Video Games

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time

Stephen Blackwell :: Monday, November 16th, 2009 9:18 am

I like little-kid games. It’s always nice to get a cartoony break from the violence of today’s popular titles. Even better with a game like this one, which is as close to playing inside of a Pixar film as you’re likely to get.

Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time is the duo’s first appearance on the PS3. Since I’m guessing you’re unfamiliar, the series follows the exploits of a space-age anthropomorphic cat named Ratchet and his tiny robotic sidekick Clank. The two are superheroes that fight bad guys plotting to take over the universe — in this particular instance, through the misuse of time travel. You more or less run around different spaceships and planets destroying evil alien lifeforms or robotic bad guys (a lot of which tend to have disembodied heads, which is a interesting considering the disembodied head, in fairy tales and dreams, is typically symbolic of a no-longer-threatening presence).

The game would border on uninteresting for adults — it won’ grab you like a Super Mario title — if it weren’t for the language, which sucks you into the bizarre future world of Ratchet & Clank. Sonic Brainwave Scramblers alter levels and produce new challenges, while you’ll go up against such dastardly mechanizations as the Orb of Gratuitous Immobilization, which, in the real world, we typically refer to as the office.

I say give the game a shot. If anything it will bring out the kid in you.