Creative Game Box Design: Unusual game boxes designed to look like something else
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Some publishers have come up with some wonderfully creative boxes for games, by designing them to look like something else. It's a kind of creative box design that gives a whole new meaning to the expression "designer games"!

I've got the list started with a few great examples, including a game box that looks like a book, a cigar box, a bullet, and a mustard bottle. But I'm sure there must be many other eligible games out there, and I'd love to see them on this list!

Please add any suitable games that belong on this list (with images if possible). To be eligible for this list, a box needs to be more that just an impressive box, but it must specifically be designed to look like something else.
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51. Board Game: Shaken Up [Average Rating:5.38 Unranked]
Michael Evans
Canada
Nobleton
Ontario
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A dice game packaged in a metal drink shaker.

(I probably should mention, btw, that I kinda specialize in collecting these sorts of games!)

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52. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:563]
Donald Dimitroff
United States
Beltsville
Maryland
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Right now I am feeling very: turbed, pirited, heveled, combobulated, and not tinguished, so don't you dare "dis" me!
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It looks like a box, but it also serves as the game board!



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53. Board Game: The Quest of the Philosopher's Stone [Average Rating:5.41 Overall Rank:9485]
Michael Evans
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Nobleton
Ontario
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This is the first game I ever saw with the box-as-a-book theme.
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54. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:846]
Donald Dimitroff
United States
Beltsville
Maryland
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Right now I am feeling very: turbed, pirited, heveled, combobulated, and not tinguished, so don't you dare "dis" me!
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Another game in which the box is in disguise as the game board.

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55. Board Game: Hot Property! [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
Michael Evans
Canada
Nobleton
Ontario
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Plastic game case shaped like a Movie Reel case.
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56. Board Game: The Reel to Reel Picture Show [Average Rating:3.75 Unranked]
Michael Evans
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Nobleton
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And similarly...
Also with card boxes printed to look like film storage cases.
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57. Board Game: The Book of Classic Board Games [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
J Chav
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Murray
Utah
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Target offers a lot of classic games in book shape... that way you can hide the fact you own these crappy classic games.
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58. Board Game: Dim Sum Derby [Average Rating:6.38 Unranked]
Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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Another Chinese carry-out box....
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59. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:148]
Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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The first and second edition bear rather different appearances, but both are designed to look more like filed artifacts and information than a game box.
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60. Board Game: Monkey Dash [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:5473]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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The Monkey Dash box looks like a crate - it even comes with packing straw in the box!!
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61. Board Game: Scrabble Apple [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:9316]
Timothy Young
United States
Ogden
UT
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I guess we can't have Bananagrams and Appletters without this one too.
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62. Board Game: Bootleggers [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:823]
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The side of Bootleggers is designed to look like a wooden crate of whiskey. Unfortunately there aren't any images in the gallery that do it justice, but trust me, it looks awesome sitting on the shelf w/your other games. Maybe I should take a photo of the side when I get back home!

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63. Board Game: Fragile [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4835]
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Another one designed to look like a wooden crate, and another one with packing straw in it too!



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64. Board Game: Yahtzee Free for All [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2392]
Peter Wiles
United States
Oakland
Illinois
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The box is shaped to look like a die

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65. Board Game: Sherlock Deluxe [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:7004]
Peter Wiles
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Oakland
Illinois
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The box for the deluxe version of Sherlock is shaped like a book

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66. Board Game: Have You Herd? [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:8367]
Michael Evans
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Cylinder package made to look like a farm silo.
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67. Board Game: Liebrary [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:6461]
Robert Foose
United States
Batrop
Louisiana
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Yet another "Game Box as Book" entry.
Inside the card holders are designed to mimic a card catalog. Anyone remember those?

Looks great on the shelf and a fun party game as well.
The designer isn't hard on the eyes either
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68. Board Game: Hi Ho! Cherry-O [Average Rating:3.49 Overall Rank:11163]
Chris Stanton
England
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Not this version obviously but the more recent MB version is designed to look like a book
(No image of it could be found- will have to dig out the camera at some point)
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69. Family: Flipsiders
Michael Evans
Canada
Nobleton
Ontario
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A series of kids' mini-games packaged in plastic cases designed to look like audio tape cassettes.

The gameboard slides out of the storage slot in the bottom edge of the case, the 'tape reels' function as spring-activated randomizer spinners, and the tiny magnetic player tokens are stored in a small compartment in the top edge of the case.
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70. Board Game: Subway Vigilante [Average Rating:4.67 Unranked]
Michael Evans
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Nobleton
Ontario
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Published by Paperback Games, who had intended to put out a series of games with a box size and side panel graphics that made them resemble paperback books.

However, this ended up being the only game they released.

Considering the subject matter, perhaps that was just as well!

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71. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1199]
Michael Evans
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Nobleton
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Game designer Dirk Henn packaged the games he published, through his own company db-Spiel, in fairly basic book-boxes.

No graphics to speak of to suggest a book, just the curved spine/hinge and book cover/lid.

I'm not sure if the small leather strap that is used to hold the game lid closed is supposed to evoke a book or not.
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72. Board Game: Hour of Glory: Stronghold Kit [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:3486]
Peter Wiles
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Oakland
Illinois
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This is made to look like something.. is it an ammo box?

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73. Board Game: Fictionaire [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:4017]
Adam Brocker
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Gilbert
AZ
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With all of the stories on this one, I'm surprised this hadn't been posted sooner.

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74. Board Game: Catch Of The Day [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Connie
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New York
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This game is packaged in a plastic fish! It's also neat how a bunch of copies look together in the display.


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75. Board Game: Monopoly: Indiana Jones [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:7546]
Jim McMahon
United States
West Springfield
Massachusetts
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OK, it's Monopoly, but in a nifty wooden crate much like the Ark was transported in.

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