Another year, another countdown, another birthday. And I’m boxing it all up, tying a nice little bow around it, and turning the ripe old age of 32 with a celebration of 32 BRILLIANT examples of FANTASTIC video game box art. Join me, won’t you?
Faery Tale Adventure (1987) – I was shit scared of Faery Tale Adventure when I was a kid, so much so that in Year 1 of Junior Primary School I wrote a story about it called “My Vivid Imagination” in which I was haunted by the ghost of the eldest and bravest brother, Julien. He’d haunt me from outside my bedroom window, would appear on the computer monitor in the middle of the night, and would appear at the foot of my bed when I was asleep. Strange that, because the game’s box art gave no indication of it being a horror game, insomuch as it gave the indication that it was a swords and sorcery and dragon’s your uncle fantasy game. And of course resistance was futile, because along with my fascination with knights and castles came the obvious obsession with big hulking bloody dragons. And honestly dragons do not come as mean-looking as the one the box of the game, what with its talons, f**k off teeth, and glowing mouth.
History would have it though that the Faery Tale Adventure wasn’t a horror game, but so scarred was I by encountering the ghost of my brother Julian who had died only moments before, that I never did get very far. So needless to say that big-arse dragon on the box was the only one I ever encountered.
And Rest In Peace Julian. I hardly knew ye.
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