Aug 6, 2012
Following the launch of Garfield’s Diner, game makers Web Prancer added yet another lovable game. Garfield’s Defense is a funny tower defense game where Garfield needs to ward off invaders from conquering his prized possession – the fridge.
First of all, I love that the graphics quality in this game is better than the SD mode in Garfield’s Diner. This makes for a better gaming experience, along with its cute graphics and clever animation.
Second, the game is playable without going for in-app purchases. This, however, comes with a price – and that price is making the game a bit more challenging. Sometimes one might have to play a level several times to get through the next one. This being said, I did not mind losing repeatedly because every round is as entertaining as it is tough.
As in any other tower defense game, the main hero (Garfield) needs to defend his home (refrigerator) using his army (Odie, among others) and weapons (toy cars, boxing gloves, etc.). There is a popcorn machine that determines which army or weapon is available after a few seconds of waiting (minimum is 5 seconds). Garfield himself initially has a rolled up newspaper for hitting enemies in close quarters, which can be upgraded for something more painful (like a rolling pin or a frying pan) as long as one has enough cookies. Yes, cookies are the currency of this game.
The alien invaders are also outlandishly comical, with equally humorous weapons of their own. This does not mean, however, that they are easily defeated. To succeed, it takes quick, well-timed decisions on which army to use, when to use a certain weapon and so on. One also has to think long and hard before upgrading or buying items from the store, as this will determine the chances of surviving the next round.
Since Garfield is programmed to “attack automatically”, the game controls are as simple as tapping on either sides to move him back and forth, but it sometimes does not respond as fast as I want it to. However, tapping on boxes to activate an army or a special weapon works okay without any issues.
As mentioned earlier, in-app purchases also exist for this game although one might not need it much. But for impatient gamers who want to get ahead, cookies are available to buy at the Play Store.
It’s not really clear how many levels there are – but unlocked items usually hold the clue. Because of this and the degree of difficulty, this can either motivate gamers to keep playing it, or make them give up entirely. In my case, I was able to hang on until Stage 21 with no intentions of backing down.
Garfield’s Defense might be cute and it can easily be classified as something meant to be played by kids. This is not the case at all. The level of difficulty is enough for it to be engaging but not too much that it gets frustrating. With great graphics and interesting characters, this game is a good addition to the tower defense genre.