The 5th game in the Ratchet & Clank
series and first on the PSP
, later ported to the PlayStation 2
. It is the first of the two spin-off games in the series, released by High Impact Games, and is infamous for it's call-backs to the original trilogy.
It revolves around a shrinking device
, a kidnapped child, as well as Captain Qwark trying to find his lost parents.
The game is set in an Alternate Continuity
that takes place after the events of Up Your Arsenal
, as confirmed with Into the Nexus
This game contains examples of:
- Afraidof Needles: Flying Needles serve as enemies in Dreamtime.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Ratchet, as he wears his outfit from the first game. He can use shoes later in the game.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Well, not really a battle, but near the end of Dreamtime, Ratchet is put into a boss battle against a dream version of Giant Clank.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Otto Destruct and Luna
- Canon Discontinuity: Neither Otto Destruct or Luna appear in the museum in Into the Nexus; as such, the game is considered non-canon.
- Continuity Nod: Several in Ratchet's dreamscape, like Clank's apartment in Bogon and larger form (see Lost Forever). Then there's this exchange, which mirrors a conversation from the original game.
Ratchet: There she is! Let's get her!
Clank: Ratchet, do you notice anything... unusual about Luna?
Ratchet: Well, she does seem to have an unusually large door coming out of the back of her head.
Clank: And why do you think that is?
Ratchet: She's... uh... a robot?
- Converse with the Unconscious: Clank does this to a comatose Ratchet midway through the game. Ratchet was able to hear him, which allowed him to wake up.
- Cute Is Evil: Luna
- Daddy's Little Villain: Luna may count as being Otto's "child". After all, he created it for his evil intentions.
- Deadly Doctor: Ratchet dreams of Qwark clones as chain sword throwing doctors while in Dreamtime.
- Deep Sleep: Luna's mooks force Ratchet into a coma after they capture him. It's at this point where he "visits" Dreamtime.
- Deliberately Distressed Damsel: Luna spends the first 1/3 of the game imprisoned in Kalidon, guarded by Mungo. The heroes defeat the monster, but find out that "she" faked her own kidnapping just so it and it's "friends" can kidnap them!
- Disney Acid Sequence: Dreamtime
- Disney Villain Death: Luna, following it's defeat. Unlike most examples, we see it hit the ground, HARD.
- Dream Land: Ratchet ends up in a nightmarish version following his capture by Luna.
- Enfant Terrible: It's not everyday that you get to fight an evil robot built to resemble an innocent young girl....
- Evil All Along: Luna
- Evil Genius: Otto Destruct. His goal is to become the most intelligent being in the galaxy by extracting intelligence from others.
- The Fake Cutie: Luna. It was built to resemble a little girl to lure Ratchet into a trap.
- Faked Kidnapping: Luna during the first 1/3 of the game.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Ratchet goes inside Clank to reboot him after he is attacked by Technomites.
- Flat Earth Atheist: Ratchet's skepticism of the existence of Technomites, dismissing them as just an old fairy tale. Naturally, he gets proven wrong.
- Game-Breaking Bug: On your second or third playthrough (PSP version), the Omniwrench all of a sudden stops damaging 90% of your enemies. This will never go away, on every subsequent playthrough. The PS2 version is not affected.
- Incredible Shrinking Man
- Lost Forever: The "Friends Don't Hurt Friends" skill point is lost until a New Game+ if you took damage during the Giant Clank "fight" and beat the "battle", as it doesn't reappear after you win.
- Make My Monster Grow: The Game
- Manipulative Bastard: Luna. Otto counts as well.
- New Game+: Of course. But to get everything, you have to go through the game three times.
- Space Battle: Clank goes through two of these throughout the game.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Ratchet. His personality in this game is similar to the one in the first game, especially during the first 1/3 of the game.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Ratchet, as he wears his outfit from the first game. He can use a shirt later in the game.
- Would Hurt a Child: Subverted, as the child in question turns out to be fake.