Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Raccoon thief stars in fun adventure with cartoon violence.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational Value

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

The hero, Sly Cooper, comes from a family of thieving raccoons, but we learn early on in the game he only steals from other thieves. Still, the hero's profession might not give a very positive message to younger players.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sly seems like a good guy -- out to protect his family by traveling through time -- but he is a thief and proud of his family heritage. Even though he only steals from other thieves, his character isn't the best role model. However, one of the other heroes in the game, a turtle named Bentley, is confined to a wheelchair, but he doesn't let his handicap stop him from taking part in this adventure.

Ease of Play

The PlayStation 3 game -- played for the purposes of this review -- is very easy to control, thanks to simple yet intuitive PS3 commands. The first part of the game serves as a tutorial, of sorts, with explanations on how to move Sly and control his actions.


The game has some light violence, including some enemies who fire pistols in a Wild West level, but any combat Sly engages in is with fists only and mostly masked with plumes of smoke. Parents should be aware that one of the playable characters, Carmelita, uses a cartoon gun to take down enemies. 


Many of the female characters show ample cleavage and in one scene, a female fox dances suggestively to distract male enemies. Phrases like "Shake it!" can be heard.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

This video game shows alcohol a few times, such as implied martinis -- triangular glasses filled with liquid and floating olives -- as well as bottles labeled with "XXX" and "Hooch" in a Wild West level. One boss character smokes a cigar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is an action-adventure game about a cartoon thief and his pals. Sly only steals from other thieves and is trying to protect his family's name from a meddling enemy. There is a bit of fighting in the game, plus there are alcohol and smoking images and female characters with cleavage.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOrangedragon17 September 22, 2019

Not as good as the Sly Collection but still good.

I love the Sly Cooper games and this one is just as good, but not better than the previous Sly games. Right amount of characters even Carmelita becomes playabl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 June 26, 2019

Sly Cooper reboot is the best in the franchise!

The Sly Cooper trilogy was amazing and a more stealthy version of Ratchet and Clank. But this reboot improves everything with an interesting and fun story. Viol... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 28, 2016

Another Amazing Sly Game

I am already a fan of the Sly Cooper series, and this game was anything but a step down.
-Hilarious cut scenes
-Fun boards to explore and great graphics
-... Continue reading

What's it about?

Available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, SLY COOPER: THIEVES IN TIME picks up right after the events in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. Gamers are reintroduced to Sly Cooper, a raccoon thief, and his friends, including a brainy turtle named Bentley and burly hippo, Murray. In the prologue, we learn the famous Thievius Raccoonus -- a "thieving" instruction guide that belongs to the Cooper Clan -- is being messed with by a mysterious meddler, and so the gang travels back through time to find Sly's ancestors and restore the family legacy before it's too late. You'll zap to periods of time ranging from Ancient Arabia and Feudal Japan to Medieval England and the Wild West. Played from a third-person perspective, this single-player adventure folds in action, puzzle-solving, and platforming elements. Much of the time will be spent stealthily traipsing around environments, dressing up in costumes, finding loot, and collecting items. The game is fully playable in 3D for those with supported televisions, plus the game offers cross-platform game saves between the PS3 and PSVita versions (sold separately).

Is it any good?

Yes, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a lot of fun, even if you're not too familiar with previous Sly Cooper games. With worlds twice as large as previous games, more playable characters (and costumes), tighter controls, and more detailed graphics, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a great pick that won't break the bank ($20 less than most other new PS3 games). Gamers will no doubt enjoy adventuring through the varied time periods, plus the solid writing and humorous scenarios are on par with past games.

While the stealthy sequences and platforming is a blast, the game does fall short in the combat department -- you simply need to button mash to defeat enemies, for the most part (depending on whom you're controlling at the time); thankfully, it doesn't take away from the overall fun factor. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time might not be "game of the year" but delivers the goods for tweens and teens. Note: The PS3 and PSVita versions of the game are the same, though the PSVita doesn't support 3D graphics.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether it matters if Sly Cooper only steals from other thieves. Does that make it OK? Does it give the message to kids as young as age 10 (per the ESRB rating) that it's fine to take what isn't yours? Or do kids at that age already know it's just a game?

  • Families can also talk about how you find good video games for kids.

Game details

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