Ratchet & Clank

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Ratchet & Clank is a platform action game in a similar vein to the 3D versions of the Rayman, Sonic, Mario, or other comparable games. It involves the two protagonists Ratchet, a furry alien creature, and Clank, a nerdy little robot, going on a quest to find Captain Qwark and ultimately to help save the galaxy.

Ratchet & Clank includes many of the common features seen in previous similar games, but distinguishes itself in a number of ways. The game's levels are fairly vast and contain detailed structures which are visible at all times (i.e. there is no distance fog). The game also includes a number of prominently featured mini-games, such as a space fight sequence and a number of turret shoot-outs which are akin to Missile Command in the first person.

The game has over twenty levels (planets) and includes as many cutscenes made with in-game graphics which tell the story. Also of note is that the story is non-linear, requiring the player to return to previous levels to complete objectives and to choose between multiple paths forward. There is also a respectable array of weapons, gadgets, and accessories to find or buy as the game progresses, which offer some unique gameplay features.


Ratchet & Clank PlayStation 2 Smokin'
Ratchet & Clank PlayStation 2 Title Screen
Ratchet & Clank PlayStation 2 Load Menu
Ratchet & Clank PlayStation 2 Every Good Game Has A Flame Thrower

Alternate Titles

  • "瑞琪与叮当" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ラチェット&クランク" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Possibly the PS2's finest. PlayStation 2 Gary Smith (65)
A Game For Anybody who wants a game with a storyline and the action adventure type.... PlayStation 2 powerstone05 (290)
Why does it have to be me? :( PlayStation 2 Pixelspeech (955)
The game that saved platform gaming. PlayStation 2 Exodia85 (2146)
Go "Gadget?" PlayStation 2 Daniel Backhaus (3)

Critic Reviews

Mania PlayStation 2 Nov 05, 2002 A 100
Game Vortex PlayStation 2 2002 98 out of 100 98
games xtreme PlayStation 2 Nov 29, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Feb 12, 2004 A- 91
Gaming Age PlayStation 2 2002 A- 91
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Electric Playground PlayStation 2 2002 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited PlayStation 2 Dec, 2002 89 out of 100 89
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Dec, 2002 8.75 out of 10 88
Diehard GameFan PlayStation 2 Dec 08, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85


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Cover art error 2 Sciere (330422)
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1001 Video Games

The PS2 version of Ratchet & Clank appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Throughout Ratchet and Clank, you will come to various electrical power fences preventing you from proceeding. Everytime you encounter one of these barriers, they are powered by a Power Orb, the same Power Orb design used in the Jak & Daxter series.


  • 4Players
    • 2002 – Best PS2 Dexterity Game of the Year
    • 2002 – Best PS2 Dexterity Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2002 – #3 Best PS2 Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • GameSpot
    • 2002 - Best Graphics (Technical) (PS2)
  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – Best Graphics of the Year (PS2)
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