Garfield: Caught in the Act

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Garfield: Caught in the Act
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Windows PC
ROM size:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
1995-11Media:6-Pak MD US Manual.pdf[1] $? 1556
Sega Mega Drive
1995-12 £? 1556-50
Sega Mega Drive
1995 $? FGAR02SMC
Sega Mega Drive
199x R$? 046990

Sega Game Gear
$44.99Media:GamePro US 078.pdf[2] 2560
Sega Game Gear
£29.99 2560-50
Sega Game Gear
?F 2560-50
Sega Game Gear
DM ? 2560-50
Sega Game Gear
?Ptas 2560-50
Sega Game Gear
R$? 077290

Windows PC
$? 85023
Windows PC
US (Expert Software)
$? T-6803-01

Garfield: Caught in the Act is a platformer game starring the characters from the Garfield comic series. It was released for the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear in 1995, and was brought to Windows in 1996 as a stand-alone title as well as through the Sonic & Garfield Pack.

A port to the Sega 32X under the title of Garfield in TV Land was planned, but scrapped, though the name was still used in some later re-releases.


Odie scares Garfield while he is watching television, and he ends up falling on the television. In a rushed effort to repair the television before Jon catches them, Garfield and Odie attempt to put the banged up and broken pieces together. They did actually put something together, but it was far from being a real television. As Garfield throws away the spare pieces, they become an electronic monster, the Glitch. The Glitch transports Garfield into the television. Now he must defeat the Glitch and make his way out.


The original Mega Drive game features six levels. Sega Channel subscribers could download Garfield: The Lost Levels, that featured 3 different levels.

The Game Gear version includes eight levels, two of which appear in the Lost Levels. There is only one type of bonus stage (accessed by finding an icon of Arlene's face in each level), in which you try to wreck everything in Jon's living room within a time limit to get an extra life. Garfield does not have different outfits in each level, and the attacks are the same in all levels (his close-range is a punch, and the projectile are stones). There are no invincibility items. In the between-level segments, you do not take damage from the obstacles; instead, they teleport you back to the start of that segment.

In the PC, there is a new level, Alien Landscape, and the Mega Drive levels are arranged in a different order.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game credits
Sega Interactive Development
  • Lead Programmer: Michael Fernie
  • Lead Artists: Michael Chung, Art Wong
  • Programmers: Kevin Burley, Ala D. Diaz, John LaSalvia, Pravin Wagh
  • Artists: Robert Barrett, Kathleen Bruno, Sandra B. Christensen, Petra Evers, Maureen Kringen, Michael Tamura, Rob Titus
  • Music Director: Tristan des Prés
  • Music: Tristan des Prés, Dwight Stone, Jeffrey Glenn Tveraas
  • Sound Effects: David Delia, Jeffrey Glenn Tveraas
  • Audio Programmer: James Dobson
  • Project Managers: David Brooks, Frank Hsu
  • Special Thanks: Carmen Bayacal, Rachel Wong Coleman, Kenneth C. Dullea III, Jack Loh, Nancy Nakamoto, Rodney Nakamoto
Sega of America
  • Original Design: Rhonda Van, Sega Interactive, Waterman Designs
  • Additional Design: PAWS, Sega of America
  • Producers: Eric Quakenbush, Rhonda Van
  • Assistant Producers: Bill Person, Erik Wahlberg
  • Executive Producer: Michael Latham
  • Product Manager: Lisa Best Wilson
  • Marketing: Eric Dunstan, Clint Dyer
  • Licensing: Michaeline Cristini Risley
  • Lead Testers: John Amirkhan, Richie Hideshima
  • Assistant Lead Testers: Sako Bezdjian, Neil Musser, Mark Subotnick, Caroline Trujillo
  • Testers: Mike Borg, Joseph M. Damon, Yancey Gordon, Tai Huyah, Matthew Ironside, Heather Meigs, Camille Morris, Raul Orozco, Jeff Sanders, W. Scott Snyder, Nicole Tatem, Don Tica, Eugene R. Valenzuela, Dana Waller
  • Manual: James Cabral, Mike Yoffie
  • Thanks: Joyce Takakura
  • Special Thanks: Mark Acey, Jim Davis, Jill Hahn, Glenn Zimmerman, PAWS

Magazine articles

Main article: Garfield: Caught in the Act/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №48, p102
67 №39, p74/75Media:MeanMachinesSega39UK.pdf[3]Media:MeanMachinesSega39UK.pdf
70 №75, p61
85 №53, p48/49
67 №2, p90Media:SSM_UK_02.pdf[4]Media:SSM_UK_02.pdf
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, AU
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Mega Drive, BR
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GCitA MD BR Cart.jpg

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №47, p152
81 №39, p78/79Media:MeanMachinesSega39UK.pdf[5]Media:MeanMachinesSega39UK.pdf
82 №57, p128
83 №53, p49
Sega Game Gear
Based on
4 reviews

Game Gear, US
GCitA GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngGarfield gg us cover.jpg
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Game Gear, EU
GCitA GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngGarfield gg eu cover.jpg
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Game Gear, BR
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PC version

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PC, US (Expert Software)
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  1. File:6-Pak MD US Manual.pdf, page 72
  2. File:GamePro US 078.pdf, page 114
  3. File:MeanMachinesSega39UK.pdf, page 75
  4. File:SSM_UK_02.pdf, page 90
  5. File:MeanMachinesSega39UK.pdf, page 79