According to Dorkly the clip below features some of the worst video game covers of all time, and I can’t say as I disagree. There are some seriously messed up covers out there for video games. Never mind the ones that are nearly pornographic that feature women wearing little to nothing at all, I’m talking about the ones that make you want to get up, leave the room, and perhaps find a can of lighter fluid and a match to repel the dreaded cover for good. That’s the kind of cover that some games are given simply because marketers think of it as a good idea to give to the public. It almost makes me think that these ideas are thought up in situations where the artists are either severely inebriated or so buzzed on caffeine that they can’t think straight any longer. Either one seems to be a valid explanation really.
Here are some of the more messed up covers that have ever come along.
10. Pac Man
You wouldn’t think that anyone could mess up Pac-Man, but you’d be wrong. This cover make Pac-Man look like a buck-toothed, gangly-limbed teenager with a serious case of the munchies that’s running from one-legged ghosts that seem more like groping, one-legged perverts.
9. Blood N Guts
This might seem like it would be a cool game and even be ahead of its time but it’s really just a game of tug of war. Plus, on the cover it seems as though no one knows how to hold a weapon. And what in the world is the cat doing in the picture??
8. Russel Grant’s Astrology
How in the world is anyone supposed to get this excited about astrology, let alone think that it’s a good idea for a game? Even today people seem to think that ideas such as this are a great idea and continue to push them for the various game systems.
7. Tommy Lasorda Baseball
Not only was the game not that much fun but naming a game after a guy that has one of the worst reputations in the MLB was probably not a great idea. To be honest it’s not much of a wonder why this game never really took off with fans.
6. The Guy Game
Just so we’re clear, most games are designed for guys so this was kind of a useless game really and the whole premise was shot the moment it was finished. The cover is something that might draw adolescent boys but once they played the game it’s likely that the game found it’s way to the shelf until it was buried under other items and a thick layer of dust.
Honestly the entire title is too long and confusing to even think about putting up here so the initial name of the game will have to do. If you have to take a breath just reading the title then you can usually assume that the game is going to be just as long-winded.
4. Ghost House
So Ghost House was about bats? And it was set against the gridwork that used to be Sega’s only real feature? It’s not much of a wonder why Sega Genesis finally bumped this game system up and made it popular again. Unfortunately was too late since it didn’t last that long.
3. Air Traffic Chaos
Because what’s more fun than dedicating your next few waking hours to something that most adults with this job would gladly tell you is a great way to waste ten to twenty years of your life? Seriously though, guiding planes through the sky does not seem like the ideal game for kids.
2. Snow White and the 7 Clever Boys
Creepy on so many levels. And the fact that Snow White looks so androgynous only makes it worse since the entire cast on the cover looks like they might be up to something rather disturbing once you play the game.
I suppose you could give this one points for originality and for getting right to the point. But is the title self-explanatory of the game or the sound you’ll be making when you try to play it?
Truly there some absolutely terrible covers that have masked even worse games throughout the years.