Clank: It appears that the Bio Matter Converter technology, that we were invited to preview, has accidentally been triggered.
Ratchet: And that means?
Clank: I believe we have been converted to digital information and stored within the conveter. Curious...
The story finds the duo getting zapped into a Secret Agent Clank vid-comic where they then have to find all of the pieces of a device called the MCGuFFIN in order to escape.
Unlike other Ratchet and Clank games which are 3D platformers, this game is a side-scroller. There are 7 weapons to choose from that can be upgraded 3 times, and 4 kinds of enemies to fight. A sequel titled Clone Home was intended to release in 2006, however it was cancelled.
The static force that holds up to these tropes is very tenuous:
- Action Bomb: The Explodo enemies, which detonate when close to Ratchet.
- Baleful Polymorph: The Boar-Zooka weapon, which turns all enemies except the Security Tanks and final boss into boars.
- Big Bad: Maximillian, who wants to escape from the video game into the real world.
- Continuity Nod:
- At the start of the game, Ratchet and Clank get sucked inside a Secret Agent Clank Vid-Comic, and Ratchet is still wearing his Adamantine armor from that game (albeit with a recolour). Also, the game's promo art reuses artwork from Up Your Arsenal and the logo for Going Commando.
- Theres a few nods to Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando. The Lancer, Gravity Bomb and Minirocket (Tube) are part of your arsenal, and one type of enemy from the game, the Chickenbots, pop up. Your nanotech bar is styled in the same way as Going Commando. Maximillian's Casino level is clearly based on the Maktar Nebula level from that game. The title itself is a reference to Going Commando.
- The game has a code that unlocks a new skin for multiplayer Ratchet: Deadlocked, which was released just a month before this game.
- The R.Y.N.O. used here is the same one from the second game.
- Excited Show Title!
- Excuse Plot: Ratchet and Clank are accidentally transported inside a Secret Agent Clank Vid-comic and have to find six parts of the MCGuFIN to escape, so run around and shoot things! The game doesn't even bother having an opening cutscene—everything is explained in text once you start a new game.
- Final Boss: And the only boss in the game, at that. Its a short and easy fight against Maximillian in a very slow moving and firing security turret.
- Flunky Boss: During the final fight against Maximillian, he constantly summons Chickenbots to harass you.
- Fun with Acronyms: The MCGuFIN's name is short for Macro Corporeal Geo Fragmentation Ion Negator.
- Genre Shift: From a third person shooter with platforming elements to a side scrolling run and gun platform.
- The Goomba: Chickenbots, the most common enemy and only slightly more threatening than an actual Goomba.
- Infinity +1 Sword: The R.Y.N.O., which you unlock by collecting all 30 of the Titanium Bolts in the game (10 in the shorter version of the game).
- Left Hanging: After Maximillian is defeated, Ratchet and Clank use the MCGuFIN device with an Infolink to escape back into the real world, but Clank warns that where they'll pop up in it is unknown. This was supposed to be a set-up for a cancelled sequel, Ratchet & Clank: Clone Home, so it's assumed the duo made it back safely.
- Loose Canon: Similar to the other non-Insomniac games, when Going Mobile occurs isn't established, if it even happened at all. Most fans place it somewhere around Deadlocked, leaning towards sometime before simply due to the game's use of visuals from Up Your Arsenal.
- MacGuffin: Lampshaded with the MCGuFIN device, which splits into six pieces that Ratchet and Clank have to find to escape.
- Mecha-Mook: All four of the types of enemies you fight (chickenbots, security bots, security tanks and explodos) are robots.
- New Game+: After beating the final boss, you're given the option of replaying the game in Challenge Mode. As usual, you get to keep your bolts and weapons upon starting it.
- Punny Name:
- The MCGuFIN device.
- The Boar-Zooka.
- Shielded Core Boss: The final fight against Maximillian in his Security Cannon. Its an armored turret that you have to chip the armor off of before you can damage it.
- Silence Is Golden: Played negatively: aside from the title screen music, the game has no soundtrack, and outside of firing guns and other occasional sound effects, there's no sound at all.
- Updated Re-release: The version 1.0.8 update, which supports phones with better graphic display, and version 1.9.8, for phones with weaker graphics.
- Win to Exit: The point of the game, although Ratchet has to collect all the MCGuFIN pieces first.