You won't believe these 30 incredibly bizarre pieces of video game box art

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There was once a time when video game box art was quite the big deal. Before the age of digital downloads, publishers wanted their products to really stand out on the shelves. This meant putting a truly eye-catching image on the front of a game's packaging, art that would make the public think: "Wow! Now that looks like something I'd like to buy!"

Of course, there were a few times when those who designed these covers got it so very, very wrong. These tragic examples of horrible box art contained everything from child-like drawings, to what could only be described as drug-induced surrealism. Many make you wonder why no-one ever spoke up before these games were released and proclaimed: "Errrmmm...the cover looks like it was designed by a serial killer."

But it's not just retro game packaging of the past that suffered from this crime of bizarre imagery, there have been plenty recent examples of head-scratching box art - especially when it comes to low-budget, indie titles. 

With a whole plethora of terrible and terrifying images to pick from, it wasn't easy choosing which made it into the list - it could have had 100 entries.

From gaming's early beginnings to the present day, here are the thirty most bizarre, bewildering, awful, and surreal pieces of video game box art we've ever seen.

Published Jun. 18th 2015
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    We've come so far.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Great piece... made my day!
  • Left Foot
    Haha, these are great! My favorite is Ninja Golf, instant classic.
  • Autumn Fish
    Featured Correspondent
    Really well written and GREAT game cover finds! These made my day!
  • Rob Thubron
    Featured Correspondent
    Thanks. It took ages to pick out the best and decide on the order.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    Every slide, I thought "surely, the next one won't be as bad as this!" And I was wrong, every time.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Same here lol!

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