|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Destination Software||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Black Lantern||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 29, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Combat is also a surprisingly simple matter. A quick button-press is generally all that's required to dispatch an enemy. Combine that with the overly-simplified platforming elements and you've got yourself one very easy game. Admittedly, it's going to be tougher for its target audience (clearly young children), but the only remotely difficult aspect of this game is making it through the stages without passing out, and even that's not a challenging feat.
There are a couple other gameplay sections that break up the platforming: flying levels; Odie-riding levels (weird, I know); and performance levels. All three are pathetically simple. Flying is just a matter of collecting items as you fly by, and riding around on Odie is a similar item-gathering venture. Performing is slightly more interesting, but even that is fairly unimpressive. It's fails to be rhythm based, sadly, and instead all you have to do is tap icons as the pass across the screen. Again, it's clear that this is not a game targeted toward the traditional gamer. But even for a younger child, I can't imagine these repetitive tasks being all that fun.
But fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), Garfield's Fun Fest is over in a flash. I don't joke when I say there's no more than an hour of core gameplay here, and the collectibles you can get for replaying it are simply not worth it. Even at a budget price, you get the feeling that you've been ripped off once you come all-too-quickly to the boring conclusion. Garfield's Fun Fest is an example of the dev team being really lazy with a title just because it is for kids. >
As a mainstream game, Garfield's Fun Fest is absolutely horrendous, and even as a kid's game it fares little better. A complete lack of effort on the part of the developers has led to a title that has boring, repetitive gameplay, poor sound and visuals, lack of humor or even a mildly entertaining storyline, and a total dearth of value. It's a textbook example of a bad game, and I highly advise against playing, much less purchasing, Garfield's Fun Fest.
CCC Freelance Writer