Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time PlayStation 3


Generally favorable reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
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  1. Mar 20, 2013
    Sly Cooper's last is a solid adventure. Thieves in Time is a finely crafted game and a funny one to play.
  2. Mar 28, 2013
    This is a trip down memory lane into the era of classic 3D platform action – even the sometimes clunky scenery is reminiscent of PS2 games. You’ll find charming characters, loads of jumping, fighting, the occasional stealth element and a lot to collect – what you won’t find, though, are fresh ideas.
  3. Feb 18, 2013
    I was skeptical about why I'd really want to play anything like a PS2-era action platformer here in 2013, but spending even just half an hour in this game made me a believer, and there's much, much more fun to be had beyond that. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time may not innovate in bringing the genre forward, but there's still a ton of merit in bringing to market a polished, charming game with colorful graphics and inventive characters and levels.
  4. CD-Action
    Apr 5, 2013
    I was really impressed with gameplay variety squeezed into Thieves in Time. It’s a long and well-designed game for kids really worth the money – and that doesn’t happen very often. [CD-Action 04/2013, p.58]
  5. Feb 13, 2013
    It doesn’t take itself too seriously and it doesn’t stretch itself out to try and be anything more than what it is, a fantastic platformer. The real kicker here, in my mind, is the low price tag. Hitting your wallet at a mere $40, please excuse the obvious pun here, you are quite literally getting a steal of a deal.
  6. Feb 11, 2013
    Given it’s spot on my most anticipated games of 2013 list, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time was more or less what I was looking for. While it wasn’t as innovative as the Sly of my dreams, it was nonetheless a solid, worthy, and all together fun romp with the old gang.
  7. Feb 11, 2013
    It's always encouraging when a classic series gets revisited and the result is this good. Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time is an excellent game for the whole family, and it's being offered at a stunning value.
  8. Mar 20, 2013
    Thieves in Time is an entertaining albeit not groundbreaking game, that stays true to the series' legacy and manages to deliver a generally fun experience.
  9. Mar 25, 2013
    Sly Cooper Thieves in Time is a fun dive into an almost forgotten past, which barely survives a generation inflated by special effects and bullets. This is enough to recommend the production to all players who have grown up between bandicoot and dragons, for whom "platform" is also synonymous of "color" and "sympathy."
  10. Feb 5, 2013
    After playing so many shooters in recent years, Thieves in Time’s old-school platforming is a breath of fresh air. While it doesn’t innovate, its subtle craftsmanship and varied gameplay reasserts what we’ve always known: This genre still has something important to add to the game industry. I hope this game meets with the success it deserves.
  11. Feb 11, 2013
    Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is an excellent platformer/stealth hybrid, just like its predecessors, and something long-time fans of the series will love, but newcomers may be better off picking up the HD trilogy since it doesn’t do all that much new and gives you far more value for your money.
  12. Mar 21, 2013
    Don't trust its cartoony looks, Sly Cooper isn't just for kids. Behind its mask, our beloved animal thief hides a delightful sense of humor. It also boasts a ton of tricks to play with in terms of gameplay, despite its stealth nature slowly conceding territory to the more action-y aspects of its gameplay. In the end, the adventure is full of variety and fun, and may very well be the most refined and rich episode of the series - it most certainly is one of the best 3D platformers out there these days.
  13. Apr 11, 2013
    Even though this time Sly is more oriented towards a younger audience, Thieves in Time retains all the positive elements from previous games and delivers a solid experience.
  14. Feb 6, 2013
    Still, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a very serviceable platformer that I really enjoyed my time with when it hit all of the right notes. Although it may not be the be all end all of mascot games in the HD-era, and the shining savior of the Sly Cooper franchise, platforming fans (and Cooper fans) should find plenty to enjoy in Sly and the gang’s latest adventure.
  15. Mar 25, 2013
    Full of fun, fur and rubber band sound effects.
  16. Feb 19, 2013
    It's been awhile since we've seen Sly Cooper, and Thieves in Time makes me wonder what took him so long.
  17. Games Master UK
    Apr 13, 2013
    Sly hits the current generation with charm, variety and humour in spades. An excellent return. [May 2013, p.80]
  18. Feb 5, 2013
    Sly Cooper: Thieves is Time is a fantastic addition to the series and a great entry point for newcomers. Most of my gripes are minor, but the aggressive load times present the biggest detriment to the game, and the need for a PS Vita might irritate anyone who wants to collect everything these time periods have to offer. The rest is just a few hiccups in history, but they shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the latest chapter in the Cooper story.
  19. Feb 5, 2013
    There are occasional stumbles, but Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is another good entry in the platforming series.
  20. Feb 5, 2013
    If you’re a fan of the classic PS2 platformers, consider the budget-priced Thieves in Time a steal.
  21. Feb 6, 2013
    The Vita crossover feature allows for almost seamless alternations between portable and console gameplay; in fact, the lush visuals of Thieves in Times tend to fare better on the Vita. Yet the most satisfying achievement of Thieves in Time is that this isn’t a mere nostalgia trip like 2010’s Sly Collection; with Thieves in Time, Sanzaru has proven that there’s never been a better time to join forces with Sly and his merry band.
  22. Feb 5, 2013
    After a nearly 8 year hiatus, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a worthy 4th installment in the Sly Cooper series (especially for under $40), and Sanzaru Games did a great job picking up where Sucker Punch left off. Overall, it's an interesting take on the Sly formula, though ultimately, a fairly safe one.
  23. Feb 5, 2013
    Despite a couple of technical hiccups along the way, Thieves in Time is some of the most fun that I have had with a video game in a long time.
