Garfield's Defense: Attack of the Food Invaders
Does the cat get the cream in this new Garfield adventure?
Fans who grew up with Garfield in the 1980s will be immediately forgiven for approaching a new franchised mobile game with suspicion. Many have tried, but few have even come close to providing a worthy tribute to the beloved and sardonic, lasagne-loving cat.
Garfield's Defense: Attack of the Food Invaders is a side-scrolling combat game, packed with upgrades and level progression, where you fight off the many invaders who would steal Garfield's favorite foods. The first thing that'll impress even those with just a passing knowledge of the much-loved cartoon series is just how perfectly drawn and fluid the animations are in the game.
Combat is basic as you patrol the house left and right, and Garfield's ranged and auto-attacks trigger whenever you walk him within a set distance of the patrolling packs. As well as steering him around the house, your main job is to trigger the special attacks that have cooldowns, and summon friends to join in the fray.
Garfield's not alone in defending the kitchen and past rivalries are set aside for the purpose of protecting the all-important food. Sheldon's an early ally and delivers a swift kick to the kneecaps of any invaders who get in his way, so that you can sit back at a ranged distance and throw forks until your special moves power up again. Even Odie lends a helping hand in later levels.
You select which friends you might like to summon before starting a level, and each one costs a different amount of popcorn currency to bring into play. The invaders will of course do their best to snatch this popcorn away from you if you let them live for long enough, so you can't hang around and just wait for your friends to turn up and make things easier for you.
Collect the cookies that occasionally drop from bested enemies and you can invest them into leveling Garfield up so he has more health, for example, or making your special attacks more powerful. Garfield's first special move, a boxing-glove-in-a-box, packs a limited punch at first but a couple of upgrades makes it much more useful.
This is pretty primitive gaming at heart, and it'll be the lure of unlocking familiar characters that keeps you coming back for more, rather than the thrill of the actual fight. It's a fun diversion for the kids though, and packs in more fun than the franchise has typically managed in previous game releases.
What's Hot: The characters have been brought to life magnificently on mobiles, and all of your favorites are included.
What's Not: What's Not: Repetitive gameplay and a lack of tutorials for younger players.