Garfield - Living Large!

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Appeasing grumpy cat is fun, but expect in-app purchases.

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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.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

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. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the object of Garfield - Living Large! is to make the cantankerous cat happy by feeding him, playing with him, grooming him, dressing him up, and taking his picture. The free app includes toys for Garfield to play with, but the rest of the content requires an in-app purchase to unlock. Even after paying, kids will see in-app ads if they're connected to the Internet. The privacy policy advises not to play while connected to the Internet to avoid the ads.

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What's it about?

Garfield is grumpy, but he has some ideas of what will make him happy. If kids give him what he's thinking of, his happy meter goes up. If not, he stays grumpy. Kids can take him through different rooms in his house, feeding him in the kitchen, grooming him in the bathroom, dressing him in his room, and playing with him in the living room. They can take his picture with different background scenes and with different friends, too.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Ask kids what they think of Garfield's attitude when he doesn't get what he wants.

  • Should people (or cats) get whatever they want to be happy?​

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (In-app purchases unlock different play packs, ranging from $2.99 to $4.99 to unlock one category (like food or toys) or $7.99 to unlock everything.)
  • Release date: May 10, 2014
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Topics: Book Characters, Cats, Dogs, and Mice
  • Size: 74.60 MB
  • Publisher: Budge Studios
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later

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