Pixowl, developer of The Sandbox, has announced the release of Garfield: Survival of the Fattest on iOS devices. Developed in partnership with Paws, Inc., Jim Davis’ company (the creator of Garfield), the simulation game asks players to help the iconic fat cat avoid losing weight, after Jon takes the family into the wilderness to survive off of the land.
Garfield: Survival of the Fattest combines the humor of the Garfield cartoons with modern gameplay mechanics, similar to those in titles like The Simpsons: Tapped Out. That is, players will collect multiple characters from the Garfield universe over time, and can send each one to work individually, completing quests as they clear and expand their campground. Players will help Jon live a healthier lifestyle, as he encourages Garfield to do the same, while Garfield and friends will do anything they can to avoid dieting.
Players’ campgrounds will start simply, with a tent, well and fruit trees, but will expand as Garfield works to industrialize the forest and unlock additional food options, including pies, pizza and coffee. Gamers will unlock over 30 food items as they play the game, and can use base ingredients to craft new recipes, all in the name of keeping Garfield plump. In addition to coins, players will collect water as a separate currency, and can use this water to increase the productivity of trees over time.
Garfield: Survival of the Fattest launches alongside three mini-games for additional gameplay. The first is the Spider Cave, which sees players tapping on spiders and other bugs to keep them away from Garfield’s food. More mini-games will be added in the future.
Many of the game’s tasks take time to complete, but these timers can be skipped using Lasagna, the game’s premium currency. Players earn free premium currency over time, as they collect food in bulk and throw fiestas celebrating Garfield’s weight.
In a statement, Garfield’s creator, Jim Davis, commented on the game:
Pixowl’s Garfield: Survival of the Fattest plays like an animated cartoon, complete with many of the beloved characters from the fat cat’s universe. It provides the most vast, wonderfully casual, immersive experience players will ever encounter in a Garfield game to date.
Garfield: Survival of the Fattest is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store.