The Worst Box Art of 2008

10. Championship Pony (DS, released March 20)

Championship Pony is watching you masturbate.

OK, seriously? Take a look at these other pony games:

This one’s dumb, yes, but it’s also colorful and happy and actively communicates the idea of “OMG PONIES” to its little-girl audience.

This one, meanwhile, is a little creepier, and Wax Girl there seems intent on stuffing her fingers into her pony’s nostril. But it still has a relatively peppy vibe to it. Not like this:

That’s one sad pony, and the floating stars that were half-heartedly added to the severe art and photos aren’t doing him any favors. This may be the only box art we’ve ever actually felt sorry for.

9. Wordmaster (DS, released Aug. 5)

“Confucius say: ‘Nothing serr videogame about wold puzzre rike hollibre egg-shape lacist calicatule.’ Prease to buy!”

8. Safecracker (Wii, released Dec. 3)

Achievement Unlocked: SHITTY

7. Bratz Super Babyz (DS, released Feb. 26)

We know, we know: singling out the box art when the whole horrible concept is to blame is like picking on Quasimodo for having a lazy eye. But that still doesn’t make it right to squeeze a gaggle of fat toddlers into skintight costumes, slather them in whorepaint and teach them that words are pluralized with a “Z.”

6. Puzzler Collection (DS, released Aug. 5)

“Family?” “Fun?” “Festive?” “Blast?” “4?” “8?” None of these words even remotely describe the boredom on parade here.

SCORE International Baja 1000: The Official Game (PS2, PS3, PC, 360, Wii, released Oct. 28)

Activision isn’t a publisher we’d normally peg as eager to deliberately confuse its product with that of a competitor, but it’s hard to draw a different conclusion when comparing the art for its Baja racer with that of THQ’s Baja: Edge of Control, released a full month earlier on Sept. 23. Look at them: the colors, models and even positions of the vehicles are all practically identical. It’s like the same image taken from a slightly different angle. It’s impossible to know what Activision was thinking here, but after a lawsuit from THQ, it finally relented and agreed to switch to a different packshot.

That said, both of the above images were prominently on display the last time we were in a game store. So maybe the agreement hasn’t taken effect yet.

Okami (Wii, released April 15)

Nothing wrong with this, right? It’s pretty, it’s elegant and it gives a tantalizing glimpse of what the game’s about. It’s everything a box should be. But what’s that over on the right?

Still not seeing it? Fine, we’ll make it obvious:

For whatever reason, someone at Capcom decided that - instead of directly mining the company’s own considerable collection of Okami artwork - their box-art needs would be better served by grabbing a piece of artwork off IGN. Which might have worked out OK if they’d remembered to scrub IGN’s watermark out of the image. Instead, IGN was surprised, Capcom was embarrassed, consumers got free replacement covers out of the deal and everyone had a good laugh at one of the weirder box-art eff-ups in years.


  • 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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