The worst box art of 2009

19. Buck Fever

Released: Nov 16


Spoonerism [spoo-nuh-riz-uh m] – noun. The transposition of initial or other sounds of words, usually by accident , as in a blushing crow for a crushing blow.

With that in mind, there’s also this:


Just don’t ask us what a “Hanada” is.

18. My Hero: Doctor

Released: Nov 17


Huh. Looks like your hero has a slightly misshapen face, vacant eyes and a thinning hairline. It’s probably from the stress of inhabiting the same grim, joyless world of doom showcased on every other generic, “professional”-themed DS game by Majesco. We can’t even make jokes about this cover; it’s just that sad.

17. The Void

Released: Sept 25


The art for The Void is the opposite of the other more-or-less artistically sound boxes on this list, in that while it usually takes a few seconds to see the flaws in those, this one looks horrifying right off the bat. It’s only after you stare at it for a second that you realize the bikini girl isn’t messily exploding in midair above a rapacious tentacle. And actually that’s disappointing, because now we’re curious to see what kind of game could work in that action and still be considered safe for 12-year-olds.

16. My Boyfriend

Released: Sept 14


We’re not sure how to break this to you, but, uh… your boyfriend’s a chick.


We’d look into that if we were you.

15. Learn Science

Released: Dec 15


Or don’t! Who’s going to care? Not the people who designed this half-assed box, that’s for damn sure.

14. Hidden Mysteries: Titanic

Released: Nov 3


We realize that cover’s probably supposed to be spooky and all, but all we can think of when we look at it is fashion shows for ghosts. Which, come to think of it, would be a much more interesting premise for a game than another contrived, disaster-romanticizing Titanic mystery.

Petz Dolphinz Encounter

After the fiasco that was last year’s Petz Rescue: Ocean Patrol, publisher Ubisoft seems to have learned its lesson. Rather than including a grinning human performing easily misconstrued actions alongside the marine life, they’re letting said marine life speak for itself, possibly in the hope that it won’t be made fun of this year.

However, Dolphinz Encounter is just begging – begging – for someone to cram the word “sexual” into its title and stick something suggestive into the wide-open gap Ubisoft has left. AND WE WILL NOT BE DENIED.




  • randilon - September 22, 2010 4:12 a.m.

    Doctor Fizzwizzle’s Animal Rescue! Hey i cant stop laughing everytime i remember the look on the sheep's face and you saying Dolly knows you’ll buy this just to find out what doctor’s keeping from you. OMG Hillarious man... That sheep i'll remember for my entire life
  • Randomwordcombination - June 30, 2010 3:14 a.m.

    Great article!! That NAMBLA bowling league literally made me laugh out loud.
  • twewy13 - January 28, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    r-r-r-r-r-r-raaaaaadio those martians were awesome
  • linkganon - January 3, 2010 6:40 p.m.

    if gamesradar has not done this yet, they probabally should. how about an article that includes the best boxart of 2009? i'm not sure if it wasn't done so this is why i'm saying they should.
  • StefanGrey - December 28, 2009 3:46 a.m.

    Is it me or does the Yeti on the bowling game kinda look like he stole Omega Red's hair & bandana?
  • FanofSaiyan - December 28, 2009 12:50 a.m.

    Hilarious, can't wait to see what box art they skewer in 2010. :D
  • PrierAdmirer - December 26, 2009 4:50 a.m.

    Hilarious. Once again, the zoom-in what never fails to disappoint. Great article GR.
  • Aelphais - December 23, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    For the record, The Void is an excellent game that is not for everyone but stands out as being something mostly different in this space marine filled FPS brown world. It doesn't hold your hand nor present the entire game as one long tutorial. Also there are a lot of naked women.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 21, 2009 8:57 p.m.

    YES A YOUNG ONES REFERENCE It's bad that I can quote something older than I am, isn't it? xD
  • JustTheBoBreaker - December 21, 2009 5:01 a.m.

    The Hysteria Hospital box is hilarious. And what's with the peace sign meaning "fuck you" in the UK?
  • sveini22 - December 19, 2009 1:37 p.m.

    awfull all of them
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - December 18, 2009 7:46 p.m.

    @TonyBlue05: Hmmm... more than likely it's a stock photo that companies can pay to use, but that does explain the bizarre way he's holding the DSi in that shot.
  • TonyBlue05 - December 18, 2009 6:05 p.m.

    Whoops, sorry. Here it is again, but it fits now: images/store/game_gift_lg.jpg
  • TonyBlue05 - December 18, 2009 6:04 p.m.

    You know what else is funny about the System Flaw cover? It's douche hero is a stolen pic:
  • jackthemenace - December 18, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    OMG, this is so funny! although almost all of the games are from nintendo... hmmm... is it just me, or is #6 basically just "the hills have eyes" remake for kids?
  • G1drake - December 18, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    monkeys....making xxx in my box art?
  • noobeater - December 18, 2009 2:58 p.m.

    oh yea and i love how you constantly zoom in on made me laugh this year and so it did last year
  • noobeater - December 18, 2009 2:56 p.m.

    the oxymorons were funny as fuck great article and the point you made about the gloves and eyes was genuinly scary to think about and yes the wii is aweful
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - December 18, 2009 1:46 a.m.

    @Darkhawk: Check last year's article.

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