Garfield's Fun Fest



Very short, uninspired side-scrolling platformer.

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Violence & scariness

Cartoon mischief - Garfield swats spiders, dogs, and mailmen.

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This game is based on a DVD movie of same title.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is based on a DVD movie of the same name and contains mild cartoon violence when Garfield swats spiders, dogs, and the mailman. The game is a very easy, short side-scrolling platformer that a DS-savvy kid could play through in less than a day.

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What's it about?

This is a side-scrolling platformer based on the DVD movie title of the same name. Garfield's long-time love interest Arlene has been swept off her dainty feline feet by a cat named Ramone, and Garfield is determined to win Arlene's affection back by beating Ramone in the Fun Fest competition. This story is very loosely associated to the gameplay.

To play GARFIELD'S FUN FEST, Garfield and Odie traipse through sidescrolling levels in game using the Nintendo DS face buttons and D-pad. The touch screen is used only during the mini-games where you tap cue cards in time with the music. Like many 2-D platformers, this is a game where Garfield must walk and jump. If Garfield jumps on Odie, he can ride on Odie's back and the two combined can jump higher and farther than if Garfield is proceeding on his own. The action is all timed. One of the objectives is to find food for Garfield to eat to keep his strength up. If the pair fail, Garfield falls asleep and then Odie must find an alarm clock within a short period of time to wake him up. During the game, Garfield will swats spiders, dogs, and the occasional mailman.

Is it any good?


Garfield's Fun Fest is an uninspired game. This gameplay is repetitive and the levels are too short. There are no voice-overs and little very little sound. Except for the mini-game in which Garfield performs, there is no music.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Garfield and Odie have to work together to complete a mission. Why is teamwork effective? Does this game do a good job of representing the characters from the comic strip?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Destination Software
Release date:July 29, 2008
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo DS)

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