The Trivial Eye: Atari 2600 Box Art

by Jason Toon

The fanciful/deceptive artwork on Atari 2600 game packaging wasn't just a marketing come-on. It was an essential component of the gameplay itself, often the only way for us to know whether a certain clump of squares was supposed to be a dragon, a spaceship, or a linebacker. Peruse the gallery of kitsch classics below (all from boxes for Atari-manufactured games - no Activision, Imagic, etc.) and see how many you can name. One thing is certain: all of them were much more exciting than the games themselves.

Answers can be found by clicking here. Please post your answers, or arguments, below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.