Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time



Whimsical galaxy-hopping romp is heavily weapons-laden.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a whimsical game featuring plenty slapstick and broad humor (such as a gun that shoots sonic belches). Nothing in the game is meant to be taken seriously, and it has a nice theme of friendship between our two heroes, one of whom is searching the galaxy hoping to rescue the other.

Positive role models

The game’s two primary protagonists are a cute cat-like creature and a small robot. They beat up evil aliens and robots and solve puzzles. Given the game’s fantastical setting and story, it’s difficult to view either of them as role models, good or bad, but they’re well intentioned and have the universe’s best interests at heart.

Ease of play

Very similar to previous games in the franchise. Platforming play is straightforward and accessible, but some of the time-based puzzles can be surprisingly difficult.


Both Ratchet and Clank fight enemies using a wide variety of gadgets and weapons, including energy guns, rifles, rocket launchers, bombs, a staff, and a wrench, among others. Enemies consist of aliens and robots. They disappear in a flash of light when beaten; all that remains of most bad guys is a pile of glimmering bolts on the ground, though some aliens leave a puddle of green liquid. When Ratchet or Clank take too much damage they spin round once and fall to the ground.

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This game is part of the long-running Ratchet and Clank series of games. It features several humorous, 50s-style TV advertisements for fake weapons and gadgets.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time is a platform/action game filled with lots of gun-based play, but that it is both whimsical and fantastical in nature. Players only go up against evil aliens and robots, and the weapons they use are highly cartoonish, such as a rifle that fires sonic belches. When enemies are killed they typically just disappear in a flash of light and bolts, though some do leave small greenish puddles behind. Our heroes are tried-and-true good guys who are trying to help one another, as well as any peace-loving aliens they encounter and the galaxy in general.

What's it about?

The ninth game in Sony’s popular platformer/action series, RATCHET & CLANK FUTURE: A CRACK IN TIME sees our lovable lombax Ratchet (an orange cat-like creature) and his robot pal Clank at opposite ends of the universe. The former is searching the galaxy for his chum while the latter is trying to make sense of the giant clock/spaceship in which he finds himself captive. Ratchet spends most of his time exploring planets and solar systems flying around in his small ship, taking on any aliens foolish enough to cross his path with a massive arsenal filled with bizarre gadgets and weapons, including a rifle that shoots sonic belches and a huge ball of energy that can be guided with the PlayStation 3 controller’s motion sensitivity feature. Clank gets into a few frays himself, but also solves plenty of mind-bending puzzles, many of which are based on manipulating time and creating multiple versions of himself to perform several tasks simultaneously.

Is it any good?


Aside from some new weapons and puzzles and the fresh story in which they find themselves, not much has changed with Ratchet and Clank since last we saw them. But that’s not really a complaint. As usual, this cat and robot duo are starring an accessible and compelling mixture of platform-style play, clever puzzles, and spectacular action that’s been wrapped up in several layers of broad, good-natured humor.

The best parts take place planet-side, as Ratchet explores new worlds and puts his massive arsenal to work in interesting ways against a seemingly never-ending stream of baddies. A close second are the puzzles Clank takes on. Trying to work out how to get multiple Clanks in different time streams working together can be challenging, but it’s highly satisfying when you finally manage it. The weakest parts of the game take place in space when Ratchet battles enemy ships. These missions are just too simple and arcade-y to fit with the rest of the game. Thankfully, many of them are optional, and those that aren’t are fairly short and well worth working through to experience the rest of this great game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about different kinds of platform games and the audiences each is best suited for. What’s the difference between a Mario game and a Ratchet and Clank game? A Ratchet and Clank game and a Lego game? A Lego game and a LittleBigPlanet game? Why are some of these titles suitable for younger audiences while others are better matched to slightly older players?

  • Families can also discuss humor in games. What sort of an impact does humor have on the action in a Ratchet and Clank game? Would it seem darker and more intense if there weren’t so many jokes? Should comedy affect a game’s potential age range?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:October 27, 2009
ESRB rating:E10+ for Animated Blood, Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence

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Kid, 12 years old July 18, 2011

Ratchet and Clank is an awesome shooter.

This games violence is not so bad, there is guns and bombs though, but its all fantasy. The crude humor is very mild but hilarious. But this game is kind of a shooter in the parts when you play as Ratchet, do you think that is a bad influence on your child? I think its ok because it is fantasy but depending on your childs attitudes towards violent video games you should decide.
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Too much violence
Parent of a 3 year old Written byZimm001 January 19, 2010
Kid, 12 years old February 21, 2011

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is Awesome

I love this game more than the first by far, and considering i rated that game 4 stars this game should be epic. The game changes things, adds new ones, and keeps the best ones. I love it so much that i stayed up late playing it over the weekend. In all sense it is awesome.
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Too much violence
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Great role models


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