Ratchet & Clank (2002 video game)

2002 video game

Ratchet & Clank is a platforming and shooting game for the PlayStation 2. It was made by Insomniac Games and published by Sony. It was released on November 7, 2002 in North America, November 8, 2002 in Europe, and December 3, 2002 in Japan. It is the first game in the Ratchet & Clank series.

Ratchet & Clank
Developer(s)Insomniac Games
Publisher(s)Sony Computer Entertainment
Designer(s)Brian Allgeier
Programmer(s)Alexander Hastings
Brian Hastings
Artist(s)John Fiorito[1]
Dave Guertin
Greg Baldwin
Composer(s)David Bergeaud
SeriesRatchet & Clank
EngineKinetica (modified)
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3 (HD)
PlayStation Vita (HD)
Microsoft Windows
ReleasePlayStation 2
  • NA: November 4, 2002
  • NOR: November 7, 2002
  • EU: November 8, 2002
  • JP: December 3, 2002

Microsoft Windows
  • NA: December 28, 2002
  • EU: January 26, 2003
  • ROC: March 2, 2003
  • CHN: March 8, 2005
  • EU: March 11, 2005
  • RU: April 3, 2005

  • KOR: March 8, 2005
  • ESP: March 8, 2005
  • RU: March 8, 2005
  • JP: August 9, 2005
  • ROC: August 9, 2005

The game is about the character Ratchet, a made-up animal called a Lombax, and his robot friend Clank. Ratchet and Clank travel around the galaxy to defeat an evil alien named Chairman Drek, who is trying to destroy planets.[2] The player is able to use many weapons and machines to attack enemies and solve puzzles.



In this game, the player plays as Ratchet most of the time, but can play as Clank sometimes. Ratchet can use lots of weapons and gadgets to attack enemies, solve puzzles, and jump over gaps. Clank can control smaller robots called "Gadgebots" who do things for him that Clank can not do on his own. There are lots of different places the player can go to.

A factory making lots of big robots is seen. One day a small robot is made by accident. He sees a video of an alien leader called Drek. Drek wants to break up lots of planets, and then use the pieces to make a new planet for his people, because his people'sold planet has become too polluted to live in. The video scares the robot, and he gets away in a spaceship, but crashes on a made-up planet called Veldin.

Ratchet is a made-up animal called a Lombax, who lives on Veldin. He wants to leave Veldin in his spaceship, and have adventures. Ratchet finds the small robot and calls him "Clank". Clank wants to stop Drek, and wants Ratchet to help him find a superhero called Captain Qwark, who he thinks will stop Drek. Clank fixes Ratchet's ship, so that Ratchet will help him.

Later on, Ratchet and Clank find Qwark. But Qwark is working for Drek, and he tries to kill Ratchet and Clank. They both get away from Qwark, but Ratchet is angry at Clank. Clank wants to stop Drek, but Ratchet only wants to find Qwark and kill him.

Soon, Ratchet shoots down Qwark's spaceship. After this happens, he sees a video with Drek's army destroying a city. The video makes Ratchet feel bad, and he says sorry to Clank for not helping him to find Drek.

They soon find out that Drek has a weapon called the "Deplanetizer". He is going to destroy Veldin, Ratchet's home, and this makes Ratchet angry. They find Drek, but he tells them he only did he whole thing to get money. People bought parts of his new planet, and Drek has made lots of money. But after the whole planet has been bought, he is going to pollute it. Then he will have to make another new planet, and get lots more money. But Ratchet and Clank kill Drek after a long fight, and use the Deplanetizer to destroy Drek's new planet. This makes lots of rocks fall down to Veldin. Clank gets his arm hurt, and Ratchet asks if he wants it fixed, and they both walk away together.


  1. "Ratchet & Clank (2002) PlayStation 2 credits". MobyGames. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  2. "Game ranking and information". www.gamerankings.com. Archived from the original on 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2008-07-11.