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Ratchet & Clank
Publication information

Insomniac Games


Sony Computer Entertainment

Release date

Flag of the United States/Flag of Canada November 4, 2002[1]
(November 4, 2003 Greatest Hits re-release[2])
European flag November 8, 2002[2]
(August 22, 2003 Platinum re-release[2])
Flag of Japan December 3, 2002[2]
(July 3, 2003 PlayStation 2 the Best re-release,[2] November 2, 2005 PlayStation 2 the Best Reprint re-release[2])


Adventure,[3] Platformer


Single player


ELSPA:20801 3+
OFLC:OFCL Australia Rating - G8- G8+
CERO:CERO free Free
HD reclassification:
ESRB:ESRB E10- Everyone 10+

Followed by

Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando

Ratchet & Clank (Japanese: ラチェット&クランク Rachetto & Kuranku), sometimes referred to as Ratchet & Clank 1 to differentiate it from other parts of the series, is a three-dimensional platformer game for the PlayStation 2, developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony. It is the first game in the Ratchet & Clank series. Ratchet & Clank was released in North America on November 4, 2002,[1] and received both commercial and critical success.[5][6][7][8][9] It won PlayStation 2 Game of the Year in 2002. By 28 August 2012 it was available in for download on the PlayStation Network or as part of The Ratchet & Clank Collection in all the original release regions. Insomniac Games also announced a re-imagining of this game for the PlayStation 4 to be released in April 4, 2016.

This game takes place in the year 5354.


Chairman Drek was planning to create a planet for his race, the Blarg, by breaking off a large quantity of other surrounding planets and using them to form the new Blarg planet, showing no concern to the people of these doomed planets. To stop him, Ratchet had to try to contact Captain Qwark, the greatest hero the galaxy had ever known.


Ratchet & Clank was one of the first games to shake up the platformer genre by focusing not only on making difficult jumps, but also on action and shooting gameplay. In addition to shooting, the game includes space dogfights, hoverboard races, Grindboot rails, Magneboot sections, Giant Clank battles, and Swingshot courses. Ratchet & Clank was one of the few platforming games at that time with an inventory system and more shooting-styled gameplay, which inspired more video-game companies to make more third person shooting / platforming games.


Veldin Crash Landing

Clank, about to crash on Veldin.

The story began on a backwater planet in the Solana galaxy, known as Veldin, where a young Lombax named Ratchet was adding the finishing touches to his new space ship. Upon checking if there was anything else he needed to complete the ship via the Gadgetron HelpDesk, he discovered that he needed a robotic ignition system, a special way for certain robots to start up a ship. Without one, he would never be able to fly his ship.

Meanwhile, at a robot manufacturing plant elsewhere in the galaxy, a robot creating Sentry-bots malfunctioned and accidentally created a small, inferior robot, XJ-0461. Upon watching an Infobot's prerecorded message revealing Chairman Drek's plans to create a new planet by harvesting parts of other planets in the galaxy, he fled Quartu. Electroids followed him in their own ships, however, and he was shot down over Veldin. Ratchet was surprised when Clank streaked through the sky and crashed somewhere out in the Kyzil Plateau. Bewildered, Ratchet began to investigate.

He approached and cautiously observed the area, discovering the robot in standby mode. He carried the robot out of the crash site and back to his garage, where he placed it on a rock shelf so he could return to it after he was finished with his ship. While he was adding the last few calibrations to his ship, however, the robot awoke and approached Ratchet to ask a few questions. Ratchet engaged in conversation with the tiny robot (after being startled by it), and in the process, learned about Drek's plan and the encroaching forces on planet Novalis. He also learned about the robot's quest to contact Captain Qwark. Ratchet disagreed at first to help the robot, but only because he knew he would need a robotic ignition system to leave the planet. After it told Ratchet it had the latest in robotic ignition systems however, he agreed to assist the robot in its quest to defeat Drek and stop his plan. They both immediately fled the planet after watching three Electroid ships land on the surface of Veldin.

Act I

Ratchet and the tiny robot escaped Veldin in Ratchet's ship. While flying through space, the robot and Ratchet decided to take some time to introduce themselves. The robot introduced itself as B54269, but it was cut off as Ratchet jerked the ship's control stick, throwing the robot into the side of the ship. Ratchet decided to give the robot a nickname, and after watching it collide into the side of the ship, decided to coin the name Clank after the sound he made.

They crashed on Novalis after Ratchet's ship collided with a cliff face. While they were on the planet, they traveled through a destroyed Tobruk Crater and saved the planetary chairman from Drek's clutches. The chairman gave them an infobot which allowed them to discover that Captain Qwark filmed a commercial on the planet Kerwan. The chairman also gave them a courier ship which allowed them to travel off planet.. They also traveled through the sewer system and purchased an infobot from a plumber. The infobot detailed the famous hoverboarder Skid McMarx and his agent crashing on a desert planet called Aridia.

