 8:27 p.m.

    One of the words on puzzler collection is rot... lol
  • StonedMagician99 - February 26, 2009 12:21 p.m.

    One of the funniest GamesRadar articles I've read so far. I especially love the Wordmaster box art; why anyone would have, much less want, that game next to Chrono Trigger in their DS library, I don't know.
  • dinobonoid - January 17, 2009 7:05 a.m.

    this was hilarious xD
  • UnreaK745 - January 4, 2009 12:36 p.m.

    LOL that nadal DS cover is awesome=)))))))))
  • Dantesan666 - January 2, 2009 2:39 a.m.

    Holy hell, some of those covers are both horrible and pathetic. Nice try game developers but uhhh, keep trying.
  • chickadee4 - December 31, 2008 4:32 p.m.

    Great article, found the pony one hilarious! "That’s one sad pony"
  • supersonicsparky - December 18, 2008 9:05 p.m.

    I Lol'd at Nadal!
  • jack698 - December 17, 2008 2:13 a.m.

    they look gay
  • majormoses117 - December 15, 2008 4:42 a.m.

    Sheperd's Crossing was by far the funniest!!
  • Nessrox - December 15, 2008 3:53 a.m.

    Air Traffic Chaos 1 – Chaos is the largest, most visible thing on the package. Again, airport chaos on or around 9/11 probably isn’t the smartest choice 2 – That airliner is doing a loop. Assume those people are dead 3 – The controller is announcing what he is, on the box, in case the huge title and plain image of an airport wasn’t enough 4 – Despite saying he’s an air traffic controller, his facial expression and nervous sweat drops indicate he’s faking it, which explains problem number 2 AND... 5 - ...the fact that this plane is SIDEWAYS 6 – And he has three fingers on each hand! --------------------------------------------- Edit: 7 - The game was released on 9 - 11
  • Ban - December 15, 2008 1:30 a.m.

    Mikel awsomely hilarious
  • Fishow753 - December 14, 2008 11:19 p.m.

    Those babies will haunt me for the rest of my life
  • camo510 - December 14, 2008 10:03 p.m.

    Lol most of these games are for wii or ds ... thats why the covers suck, lmao jks :P
  • Shellghost - December 14, 2008 8:37 a.m.

    OMG Roflmfao at "Championship pony is watching you masturbate" XD This is such a funny article, your great Mikel XD
  • Juggernaut140 - December 14, 2008 7:22 a.m.

    There's nothing wrong with Dead Space and Left 4 Dead's box arts.
  • noobeater - December 13, 2008 10:56 p.m.

    just to correct myself when i said nintendo second time in 2nd last parapgraph i meant to say nintendo 64

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