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The Worst Box Art of 2008

5. Pet Pals: Animal Doctor (DS, released Feb. 5)

Before we show you this one, take a look at the box for the same title on the Wii:

It’s not exactly pretty, but there’s nothing really wrong with it. It looks like a kiddie game about helping animals should.

This, though…

This looks like the waiting room of Hell’s cruelest veterinarian. Waxy faces with shadowy complexions, looming angles and a grim color palette give the viewer an oppressive sense of claustrophobia. The stethoscope is easily mistaken for veins at first glance, giving that heart an uncomfortably realistic look.

On top of that, there’s no way that particular combination of animals could be unrestrained, in an enclosed space, without a bloody mess ensuing in short order. And that trucker in the foreground is totally about to feed his rabbit to that dog.

Bonus alternate caption! “OH GOD WHAT ARE ALL YOU PEOPLE DOING IN MY APARTMENT!?”


4. Backyard Baseball ’09 (DS, released March 25)

No amount of grinning can convince us that the monstrous head of David “Big Papi” Ortiz and its floating cartoon sidekick aren’t about to bite our faces off and swallow them without chewing.


3. Kitty Luv (Wii, released Nov. 6)

Congratulations, Activision: you’ve managed to tap into the collective psyche of every lonely little girl and sexually repressed office lady on the planet. Package it with a calendar, and the world is yours.


2. Air Traffic Chaos (DS, released Sept. 11)

This box practically trips over itself in a mad rush to look ridiculous, but it’s worth taking a look at the multitude of exact points at which this airline disaster-themed puzzle game, released on Sept. 11, 2008, goes horribly wrong. We surrender the floor at this point to Nintendo Editor Brett Elston, who’s already done a bang-up job making fun of it:

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!


1. Imagine: Party Babyz (Wii, released Nov. 11)

No. No! NO! NO! NOOOO!!!

If you could somehow draw a picture of the sound made when a game journalist’s mind rips in half, it would look like this. If you could distill everything wrong with the casual-gaming movement into a single image – every horrible minigame, every half-assed “girl” game, every misguided purchase by a well-intentioned grandmother, every cynical piece of shovelware ever shat onto a store shelf by some fly-by-night cabal of predatory monsters - this would be that image.

Also? “Babies” is misspelled.

Dec 11, 2008


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90 comments

  • 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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