Garfield + Pokemon Go = Garfield Go
2016 was the year the world at large discovered that Pokemon still exists, and Pokemon players discovered the world at large. The massive success of Pokemon Go spawned countless imitators, featuring characters with names like "Peecachoo," "Mewthree," and ... "Garfield"?
Yes, the most shameless Pokemon Go ripoff wasn't made by some no-name company in China, but by the people behind America's favorite lasagna-eating, Monday-hating cat. They even named the app Garfield Go, making us suspect that the big slob himself was behind the whole project. The basic premise and presentation are the same, only instead of throwing Pokeballs at hundreds of different colorful monsters, you're looking for "treasures" while flinging lasagna at the same overweight orange feline.
Freeze Tag, Inc.That's not a very loving way to feed your pet, no matter how sassy it may be.
To be fair, there was one thing setting Garfield Go apart from the original game: They jammed in 100% more corporate tie-ins. The app offered players the chance to win gift certificates and coupons for places like Amazon, Starbucks, and Domino's, thus undoing any health benefits they might get from walking more.
Though it never got quite as popular as Pokemon Go, Garfield Go fans did seem to appreciate the game for what it was (a low-quality copy appealing to their nostalgia). The biggest complaints seemed to be that the physics were off, making it hard to catch Garfield and his treasures. But then, if Garfield was realistic, the game would last about 15 seconds before he keeled over from a coronary.
Georgia's Take On The Simpsons,The Samsonadzes
Copying The Simpsons is practically an industry in itself by now, but most people at least mess with the formula a little when making their own versions. At the very least, come up with a catchy theme song of your own and make the characters' skin colors something other than yellow. (Seth McFarlane has done "white" and "black" so far.) The "creators" of The Samsonadzes didn't bother with any of those things.