Repairing Video Game Boxes with the “Retro Hot Plate”

Repairing Video Game Boxes with the “Retro Hot Plate”

February 28, 2022 0 By retrogamingdev

Repairing Crushed Big Box Games with the “Retro Hot Plate”

Squashed, flattened, broken or torn cardboard game boxes can be heart breaking and I appear to own more than most. Often they are included with a donated system, languishing at the bottom of a box. So I thought I’d try to make good some of the examples I have by coming up with a technique to straighten them out. I’m sure we can refine this further in time but I’m pretty happy with the results so far, it just needs a name!



  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:24 Testing out some techniques to repair boxes
  • 04:44 Who are
  • 05:04 A device to repair squashed big box games
  • 10:15 Repairing Lotus 2 squashed game box
  • 13:34 Fixing lots of squashed big box games
  • 16:26 Conclusion on fixing squashed cardboard boxes
  • 19:07 A 60 second game restoration