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Garfield's Scary Scavenger Hunt (Browser)

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Garfield the epicurean cat has been sent to a haunted house in order to collect seven sugary desserts, primarily donuts, presented by sponsor Perfection Pastries. Complicating this cakewalk is a series of spooks and creeps hiding around the grounds; Garfield needs to poke around suspicious nooks and crannies (moving with arrow keys or clicking on a direction pad and on screen hotspots) in order to uncover eight helpful objects (like keys and flashlights) he requires in order to retrieve all the baked goods... unfortunately many of them are as likely to contain a good scare as a handy tool.

Due to his years of a sedentary lifestyle, Garfield's got a weak ticker and if his "Scare-O-Meter" fills up, this scaredy-cat will decide that discretion is the better part of valour even when donuts are on the line, and leave the spooky manor for some easier treats with fewer tricks, ending the game. A few mini-games (safe-cracking, an anagram, a "Simon" tune-reproducing game and an alphabetization problem) help to lend some texture to the gameplay, though puzzle failure results in another few heartbeats closer to cardiac arrest. (Successful completion of a puzzle, on the other hand, calms Garfield down! Perhaps he should bring a Sudoku book along before he ventures into his next haunted house...)

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Garfield's Scary Scavenger Hunt Browser Original splash screen
Garfield's Scary Scavenger Hunt Browser If you get too scared...
Garfield's Scary Scavenger Hunt Browser Setup to the anagram puzzle
Garfield's Scary Scavenger Hunt Browser Neither of these mice is giving very good advice.  As the fridge indicates, the hosts must have been expecting Garfield.

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Jon Arbuckle's roommate Lyman, Odie's original owner, disappeared from the strip as a regular character April 24, 1983, and aside from a cameo appearance in the 10th anniversary strip splash panel June 19, 1988, had been absent from Garfield continuity for nearly 20 years before this game revealed where he'd been all this time -- hankering for a muffin, chained up in the basement dungeon. Scaaaary!

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Pseudo_Intellectual (44554) added Garfield's Scary Scavenger Hunt (Browser) on Sep 18, 2008