Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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A kind of town building game but with more of a focus on completing tasks given to you by characters, Garfield: Survival of the Fattest is at least fairly colorful. It offers a dark sense of humor too, much like the comic strips it’s based on. You complete tasks for Garfild, Jon, Odie, and more, with many culminating in a brief comic strip. These are reasonably entertaining and easily one of the better parts of the game. This side of things reminded me why I used to love reading the comic strips, but the rest of the game reminded me why I’m not so keen on this format.
Completing each task is mostly a matter of tapping on an object in order to collect some resources, before placing a building or invention, then waiting for the timer to expire so that it completes. Sometimes, you have to complete character based tasks too, such as getting Jon to workout which again involves waiting for a timer. It’s not a particularly exciting experience.
Things get slightly more interesting when you come across some mini-games but they’re fairly simple fodder and not overly thrilling past the initial early seconds.
The main reason why you’ll be vaguely enticed by Garfield: Survival of the Fattest is because of its comic strips and unlocking new characters. The latter works like The Simpsons: Tapped Out does, luring you into unlocking your favorite characters. It’ll take a long time though, and it's ultimatelya title you’ve seen and played before.