The worst box art of 2010

11. Just Dance 2

Released: Oct. 14

We’ve never been fans of Just Dance’s box-art choices, although this year’s are just a bit better than 2009’s. However, there’s something about the UK version that just rubs us the wrong way.

It’s kind of hideous to begin with, but there’s… hold on, there it is…

Is it just us, or…?

Nope, definitely Kim Jong Il.

12. Canada Hunt

Released: May 18

What the…? We already made fun of this stupid thing last year! Did its publishers learn NOTHING!?

13. Busy Scissors

Released: Oct. 26

Ignoring the pink background, cheap-looking presentation, inexplicable sidelining of the Redken sponsor logo and faintly annoying “girl game” stigma, probably the biggest problem with this box is that it features what must be one of the most basic, boring hairstyles imaginable, at least from a stylist’s point of view. Assuming anyone at all wants to buy this game, it’s going to be because they want to get creative with hair – not because they want to cut straight lines for hours on end.

14. Monster Frenzy

Released: May 25

You can just tell this game must be fantastic, since the box is giving us such a clear idea of what, if anything, it is.

15. Family Gameshow

Released: May 4

Why is it that the games aimed at families with children are always the most nightmare-inducing? There’s something deeply off-putting about the host’s face, like he’s a bobblehead come to life, and if you spend too long looking at it, his phony smile takes on more sinister dimensions. There’s a pleading desperation in his eyes, as if he’s begging the viewer to please buy his game and put him out of his misery. This is the face of a man who’s trapped inside an endless OHMYGOD


16. Robinson Crusoe 2 and the Cursed Pirates

Released: Sept. 13

Wow, this one’s dismal. It’s cluttered, it’s boring, and probably the worst thing about it is that it is that the character art was lifted from the UK version, which – aside from unpolished art that gives Robinson an expression most people reserve for realizing they’ve just shit their pants – was much more compelling overall.

Above: “A mysterious ship graveyard? No, no, NO! Americans want caves”

Note also that the US version adds the “2” to the title, and the “Sequel to the #1 best seller!” sell text. Since I’m pretty sure there’s never been a #1 best-selling game about Robinson Crusoe, I’ll guess that the “best seller” they’re talking about is actually the 1719 novel, known as history’s first mass-market bestseller.

I’m honestly not sure whether to be angry at a ploy that cynical, or to applaud the cleverness that went into thinking it up.

17. The Guild 2: Renaissance

Released: Oct. 19

Pffft. More like “The Guild 2: Picture I Took at a Renaissance Faire,” amirite?

Above: This man does not think you know enough things about the Renaissance

18. Sled Shred featuring the Jamaican Bobsled Team

Released: Oct. 12

We just have one question for the Jamaican Bobsled Team: since when do you all look like Rayman?

Above: Or is that Raymon?

19. Hollywood Squares

Released: Oct. 5

Thrilled as we are to see Arrested Development’s Jeffrey Tambor on the cover of a game, we’re just not sure if he can compete with the raw, smoldering presence of Martin Mull and Brad Garrett. Or the sallow-faced creature pretending to look like Kathy Griffin.

20. IGT Slots: Wolf Run

Released: Aug. 24

It’s an ugly t-shirt! That became an internet meme! That became a slot machine! That became a videogame! That doesn’t pay out any money!



Worst of 2010


  • Leboyo56 - April 28, 2011 3:50 a.m.

    lol at the Portal 2 reference on 10, YOU MONSTER.
  • m1bayluv41510 - April 6, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    I'm laughing at the box art on Deadliest catch, i keep seeing the fisherman yelling "SEE THIS CRAB? IT CAME FROM YOUR MOMS PANTS!" Also the wildlife game with the stoned animals was great too, especially with the way the cheeta/lion thing was hanging off his tree..
  • bekkilawrence - January 8, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    I hope you all will be pleased to know that they changed the picture of Taz on Galactic Taz Ball to an ACTUAL taz. No? Just me then...
  • DankKingpin - January 2, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    Why isn't Canada's flag on the Rulers of Nations case? I mean, sure we aren't exactly a 'super' power, but come on. Also, whats up with that one guys golf club? Its like bending around his neck. Maybe hes putting himself out of his misery?
  • Fak99 - December 29, 2010 9:30 a.m.

    Why is Brazil on the "bad guy" side of the "Rulers of Nations" cover?
  • MikeT - December 27, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    lol Deadliest Catch looks awesome!
  • MikeT - December 27, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    The white face thing is a reality dude, their are a lot of tribes that color their faces white. It has nothing to do with racism.
  • jayson8899 - December 21, 2010 4:51 a.m.

    I didnt close my eyes now my eyes burn!
  • SuperMaccoroni - December 21, 2010 1:16 a.m.

    Wow,now that I think about it more,There are barely any good box arts anymore. I would have laughed if you made a "Worst box art of the eighties" LOL
  • suicidalpigeon - December 20, 2010 1:06 a.m.
  • CanadianBeaverHunter - December 19, 2010 6:37 a.m.

    Never tire of crappy box art features.
  • waffman11 - December 19, 2010 3:14 a.m.

    Lol, Kim Jong Il wants to DANCE!
  • ROFLROOSTER - December 18, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    Sled Shred featuring the Jamaican Bobsled Team looks like it was made on MS paint... especially the DREADlocks
  • Apollomasque - December 18, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    That Remington Super Slam Hunting one makes me imagine two dead-eye hunters perched on a boulder, holding back the massive tide of animals determined to overrun their defense point. Ammunition runs low and tension thickens as the two friends cannot afford self doubt, but silently wonder if the other will make it through the siege.
  • PrierAdmirer - December 18, 2010 10:46 a.m.

    Crab with machine gun got to me. I was laughing so hard and long after that. I'll be incredibly upset if the game didn't have crabs in naval battles.
  • D0CCON - December 17, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    I may literally get nightmares from that smiling Gameshow Host. Uggghhhh *shiver shiver*
  • pmike5 - December 17, 2010 9 p.m.

    Brilliant article, but you forgot one HUGE game which has awful box art. Mass Effect 2!
  • celticsfan645 - December 17, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    Also, Alabama Smith. You cant make good adventures just by naming a guy after a state. Otherwise we would be seein California Jackson and the Raiders of the Crystal Skulled Crusaders of Doom.
  • soren7550 - December 17, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    Too funny! Esp. the family game that's rated M!
  • Fusionmix - December 17, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    Kim-Jong Il. Oh god.

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