Hello, and welcome back to this review of Garfield: The Search For Pooky! Guess what? The torture continues with the second half. So far, we've had a few scenes of Garfield searching for Pooky... and many scenes where he completely forgets his goal. You know, Garfield... if you want to save your teddy bear, maybe you should at least give a damn.
|This Monday, I share your pain, Garfield. Can't|
tell about the next Mondays, but... Just for
this one, it's a certainty. I hate it.
|Jump, shake that grease!|
|Yay, victory! Enjoy it while it lasts...|
You gotta be freaking kidding me.
All this search for Pooky, all these levels that went nowhere, this whole game... all this was just a Shaggy Dog story? Garfield's teddy bear was in his house all along? Garfield crossed the neighborhood, he faced the dangers of the city, he stormed a shopping mall, he endangered car drivers, he ripped apart armchairs, he collected chickens in an infuriatingly painful and long level, he did more stuff... AND ALL THIS WAS FREAKING POINTLESS? Screw you, game! Screw you in every possible way!
No, not that one. God, I wish. This last boss is pretty nasty, and it's almost as big as Garfield. Also, Garfield only has his lame attacks to use against it, while it is equipped with... a briefcase. Look out, a briefcase! It can still be defeated... relatively easily. Just wish you didn't waste all your lives in the horribly designed levels of the attic...
Once the mouse is defeated, it finally hands Pooky back. What happens after? Garfield goes to sleep with his teddy bear, and it ends on this cute little note.
BULLSHIT! THIS GAME SUCKS! IT SUCKS, IT STINKS, IT'S AWFUL, IT'S CRAPPY, IT IS AN INSULT TO GARFIELD FAR, FAR GREATER THAN THE TWO LIVE-ACTION FILMS, IT IS AN INSULT TO THE WORKS OF JIM DAVIS, IT IS ONE OF THE WORST! GAMES! I HAVE! EVER! PLAYED! I never thought I'd say this someday, without any form of censoring or disguising, but I'm gonna say it. Garfield: The Search For Pooky, you mark the very first time I ever say this on my blog about a video game: FUCK YOU!
|Picture taken from the intro. Thanks for this, game.|
Ah... I feel relieved. Finally, I got that out of my system. Now that my hatred has been spewed out, I guess I can wrap this up by saying why this game sucks. In case I didn't repeat it enough times already.
While at first it seemed like a good idea to use the comic's pictures to make up the sprites, in the end some of the sprites seem unpolished, and while the main character couldn't possibly be more recognizable in a 2D platformer thanks to this idea, it's still kind of silly to see the results when, as an example, spiders or mice can be almost the size of Garfield, or Garfield is almost the size of Jon's mom.
|Also, can you make any sense of this level selection screen?|
No? I thought so.
Even though I can admit that the backgrounds and the environments look nice, that's pretty much all I can say about them. The sprites are very detailed for the most part, but that's their only positive point. Even the music, which wasn't so bad at the beginning, eventually becomes unnerving and repetitive after a while.
|Even Garfield is angry. That's saying a lot.|
I don't think I need to say that I might have found the worst game in my collection so far... I mean it: One of the worst games I own, people. And it's guilty of a crime even worse than anything else: It has tainted my nostalgic vision of an icon of my childhood. More than the two live-action films EVER did. And for this, it sucks even more. If I was the kind of guy to destroy the bad games, I would give it the mallet treatment. But I'm not, so I'll put it in the little Ziploc bag of shame.
And if you ever see this game being sold at a used games store, please convince the merchant to toss it in the trash can. Because this game is better off never played.
Screw this game.