Publisher Microids entered into an agreement awhile back that would see them release several video games based on the Garfield license. They started with Garfield Kart and have now followed up with their second game Garfield Lasagna Party from developer Balio Studio. Here is my review of the PlayStation 5 version of this new party game.
If Garfield Kart was the Garfield version of Mario Kart, then Garfield Lasagna Party would be the Garfield version of Mario Party. This game consists of 32 mini-games that you can play with up to four players locally but sadly no online play is present. There are three modes present in this game with the main one being the board game mode where you’ll move about and play mini-games while doing so. The other two are Challenge Mode where you can just play mini-games against other players and Competition Mode where you can choose a certain number of mini-games to be played to see who can win the championship.
The main mode is where I spent most of my time with the objective here being to move around the board and get as much lasagna as you possibly can along the way. Each player gets their turn to throw the dice and have their character move spaces and depending on what you land on different things may happen. Just like Mario Party there are items you can use to either help yourself or hurt your opponent. Just like Mario Party, after everyone takes their turn, you play one of the 32 mini-games to see who can earn the most lasagna from it. These mini-games play well for the most part and just like Mario Party some are more fun than others. One has you rolling around on snowballs atop an icy platform trying to bump the other players off, one has you trying to hit music notes, while another has you trying to draw along a line while messing up as little as possible.
So, while there are a decent number of mini-games and they can be quite fun the problem I have with this game is the severe lack of content. Something I always complain about with Mario Party is that there are never enough boards for my liking. Well, this game here is worse than any Mario Party as there is only the one single board to play on. Not only is there only one board but there is nothing to unlock in this game at all. You get four playable characters with those being Garfield, Odie, Arlene, and Nermal and that’s it. I mean they could’ve added Jon as an unlockable character or someone else from the Garfield universe. With only the one board, the three modes, no online support, and four characters this really feels like slim pickings especially for the asking price.
Visually the game looks decent for a Garfield game and there is a nice variety in locations while playing mini-games. The actual action while moving around the board can be kind of boring though so adding more effects and things to that part would be welcome if they make another one of these. The audio is forgettable though with not many sound effects to speak of, no voice acting, and just OK music. Trophy hunters will find 30+ of them to earn including a Platinum. It’s a very easy list that will just have you trying to earn first place in the various mini-games.
Garfield Lasagna Party is a Mario Party clone with some fun mini-games but ultimately lacks enough content to be worth recommending. I had fun with quite a few of the mini-games but there is only so much enjoyment I can get out of this when there is just one board, no online play, and nothing to unlock. It’s worth picking this up on a deep sale but at the release price I think you can find better value for a party game elsewhere.
*Garfield Lasagna Party is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.