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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Scary Game Cover: Fantasy Aquarium World

Okay, we have all seen terrible cover arts for video game cases. They are pretty common and can happen to both big triple-A games as well as low-budget independent games. But to see a truly horrific one that can actually hurt you really deep inside and threaten to take away your sanity is rare. Whenever I find one, I will write about it on this site so that I would not be the only person who had to suffer from the madness of a Scary Game Cover!


Fantasy Aquarium World
Developer: Destineer
Release Date: 05/15/2009

Just look at that cover... It's a total mind-f%&k. Pardon my French. Just imagine this sitting on a store shelf. From far away, you can only see the beautiful little fish but just as you are about to pick up the game case, the possessed shark - just look at the crazy eye - suddenly jumps at you from the blue backdrop and you shriek in fear, thinking that you are about to lose your pretty video gaming fingers. I can definitely see where they are going with this: an aquarium game needs something exciting on the cover so that people would buy the game but this is just too much! When the shark shock begins to dissipate, the mind would then shift back to the cute little fish. Oh no! The cutie is about to be shark food and it doesn't even know the danger that is lurking behind it. You know the cutie is really going to get it because that big guy is a really smart shark. Notice how the shark cleverly keeps its dorsal fin fully submerged underwater to avoid humans from detecting that it is ready to strike! Remember that the next time you go swimming in the ocean.

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