By Dan Zuccarelli . January 22, 2007 . 3:58pm
Box Art. It’s usually our first impression of a game when we’re browsing the aisles at the local shop. Way back before the internet provided details and screenshots and everything else months before a game’s release, the box itself was one of the first connections you had to a game. To the average consumer, it still is.
So it needs to be good. Like stop you dead in your tracks good. You gotta make it worth a second look, or better yet, a purchase.
But for every decent box out there, there’s ones that are truly cringe worthy. Looking back it’s amazing games like Mega Man actually survived to a second iteration, what with how awful the 1st game’s box was. Ugh. We’ve seen most of these before, but CVG collected a bunch together for a second look. Mega Man for the NES stands as one of the all-time worst, but there’s some others on the list that definitely give it a run for the money. With names like White Van Racing and Pulse Racer you shouldn’t expect much… but still.
But sadly they missed what is probably the worst piece of “art” ever to grace the cover of a video game. I speak of Pac-Man for the Atari 400/800. This monstrosity pictured over on the right is laughable if you’re even remotely familiar with the game of Pac-Man (and if you’re not then shame on you). Not only does he have arms and legs, but he’s got short little jogging shorts and a little tank-top with a proper picture of himself on it! Castle walls with shrubbery, discs instead of power pellets, this picture gets almost nothing right. Let’s not forget the buck tooth they game him. He looks like an idiot. Looking at this cover I’d be upset if I didn’t play as the ghosts!
Got any ones out there you think are even worse? Let us know!