Games Radar's choices for the worst examples of boxart in 2007 don't necessarily coincide with our own, though even we would be hard pushed to dispute the inclusion of the above travesty in this hall of shame. Of the fifteen titles listed by GR, five are to be found on the DS, with OMG 26: Our Mini Games (#2), Julie Finds a Way (#4), John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland (#6), Touch Detective 2½ (#11), and Etrian Odyssey (#14) all charting.
Jump past the break for more boxart that only a mother could love. Just remember that DS boxart can also be hella awesome.
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Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
12-13-2007 @ 9:22PM
I don't think the Etrian Odyssey or Touch Detective ones are that bad.
However, is it me or does the girl on the 'Julie Finds a Way' box look like some evil female Damien whose just pulled a lever to open a trap-door and send some innocent people (possibly her own family) to their gruesome deaths?
12-13-2007 @ 9:36PM
Etrian Odyssey is ugly. Touch Detective is bad, for the same reason Julie Finds A Way.
12-13-2007 @ 9:26PM
You guys didn't show the back of the Julie Finds a Way box....there are a NUMBER of typos on it, it kind of looks like a third grader wrote it.
12-13-2007 @ 10:26PM
There seems to be a problem with the links for "hella awesome," they don't seem to be linking to Contra 4.
12-13-2007 @ 10:53PM
Alisha Karabinus said...
12-13-2007 @ 10:48PM
I'm quite surprised that Touch Detective is one of the worst. It doesn't look bad to me at all.
12-13-2007 @ 11:11PM
If you read the original article, you'll see clearly why the author chose that cover. Whether you'll agree or whether you'll even laugh, who knows...
12-13-2007 @ 10:53PM
Why is Etrian Odyssey on that list? The descriptions on Games Radar are... nondescript. Their list is a waste of time because it doesn't give any objective viewpoint as to why any of the games are actually there. It was obviously written by one person without any regard for anybody else's input; without any written reasons for most of these choices one is inclined to believe that the article's author merely compiled a list of box art he didn't find personally appealing and determined that what he found the least gripping or poorly done automatically got qualified for the list. Something objective like this has absolutely no value unless there is input from multiple people from a respective field, or from the consumer base; ie: those who buy the games.
12-13-2007 @ 11:05PM
I would think that Etrian Odyssey is on the list because the type is inconsistent --the last Y is the worst offender-- and the odd red and purple frame is set within another border that looks like unused space. Placing the subjects to the right side creates an unpleasant focus, too. It's certainly not one of the worst covers I've ever seen, but it certainly isn't good either. Manga art and medieval gilding don't make up for poor layout design.
12-14-2007 @ 11:43PM
Oh, for God's sake - grow a sense of humor already.
12-13-2007 @ 11:10PM
The Julie Finds A Way artwork is just a crop of the artwork of the book of the same name. All of the American Girl history books have the same exact style. The Samantha ones feature a girl that looks like porcelain doll sitting in the corner waiting for you to fall asleep so it can gouge your eyes out with a spoon.
12-14-2007 @ 5:40AM
WATCH OUT!! THERE IS A BURGER SMASH BY THE ROCK!
12-14-2007 @ 9:40AM
From a design standpoint, the Etrian Odyssey box does its job fairly well. The parchment paper and gilded border gives the cover a storybook feel. The characters being off to the right provides an asymmetrical balance with the heavy E and O in the logo. The characters are all looking to the left at something beyond the frame which evokes a sense of mystery, which is very similar to the experience the game is providing. Also, the characters' eyes lead the viewers eyes into the border which leads the viewer back into the logo. While I dislike the logo and the red and purple border colors, I feel that the overall composition is pleasing and effective.
12-15-2007 @ 3:26PM
WE HAVE A WINNER