Their next destination was the planet Kerwan. Here, they traveled through Metropolis and purchased an upgrade for Clank. They then caught up to an infobot which gave them the coordinates to the planet Eudora. They also traversed Qwark's fitness course and purchased a gadget called the Swingshot. Ratchet and Clank then proceeded to Aridia. They rescued Skid from the sandsharks and were awarded with a brand new Gadgetron Z3000 Hoverboard to use in the tournament. They also traversed Outpost X11 and found a Trespasser, which allowed them to pick locks. Ratchet also found Skid's agent, who told him to bring the prize from the hoverboard races to him for a reward.

They headed to Eudora and traveled through the cliffs. After an anti-climactic showdown with the Lieutenant, they discovered the coordinates to the Blarg Tactical Research Station. They traveled to the station and found out the hoverboard racing tournament was occurring on the planet Rilgar.

They flew to Rilgar and met up with Captain Qwark for the first time. Qwark told Ratchet that he would make a great hero, and to come to his secret HQ on Umbris. They followed the coordinates and met Qwark at his HQ, where he then told them that they would need to complete an obstacle course to become a hero. They traversed it and met Qwark at the end.

Limited edition poster

Like each game that followed it, Ratchet & Clank had its own limited edition game poster before its release. The poster shows Ratchet grinding a rail with the Grind Boots while Clank is attached to his back. The background area is the Blarg Station.



Main article: List of characters



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The Swingshot.

Novalis Crash Landing

Ratchet, about to crash his home-made ship on Novalis.


Main article: List of items

Drivable vehicles



Planets and locations

Main article: List of planets
Gemlik Moonbase

Ratchet and Clank at the Gemlik Base.

Kyzil Plateau Night

Ratchet at the Kyzil Plateau.



Critical reaction

Before its release, GameSpot received two preview builds of Ratchet & Clank.[10] After previewing it for the second time, GameSpot described "excellent graphics, varied gameplay, and tight control(s)".[11] IGN had similar views after seeing it in action at E3 2002, stating it would rival Naughty Dog's Jak and Daxter.[12]

At release, Ratchet & Clank was met with positive reviews and scores, earning an 88 out of 100 at Metacritic. It was praised for its high quality graphics and wide range of weapons and gadgets.[13] Some criticisms were aimed at the story and characters, GameSpy feeling that Ratchet was an unlikeable main character and that the game became predictable, boring and "just bland".[13] GameSpot on the other hand felt that the game, although it was easier than others at the time, had enough variety that kept the player interested and moving at a good pace.


On 23 April, 2013 it was announced that a Ratchet & Clank movie was to be made for release in 2015. The movie will be based on the origin of Ratchet and Clank covering a similar story to the original Ratchet & Clank video game but in greater detail and with deeper meaning.[14]


Promo Magazines

Promo Image

  • According to the magazine promo image, Ratchet & Clank apparently took place in the year 5354, and the months that appeared on the magazine were called Octogus. This implies that the galaxy's calendar is different than ours.[15]
  • In Ratchet & Clank, one of the skill points was named "Going Commando", which would become the name of the second installment in the franchise.
  • When the disc first loads up, if you don't press start to load or create a game, after a short while a demo will play. After one finishes, another one will follow after the same amount of time. There were 3 demos.
  • Dr. Nefarious, the main antagonist in Up Your Arsenal, technically had an effect in the game, since he was responsible for the Amoeboids on Rilgar.
  • This is the first game released by Insomniac Games after its departure from the Spyro series. However, a game, known as I5, was in production for months before the concept of Ratchet & Clank, but it was ultimately cancelled, opening the doors for this franchise.
  • Ratchet & Clank was not built using the engine from Jak and Daxter, contrary to popular belief. It was actually built using its own engine, and was aided by the engine from the 2001 racing game Kinetica.[16][17]
  • This is the only game where Ratchet is voiced by Mikey Kelly. Starting with Going Commando onward, James Arnold Taylor voiced Ratchet, replacing Kelly.
  • On the American cover of the game, there are many weapons and gadgets that were cut from the game.

Packaging artwork


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Ratchet & Clank 1 Trailer

Original Ratchet & Clank trailer

Notes and references

See also

External links

Ratchet & Clank

Game | Official Strategy Guide | Soundtrack

Game help
Walkthrough | Monsterpedia | Visual monsterpedia

Gold bolt locations | Skill points | PlayStation trophies

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Ratchet & Clank series

Original series
Ratchet & Clank (PS2) | Going Commando | Up Your Arsenal | Deadlocked | Tools of Destruction | Quest for Booty | A Crack in Time | All 4 One | Full Frontal Assault | Into the Nexus

Re-imagined series
Ratchet & Clank (movie)/Ratchet & Clank (PS4)

Non Canon
Going Mobile |Before the Nexus | Size Matters | Secret Agent Clank
PlayStation Home | PlayStation Move Heroes | PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

The Adventures of Captain Starshield | Ratchet & Clank comic series

Clone Home | NEXUS

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