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
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$? 1556
Sega Mega Drive
£? 1556-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1556-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1556-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1556-50
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 046990

Sega Game Gear
$44.99[3] 2560
Sega Game Gear
£29.99[4] 2560-50
Sega Game Gear
?F 2560-50
Sega Game Gear
DM ? 2560-50
Sega Game Gear
?Ptas 2560-50
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
R$? 077290

Windows PC
$? 85023
Windows PC
US (Expert Software)
$19.99[5] 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

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
Source: In-game credits

Game Gear version

Novotrade Credits
  • Developer: Novotrade International
  • Director: Laszlo Mero
  • Project Director: Don Walters
  • Software Director: Attila Bus
  • Art Director: Eszter Paris
  • Lead Programmer: Laszlo Megyeri
  • Programmers: Sandor Michaletzky, Balazs Papai
  • Lead Artist: Bori Paris
  • Artists: Tibor Botka, Edit Matis
  • Music, SFX: Laszlo Fazekas, Csaba Gigor, Gabor Foltan
  • Programming Aid: Adam Jedovszky, Gyongyi Mezei
  • Level Layout: Laszlo Mero, Eszter Paris, Bori Paris, Tibor Botka
  • Developer Tester: Tamas Panczel
  • Special Thanks: Andrea Eszterhai, Aniko Bodi
Source: US manualMedia:Garfield Caught in the Act GG US Manual.pdf[6]

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material


HobbyConsolas ES 051.pdf

Game Gear Print advert in
Hobby Consolas (ES) #51: "Diciembre 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #52: "Enero 1996" (xxxx-xx-xx)[7]

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №48, p102
67 №39, p74/75[2]
70 №75, p61
85 №53, p48/49
67 №2, p90[8]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, US
GCItA MD US Box.jpg
GCitA MD US Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, EU
Garfield CitA EU Cover.jpg
GCitA MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, AU
Garfield CitA MD AU Cover.jpg
Mega Drive, BR
Garfield MD BR cover.jpg
GCitA MD BR Cart.jpg

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №47, p152
81 №39, p78/79[4]
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
Garfield gg us cart.jpg
Garfield Caught in the Act GG US Manual.pdf
Game Gear, EU
GCitA GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngGarfield gg eu cover.jpg
Garfield Caught in the Act GG EU cart.jpg
Game Gear, BR
Garfield GG BR cover.jpg

PC version

GCitA PC US Box Front.jpg
PC, US (Expert Software)

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Garfield pc us backcover.jpgGarfield pc us frontcover.jpg
Jewel Case
PC, US (Expert Software; alt)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f0ff078e
MD5 b8591488ca46b51c1d39b6869fa23006
SHA-1 9fff7dea16c4d0e6c9d6dbaade20c7048bb485ec
2MB 1995-09 Cartridge (US/EU)


  1. File:6-Pak MD US Manual.pdf, page 72
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:MeanMachinesSega39UK.pdf, page 75
  3. File:GamePro US 078.pdf, page 114
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 File:MeanMachinesSega39UK.pdf, page 79
  5. 5.0 5.1 Press release: 1997-06-20: Sega chooses Expert Software for PC distribution agreement
  6. File:Garfield Caught in the Act GG US Manual.pdf, page 19
  7. File:HobbyConsolas ES 052.pdf, page 83
  8. File:SSM_UK_02.pdf, page 90