Most adventure games on smartphones are often designed with leveled learning curves to allow the player to get through stages progressively. Garfield's Defense, however, seems to bring back the same hard times that old gamers have experienced during the time of 16-bit screens.
The smooth, seamless motion and color palettes of the game's interface make it seem like you're simply watching an episode of "Garfield." We have even used an Android 3.2 unit, which makes gameplay a lot more fluid (though it can be used on older Android units). The game's mechanics are very enjoyable and there are lots of things that you can do to progress levels. Collecting different unconventional weapons is one thing, but you can also "hire" other characters to aid you in defeating the aliens. Even with help it isn't a sure thing you'll easily advance to the next level. We found the game both highly addictive and a bit frustrating when we got stuck in a level; it took some time and dedication to advance.
Garfield's Defense looks cute but it's still a pretty hard adventure game. Don't expect to move easily through the levels just because the game is based on a cartoon cat. If you like a challenge, Garfield's Defense offers beautifully rendered graphics and increasingly tough levels to conquer.