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Sly Cooper is the latest in a long line of master thieves. When he was a kit, a gang called the Fiendish Five killed his family and divided up their book on the art of thieving: the Thievius Raccoonus. Sly must defeat all the members of the gang to recover the book while evading Carmelita Fox, a police officer chasing him around the world to apprehend him.

This game is divided into five worlds, each themed around a particular part of the world and the villain headquartered there. Most worlds are structured as a central hub with entrances to numerous individual levels. Each of the levels has a primary goals which earns you a key. You must collect all the keys in the world to fight the world's boss.

Many of the levels have a platformer structure. The objective of these worlds is to reach the location of the key. There are substantial stealth elements here as you must dodge searchlights and trips lasers which set off alarms and avoid alerting guards. In addition to the main objective, there are clue bottles to find. Finding all the clues in a level allows you to open a safe with a page from the Thievius Raccoonus which grants a new ability of some sort. After getting this, there is also a master thief sprint where you must get from the start of a level to the exit within a time limit.

There are also mini-game levels which could be kart-style racing, several varieties of shooter or assorted other tasks, such as collecting objects before your enemies do.

Boss fights also run to several styles, ranging from platforming, to more straightforward combat to puzzles to rhythm to shooter.

All artwork is done in a cel-shaded style and dialogue is fully voiced.


Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus PlayStation 3 Selecting an act from the van
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus PlayStation 3 The boss of act 2
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus PlayStation 3 There are a lot of hazards and obstacles in the game, and most of them are fun to deal with
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus PlayStation 3 Looks like a tricky security system, but it's actually easy

Promo Images

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus Screenshot
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus Screenshot
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus Screenshot
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "怪盜史庫柏" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "怪盗 スライ・クーパー" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Sly Raccoon" -- European title
  • "Kaitō Sly Cooper" -- Japanese title
  • "슬라이쿠퍼: 전설의 비법서를 찾아서" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)

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User Reviews

Stick with It, Kid PlayStation 2 Ace of Sevens (4471)
A true guilty pleasure...even for adult gamers PlayStation 2 (28)
An inventive platformer. PlayStation 2 DarkDove (68)
An overlooked game. I wonder why. PlayStation 2 Gary Smith (15)
Perfect PlayStation 2 ThE oNe (184)

Critic Reviews

Game Vortex PlayStation 2 2002 98 out of 100 98
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Nov 12, 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
Gamers' Temple, The PlayStation 2 2002 93 out of 100 93
games xtreme PlayStation 2 Feb 16, 2003 9 out of 10 90 PlayStation 2 Jan 29, 2003 88 out of 100 88
IGN PlayStation 2 Sep 20, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Oct, 2002 B+ 83 PlayStation 2 Jan 17, 2003 16 out of 20 80 / PlayStation 2 Apr 21, 2009 79 out of 100 79
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Jan 08, 2004 B- 67


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1001 Video Games

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Japanese version differences

The Japanese release of the game is somewhat different from the North American and PAL releases. This is most visible in the intro and ending cinematics, which are fully animated instead of using limited flash sequences like in the international versions. There is also a slight dialogue difference, with Carmelita counting down her "10 second head start" instead of Sly. The PAL version has both cutscenes available when unlocked, while the North American version only has the Japanese intro.

Furthermore, the Japanese release has a 3-minute demo of the game with the vocal song Blackjack that appears after 30 seconds of the player's inactivity in the main menu.

Utah inaccuracy

Mesa City, the location of level two of the game is portrayed as being in Utah. In reality it could not be, as the casinos central to this level are outlawed in this majority-LDS state.
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