Box Art Reviews: 'LOL,' 'Kawasaki Snowmobiles' And More

Every gamer knows playtime is precious. In our weekly feature "Judged by the Cover," we shallowly judge games strictly by their box art to help consumers sift through the piles of games that come out every week. Here goes...

"LOL" (DS)

What the Box Tells Us: Literally, "Never Party Alone!" In case you didn't get the message, it also says, "Multiplayer only" in parentheses. Even still, there's a logo that assures you "No single player" with a "no" symbol over the number one. Not to mention the black critters with big, scary teeth. For a game called "LOL," there's a lot about it that makes me want to say "STFU" instead.

Love It or Leave It: Leave it.

"Emergency Heroes" (Wii)

What the Box Tells Us: In "Emergency Heroes" (not to be confused with Codemasters' "Emergency Mayhem"), it seems like there's more villainy going on than heroics. For starters, these speeding cars look like they're setting things ablaze in their path, and the car flying off the end of a road is totally about to cause some major headaches.

Love It or Leave It: Leave it.

"The Monkey King: The Legend Begins" [Original Japanese Version Slated for North America] (Wii)

What the Box Tells Us: Floating panda head? Check. Pig holding bazooka? Check. Turtle with the face of infinite sadness? Check. Besides including the monkey king himself, this box art has got everything a gamer could want... and more! (You know, if a gamer wanted ridiculous and random box art.)

Love It or Leave It: Love it.

"The Monkey King: The Legend Begins" [Final North American Version] (Wii)

What the Box Tells Us: Didn't I just say I loved the other one? This new version goes from cool anime to crusty oil painting, and unless the developer Starfish changed the entire look and feel of the game just for us Americans/Canadians, this box art is a gross misrepresentation of what the game looks like. So which is it, UFO Interactive?!?!

Love It or Leave It: Leave it!

"Kawasaki Snowmobiles" (Wii)

What the Box Tells Us: Why is the word "Snowmobiles" in monster truck font? Anyway, this cover art perfectly conveys just how exciting snowmobiling really is (read: not that exciting).

Love It or Leave It: Leave it.


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