Garfield’s Diner Review

Garfield’s Diner Review

Jul 24, 2012

If this was any other cooking game, I would have ignored it. But seeing that this particular one was made to celebrate Garfield’s 34th birthday, I gave it a chance. Surprisingly, Garfield’s Diner is a fast-paced, delightfully fun experience. From the name of the game itself, the whole idea is to help Garfield and his friends serve customers in his diner.

The game starts out with one default server – Jon. As one completes the levels and earns enough money, there will be other characters to “buy” to serve customers better. The game has two currencies – human money and Garfield coins. Human money is earned by playing the game, while Garfield coins are for sale in the Play Store, or one can get some coins for free by downloading and playing other games.

The game has two modes for graphics quality – SD (Standard Definition) and HD (High Definition). Some phones support HD, while other lower end ones might be limited only to SD mode. Thankfully, my HTC Sensation was able to run in HD mode – and I must say there is a huge difference between the two. In HD mode, graphics are clear and crisp, while SD mode has some amount of pixelation.

The levels are easy to complete and is just a matter of tapping on customers as fast as possible. In each level, there is a specific goal to meet. One example would be earning $300, another one might be serving 15 customers, and so forth. Once this is accomplished, a player moves on to the next level. Each customer who comes in the diner immediately has a food indicator (appears on top of their head) to let the player know their order. The player must then drag that customer to the appropriate table. The customer’s food indicator will now turn into an exclamation mark, and the player must tap on that for any available server to accommodate him. Once the customer is done, he then proceeds to the counter to pay. Again, he will have an exclamation mark to tap on so a server can perform the transaction. Before the start of each level, the playing area will be highlighted with arrows and dollar signs. This means that a player can either upgrade (arrows) or buy items (dollars) for the diner. These items can be furniture to help seat waiting guests, or additional tables for different kinds of food.

It’s not the best cooking game out there, but Garfield enthusiasts would definitely want to try this out. Garfield’s Diner is a novelty game, and it may be a bit too easy for adults to play. Although it’s not that challenging, it is quite a challenge to upgrade one’s diner without buying Garfield coins. Characters (like Garfield himself) can only be bought using coins, and not the human money earned throughout the game.  However, if you don’t mind paying a few bucks (or downloading other games), then this game should continue to entertain – but maybe not as much as Garfield’s comic-strip wisdom.