Games with strange/funny cover art or photos
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The title says it all and is intended to be a fun list. Not all games qualify for the same reason of having a stupid front or back cover. Some of them because of a UNINTENTIONALLY ridiculous/funny effect on the observer. Others could be even offensive to some geeks.
In all cases you doubt that the marketing responsible of these publishers still has got his job... (kidding)
However I admit that I only ASSUME that the effect is unintentional, so this list may provoke contradiction.
I don't use "stupid" to qualify something as bad or negative when it's funny or at least hilarious. But when it was unintended then I consider it as a flaw in design.

Let's see what I've found in the database. Feel free to add games yourself, but do not add explicit children games like "my first rummikub" because such games have always comic style covers that are not necessarily stupid.
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1. Board Game: Doctor Who [Average Rating:5.29 Unranked]
Dan Rosewater
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Let's start with (stupid) funny facial expressions...
(no offence to the actor, but somebody must have told him to look this way. And the one who did must been thinking that this would be useful to sell more games, but imho this was not such a great idea)
 
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2. Board Game: Slime Monster Game [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
Dan Rosewater
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again: look at this facial expressions
(the same reasons as above why I choose this cover)
 
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3. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
Dan Rosewater
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it's not the front that is ridiculous but the back, three words: unnatural facial expression

http://images.funagain.com/back/medium/04180.jpg
 
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4. Board Game: Scream Machine [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4494]
Dan Rosewater
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thanks to the jolly roger-logo this is a true roller-coaster to death devil
 
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5. Board Game: Time's Up! [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:381]
Dan Rosewater
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The people on this cover look all paranoid or schizo... so this cover would be more suitable for the game "Therapy" laugh
 
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6. Board Game: Hitler's War [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3766]
Dan Rosewater
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How many people were killed because of Hitler?
While perhaps in America this cover offences nobody, in Europe geeks get into a temper about this greeting pose and the nazi crosses. In Germany this cover would be even against the law. There are many games about WWII which show panzers or battleships that offend nobody, would be a more diplomatic choice for a "game". thumbsdown
 
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7. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.81 Overall Rank:15126]
Dan Rosewater
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YES, it's Busen Memo! This time it is the other way round. While in Europe you don't have to cover such nudity with black tape, it seems a "must" in US, because nudity may be offensive. So it's not the nudity that makes this cover stupid but the censorship applied (imho).
 
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8. Board Game: Grand Mastermind [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:11649]
David Chapman
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And the award for All-Time Cheesiest Cover goes to...

(Runners-up: all other Mastermind variants.)
 
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9. Board Game: Letter Head [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:9591]
Snooze Fest
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Hillsborough
North Carolina
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This is more like a game system - a bunch of cards with letters, and a scoring system. You can play all sorts of word games with it. I've only tried a few of the games with instructions included, and they were fun. But this cover is ridiculous! What the heck does it have to do with word games??
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10. Board Game: Monty's Gamble: Market Garden [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:2985]
Dan Dolan
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The Supercar Puppet gets dragged out of retierment for this cover. Which is the only bad thing about this game.
 
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11. Board Game: Europa 1945-2030 [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6089]
Jordan Pratt
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Ummm....yeah. I think perhaps this might fit.
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12. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
Steven Chen
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How bout this one?

To be fair the Mayfair version has a much better looking cover though.. 'better looking'...
 
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13. Board Game: 6 Billion [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:13795]
Ray Jankowski
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Overland Park
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I like this game, but the cover IS kinda strange (to me anyway)
 
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14. Board Game: Flowerpower [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2426]
 
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Um...the flowerface people are weird enough, but I don't really get the idea of not coloring in the lines. Makes it look very 3rd graderish. Side of the box and interior art is nice, if you don't mind a sweety sweety flowery looking game.
 
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15. Board Game: Trias [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1679]
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How about a pair of copulating dinos?
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16. Board Game: Bulge [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:8230]
Martin Davis
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Bremerton
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It's the Army's biggest hit on Broadway. Grenades, guns and Germans - This show has it all.

 
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17. Board Game: Tennis Masters [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10674]
Morgan Dontanville
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The picture on the geek here doesn't do the cover justice. You can still see how disfigured the guy is, but somehow the color saturation was lost and the cover is mearly ugly rather than eye-burstingly painful.

"I play tennis."
"Yeah, do you prefer clay or grass?"
"Oh, no, I only play on lox."

 
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18. Board Game: Material World [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:12131]
Peter Schott
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Where are they doing? Certainly not playing this game...
(The picture is from the back of the box)
 
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19. Board Game: Imperator [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:13599]
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The King of Kings cover depicts a typical game night at my place ;-)
 
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20. Board Game: Snit's Revenge [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4483]
Jeff Digman
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I propose that this game fits well in this category!
 
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21. Board Game: Dingus [Average Rating:4.58 Unranked]
Michael Debije
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I always liked the photoshop play on the Dingus model.
 
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22. Board Game: Shapes Up [Average Rating:5.86 Unranked]
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just another example of exaggerated facial expression (but at least in a friendly way).
 
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23. Board Game: Tripoley [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:13111]
Michael Evans
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A definite contender for "Cheesiest Media Tie-in" cover art.

Taking a publicity photo of the Cartwright family playing poker and sticking the Michigan Rummy/Tripoly board in.
 
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