Unintentionally Hilarious Vintage Game Cover Photography
N S
United States
Somerville
Massachusetts
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
230 
 Thumb up
0.26
 tip
 Hide
There was time, from around 1960 through the 80's when it was very common to put a photo of people playing the game on the box cover. Today many of these box cover photos look pretty ridiculous, whether it's the excessively formal attire, the dismal facial expressions, or just inexplicably atrocious layout.
Rules for the list:
1. Box design must feature photography. If you want to make fun of bad illustration or other graphic design make your own list.
2. No movie/TV tie-ins. As hilarious as the Fonzie and Beverly Hillbillies games are, they don't really belong here.
3. Don't let the game speak for itself. If you post a game you must make some kind of smart-alecky comment.
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: cover_art [+] [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
Prev «  1 , 2 , 3  | 
51. Board Game: Twister [Average Rating:4.60 Overall Rank:11141]
Paul DeMartino
United States
Unspecified
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Hmm. Looks like the geek doesn't have an image of the swinging 70s edition. Oh well, a quick trip to ebay later and...

9 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
52. Board Game: Billionaire [Average Rating:5.13 Overall Rank:10746]
Nathan Bergom
United States
Towson
Maryland
flag msg tools
"Sometimes it would be nice to be wrong about people." -Commander Samuel Vimes
mbmbmbmbmb
The only words to describe this guy wouldn't go over well on a family-friendly site like BGG. So I'll just stick with this:

"Did you see anything?"
"No, sir, I didn't see you playing with your toys again!"
"Good!"
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
53. Board Game: The Bride Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Nico Solitander
Finland
Helsinki
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
The Bride of Chuckie! Kids Edition

11 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
54. Board Game: Pro Draft [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:8436]
Nico Solitander
Finland
Helsinki
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb


"So in this shot we're looking for the classic leprachaun look."
12 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
55. Board Game: Mind Maze [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:9060]
Nico Solitander
Finland
Helsinki
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
"Feels perky"

14 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
56. Board Game: The Great Estate [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Andrew Kluessendorf
United States
Waukesha
Wisconsin
flag msg tools
... that God loves us and wants us to be happy. -Benjamin Franklin-
mbmbmbmbmb

Jerry Lewis must have been REALLY hard up for cash. I think this is the most bizarre picture on any game I own.



Hey pretty lady!

13 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
57. Board Game: Power Broker [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Andrew Kluessendorf
United States
Waukesha
Wisconsin
flag msg tools
... that God loves us and wants us to be happy. -Benjamin Franklin-
mbmbmbmbmb

And oddly the same set up for another Jerry Lewis endorsed game - with the same odd people and the exact same board.

13 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
58. Board Game: High Stakes [Average Rating:5.87 Unranked]
Andrew Kluessendorf
United States
Waukesha
Wisconsin
flag msg tools
... that God loves us and wants us to be happy. -Benjamin Franklin-
mbmbmbmbmb

Notice the theme here? I think Jerry might have invested poorly in those huge plastic gameboards - they are featured in all 3 games. Or maybe he owed that guy in the center money. The woman is even wearing the same dress.

14 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
59. Board Game: High Five! [Average Rating:4.60 Overall Rank:10395]
dagmar
Netherlands
Voorhout
flag msg tools
Goedemorgen! Guten Morgen! Bonjour! Good Morning! Buenes Dìas! God Morgon!
mbmbmbmbmb
Everything comes back to fashion on one point or another the publicer of this game must have thought. A brand new game with a nice retro look!
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
60. Board Game: Grapple [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
Me, sin? Pf! Nah! Chill
United States
Fountain Valley
California
flag msg tools
Why is there no Word Games Forum or Subdomain?
badge
There should be a Word Games Subdomain, or at least a Word Games Forum!
mbmbmbmbmb
Compare to item #3: Fluster.

It's an anagram game. The players are gussing a scrambled word. You can't see it very well, but the dialogue is:

Jonathan Winters: "Is it 'rextute'?"

- Yeah. Sure. It's 'rextute'. Exactly. That's a word. It means "dog fart."

Julia Louis-Dreifus: "Texture!"

- You win.

Kid: "eruxtte...wha?"

- Pay attention, kid. Julia already got it.

I remember what they said because I used to have this game as a kid.
9 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
61. Board Game: Four Sight [Average Rating:5.64 Unranked]
Me, sin? Pf! Nah! Chill
United States
Fountain Valley
California
flag msg tools
Why is there no Word Games Forum or Subdomain?
badge
There should be a Word Games Subdomain, or at least a Word Games Forum!
mbmbmbmbmb
Play this game. Shave your head. Women, too. Join the cult.

It's unusual for 70's game box:
- it doesn't show anyone actually playing the game
- it's a photo, but altered
- it gives no hint at all what the game is like
7 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
62. Board Game: Whosit? [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:9770]
Craig Phillips
United States
Quincy
Illinois
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
This one was my first thought. How many stereotypes can we cram onto on cover?...wait, it's even funnier when the game gives them names inside...
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
63. Board Game: Body Boggle [Average Rating:5.11 Unranked]
Daniel Planteater
United States
Oregon
flag msg tools
Twister for swingers with a degree in English.
13 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
64. Board Game: Waterworks [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:10403]
Mike Smith-Stoe
United States
Maple Valley
Washington
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
They had been having a friendly family game in the bunker until Mom said, "Looks like you're having another night where you just can't get the pipe laid Honey."

Brother settled in for the fireworks. Sister's stomach tensed. She knew the game was over.


(I blame their family difficulties on them using the tub tray incorrectly.)
15 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
65. Board Game: Quadragammon [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Mikko Karvonen
Finland
Tampere
Tampere
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Just stumbled on this gem on my leisure stroll through the Geek.
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
66. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.52 Overall Rank:11149]
Martin DeOlden
United States
Chino
California
flag msg tools
3D printing available for service at: http://www.3dhubs.com/los-angeles/hubs/martin-chino
mbmbmbmbmb
It was fun enough just watching the boys play.



9 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
67. Board Game: Password [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2643]
Scott Lueck
United States
Wisconsin
flag msg tools
"Motorist, damn it! Motorist!!! Aaaagh!!! I kill you now!!!"
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Prev «  1 , 2 , 3  | 
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Prev «  1 , 2 , 3  | 
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.