A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
No reading is required. Kids drag, tap, and turn objects and follow Garfield's thought-bubble instructions to keep him happy.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild cartoon violence includes Garfield kicking a rubber ducky.
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Products & Purchases
Even when the full version is unlocked with a $7.99 in-app purchase, kids will see pop-up ads after taking Garfield's picture.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The free version includes some of the toys, which are enough to make Garfield happy, but unlocking the grooming, feeding, photo-taking, and dressing-up packs, as well as more toys, requires an in-app purchase. Watching Garfield's responses when he gets what he wants is fun, but watching when he doesn't get what he wants is even more fun. The in-app purchase packs can get quite pricey, and, although all the interactions are fun to watch, they're not likely to amuse kids for very long after they've seen them once or twice. The overall message of giving someone anything they want just to make them happy is questionable. That, with the pricey in-app purchases and advertising, puts GARFIELD - LIVING LARGE! in the midrange on the grumpy-happy meter.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.