Namco Bandai have just released a new Garfield game onto the iTunes and Google Play stores. Nothing wrong with that other than the style of game. A running game featuring Garfield? Really? Whomever was project manager on this probably has no clue who Garfield is, or the, lack of, motivation he faces every day in the comic strips.
Sure, the story line allows Namco Bandai a loophole to slink through on the lack of understanding the license but at what cost? They did design the game for lazy gamers though, featuring “one touch gameplay” as touted in the promo video below and their press release.
Personally, I don’t think I will be able to enjoy this game. It just doesn’t seem “Garfield-y” to me. Unlike other licenses that moved their primary character to new genres of gaming, this one will probably flop. Successful moves in the profession world include Mario in Dr. Mario, Pokemon in Pokemon Puzzle League and Link to a side-scroller in Zelda II (okay, the last one is just to make sure people didn’t fall asleep like Garfield over this news post).
We have covered Garfield games before and they have been good, stuff that you would think Garfield, or at least the world he lives in would have available. Somewhat believable stuff for the license.
Running game fans, or Garfield die-hards, here you go. Everyone else, have you played Plants vs Zombies today?
Garfield’s Wild Ride by Namco Bandai
Platform: Android and iOS
Genre: Sidescrolling Endless Runner
Rated: Everyone on Google Play and 9+ on iTunes.
Available now on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.