Using a distinctive black grid on a white backdrop, it was never going to be particularly aesthetically appealing, but in the Master System's early days Sega decided to double down on this ill-considered choice.
In short: the first batch of Master System games featured some of the worst, laziest, and downright amateurish cover artwork ever seen.
Here are but ten examples of this eye-watering awfulness.
Also, look at the left hand side; the artist hasn't even bothered to finish drawing the body. They've just given up.
Interestingly - or not - this cover inspired a dream I once had. My local ice cream man, Beagan, had been serving my local community my entire life (he only retired a few years back), and even gave me a free lolly after I dropped 50p down a drain as I was trying to pay.
He was a lovely man, and one night I dreamt that his head fell off due to a strong breeze, and he had to balance it atop his neck by wrapping a thick scarf around it.
Or maybe they got the work experience kid to draw it, while slapping him around the back of the head with a folder.
"I've got a much better idea!"
<JOHN RUNS OUT OF THE ROOM SUDDENLY>
"Great. There goes our only artist."