Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

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a game by Sanzaru Games Inc.
Platforms: PS Vita, Playstation 3
Editor Rating: 8.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 7.6/10 - 21 votes
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See also: Beat 'em-Up, Sly Cooper Series
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

It took the better part of a decade for Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time to be released. I loved the Sly Cooper trilogy that was released for PlayStation 2. It was such a fun franchise and as so much time passed, I felt like Sony was done with it. So, I was very surprised that it was coming back on the PlayStation 3 with a brand-new developer in tow. This is a charming stealth-based platformer and one of the more underappreciated titles for the PlayStation 3.

He’s Gonna Take You Back To The Past

The story being told in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a lot of fun. There is a villain called The Paradox who is obsessed with the family history of Sly. This means that Sly needs to go through time trying to stop him. The time travel aspect of the story is great as you go to all kinds of locations such as the ice age and medieval times.

What really makes the story though is the characters. Our three main characters, Sly, Bentley, and Murry have such a great relationship that feels very real and special in this game. They also add in a bunch of fun new characters, including Sly’s ancestors who are awesome.

Sneaking And Looting

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is best described as a platformer, but it is more of a stealth-based platformer than an action one. In most cases, you are best at avoiding combat unless it is 100 percent necessary. There are a few sections in the game, most notably boss fights when you have to fight. The game though, more wants you to sneak around undetected. The levels are huge and once you unlock an area, you are free to come back to it to do more exploring and find cool items.

The gameplay is a lot of fun and for the most part, they really nailed it. However, for some crazy reason, they put in motion controls during a few sections. Why did a game that was released at the end of the PlayStation 3’s life need motion controls! A couple of camera issues too can hinder things, but neither one of these things is enough to ruin things.

Meet The Cast!

Playing as Sly is great, but I was impressed with how many characters Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time let you play as. When you go to the different time periods, you get the chance to play as one of Sly’s ancestors and this is a ton of fun. Playing as Murry too offers you a different way to go about things.

DreamWorks, Is That You?

The presentation of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is great. I loved the way that it looked like a movie. It has a kind of DreamWorks style to it and I mean that in a very complimentary way.

The game just has a ton of charm to it, this is especially true in regards to the characters. The game also has some excellent voice acting which once again feels like something that would be in a high-end animated movie.


I would not want to say for sure that Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is the last Sly Cooper game we will ever see. However, this is a game that I had a great deal of fun with. It is one of the more ignored titles for the PlayStation 3 and I highly recommend that you guys give this one a try. While the original trilogy is great and I suggest you do take the time to play that. You do not need to have played all of those games to jump in here.


  • Sly is such a great character
  • The game actually has a ton of awesome characters
  • I enjoyed the time travel aspect of the story
  • Plenty of reasons to replay levels


  • Why are there motion controls?
  • There are a few issues with the camera which can make some platforming annoying

Download Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

PS Vita

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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