The worst box art of 2010

21. Calvin Tucker’s Redneck Farm Animal Racing Tournament

Released: Aug. 3

We get it. It’s supposed to be a goofy lowbrow game for kids. But does that excuse the blur filter and grimy colors? Does that mean we should ignore the pig’s obscene grin, or the unnatural contortion that enables him to bang his crotch against the steering wheel? Or the fact that the box looks pretty much like what you’d expect from a title that abbreviates to “Calvin Tucker’s Redneck FART?”

22. New Carnival Games

Released: Sept. 21

Oh look, the horrible, leering carny from 2007 is back with another game that will no doubt sell millions. His grotto of horrors is just as garish as it’s ever been, but this time… this time he wants you to take a ticket.

Above: If it has the number he’s thinking of, he won’t hit you with his fishing pole thing

Dismayed as we are to see that grinning creep back again, he’s pure class compared to World Party Games, which apparently labors under the illusion that Carnival Games sold because of its terrifying mascot.

Above: “Oh, wouldn’t it be just awful if someone confused this with that much more successful game and bought it instead?”

23. Sniper Elite

Released: Dec. 10

It’s hard to be sure what’s worse here: the ridiculous overuse of the blur filter, the target being behind the shooter, the ugly amber color scheme, the badly Photoshopped black disc over the scope, or the fact that the publisher logo proudly proclaims this to be a “family game.”

Above: “Oh, I get it! The M on the left must stand for Maximum, too!”

24. Hall of Fame: Ultimate Hoops Challenge

Released: March 23

Larry Bird’s no stranger to videogames – he starred in One On One, one of the earliest hoops games ever made – but this is the first time he’s looked quite this ugly. It’s also the first time Oscar Robertson’s looked quite so greenish. Just a wildly unappealing piece of art all around, and one more reason to ask why it’s an unwritten rule among third-rate publishers that people in videogames should have enormous heads.

25. Mystery Cookbook

Released: Feb. 5

The real mystery is why, if you’re going to (presumably) rip off Pixar’s most questionable protagonist, you’d go the route of making him look like a less trustworthy version of an actual rat. Who apparently towers above pigs and hides entire grocery-store counters just under his fur.

26. Wildlife Camp

Released: Nov. 18

God, where to start? The rendering is simplistic, and the guy there couldn’t be any more of a glassy-eyed afterthought if he was an actual corpse. But what makes this worthy of inclusion is the eyes. The huge, huge eyes with their enormous pupils. Because holy shit, the only way all those animals could stand being so close to gawky tourist robots was if they were all stoned to the gill, and by god, this box is man enough to admit it.


OK, so calling the next four items “box art” is kind of a stretch, seeing as (to the best of our knowledge) they’ve never adorned an actual, physical box. They are, however, some of the most gruesome images we’ve ever seen used to sell downloadable games on Amazon, and they deserve recognition.

27. Youda Safari

Released: Sept. 24

The suspiciously grinning animals we can deal with, but Johnny Hapsburglip and his mother the real-estate agent aren’t really doing much for us.

28. Sky Taxi 3: The Movie

Released: Dec. 8

This image raises so many questions. What’s up with the main character’s stock-3D-model pose? Exactly how big are all the characters on the boat supposed to be? Why is there a stock photo of a flower in the foreground?

And how, for the love of Christ, is this a movie?

29. Jungle Boy

Released: April 8

If the first wrong thing you notice about this image is that “Jungle Boy” is a ripoff of Disney’s Tarzan, stare at it for a little longer. See if you can tell what, in the year 2010, might be considered amiss here.

Above: That’s right, this guy’s wearing whiteface! RACISM

30. King Arthur

Released: Sept. 30

The art here obviously comes from two, possibly three different sources. Guinevere over there seems to have been Photoshopped in from the cover of a softcore video, while Arthur and Merlin look like they should be leering at us from the pages of an old D&D adventure module, right next to the creepy-beard encounter table.


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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