  24. Apr 10, 2013
    Fans of the series as well as lovers of open-world jump 'n runs will be completely happy with this worthy successor. The harmonious comic style, the variety of playable characters and the many different missions contribute to a game which is just slightly let down by a certain repetitiveness in gameplay.
  25. Feb 5, 2013
    After three commendable HD ports, Sanzaru Games has done a perfect job capturing the essence of Sucker Punch’s original trilogy. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time features not only the addictive gameplay the series is known for, but the humorous and charming tone it’s loved for.
  26. Feb 5, 2013
    It does so many things right and harkens back to a different time in gaming while modernizing the experience for a new generation. It may not wow you like some of the best PlayStation exclusives have in the past, but needless to say, the wait for a continuation of the Sly saga was officially worth it.
  27. Mar 20, 2013
    Thieves in Time slyly manages to broaden the horizons of its traditional platform gameplay adding lots and lots of mini-games, which become proper missions featuring a high number of different game mechanics, all (too) easy to play with and enjoy. More quantity than quality, though.
  28. Apr 5, 2013
    Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a good game but not as good as it should and could have been. A repetitive mission structure and motion controls damper what is otherwise an enjoyable trip down memory lane for fans of the series. Here’s hoping Sly sticks around a little bit longer before once again slipping into the shadows.
  29. Mar 28, 2013
    Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time's biggest upside is obviously the amount of variety. You'll never do the same thing for long, because before you know it, you're controlling another character in a new environment. Because of this, Sly is a platformer with a very high pace, but the lack of challenge will also make you go through faster than you might expect. It seems to focus more on a younger audience, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy this game as an adult.
  30. Mar 21, 2013
    This return is a success! Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time keeps doing what the former games of the series did very well : very colourful graphics, great direction and skilled platform levels. New characters, introduces by Sanzaru Games, are more a good idea than a bad one. And the lack of challenge is quickly forgotten because of a deep content and an hilarious adventure.
  31. Mar 28, 2013
    A perfect nostalgic nod to a bygone era of gaming. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time will keep fans of Sly happy, while also introducing newcomers to one of the best (yet surprisingly underrated) platform characters of the early noughties. I didn't even mention the top-notch voice acting, and awesome one-liners.
  32. Mar 20, 2013
    As fun as always, Sly Cooper returns in his biggest adventure, which, although not surprising, is completely immersive and varied. The Far West or the Middle Ages prepare a lot of levels for the thief and his friends and ancestors.
  33. Mar 20, 2013
    Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a more than decent platform. It's a bit too slow and it's been thought mainly for a really young audience. The basics are there, but everything else is an average mix which won't appeal to anyone.
  34. Pelit (Finland)
    Mar 15, 2013
    Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a competent platform adventure, which uses time travel only as an excuse for wildly different levels. Yes, the levels are different, but not very original.
  35. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Apr 3, 2013
    Fans concerned about this being the first Sly game not made by Sucker Punch should worry no more. Developer Sanzaru Games ‘gets it’ and has brought a lot of great ideas to the table that show, without a doubt, that action platformers are still a massively entertaining genre. [April 2013, p76]
  36. Sadly, the central story missions are where Thieves in Time trips up a little. [March 2013, p.117]
  37. 85
    A faithful send-up of cartoon humor and polished platforming, Sly Cooper's long-awaited return keeps things fresh with astounding and compelling variety.
  38. Feb 8, 2013
    The technical elements won’t blow you away, the combat can feel tedious, and the story isn’t exactly deep, but the entertainment value remains high throughout. Playing with multiple characters bolsters the game’s variety, the comedy relief is always appreciated, the levels are extremely well designed, and the general feel of the game is just plain warm. It’s goodhearted, lighthearted, warmhearted.
  39. Mar 25, 2013
    Sly Cooper is back and the old raccoon is as fun as he has ever been. The platform gameplay is addicting, even if it lacks any real challenge. The story is interesting, even if the humor feels a bit forced (and childish) at times. In the end, Thieves in time is a fun game for children and adults alike... it just doesn't reach the lofty heights of its predecessors.
  40. Feb 12, 2013
    It might have trouble holding a steady pace across the whole game, but Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is an enjoyable platformer with many differing styles of gameplay to keep things interesting. Plus, the sheer amount of collectibles and treasures to hunt down will make it hard for any completionist to put the game down for long.
  41. Mar 20, 2013
    Following the steps of the PS2 titles, Sly returns to bring another adventure that fans of the series will appreciate. Recommended for those who are tired of big dramas, covering systems and plans of world domination.
  42. Feb 22, 2013
    Whether you're a longtime Sly Cooper fan or new to the series, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is really enjoyable. Story-wise, the game gets you up to speed if you missed the first three games, and the gameplay is intuitive and easy to pick up and play. It certainly left me wanting more Sly Cooper in the future, and I think you'll feel the same way after playing this title.
  43. Feb 8, 2013
    Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a love-letter to fans of the series. For those of us clamoring for Sly’s return for the past eight years, we finally have something to fill the void.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 314 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 71
  2. Negative: 7 out of 71
  1. Feb 5, 2013
    At its core, the Sly Cooper games are platformers, but the last few installments have strayed towards action-adventure. And Sky Cooper:At its core, the Sly Cooper games are platformers, but the last few installments have strayed towards action-adventure. And Sky Cooper: Thieves in Time captures that perfectly. Developer Sanzaru Games didn't develop the original three PS2 Sly games, but they definitely know what they are doing. From the beautiful cel shaded graphics to the fluid animations, Sly Cooper is a PS3/Vita title that deserves more credit than it receives. Along with Jak and Ratchet, Sly was part of Sony's "Big 3" of gaming during the PS2 days. Of those three, Sly was probably the most deservent of a sequel, and now after his eight year absence from the gaming scene, he is getting one that is worthy of Sucker Punch's originals. And with a cliffhanging ending, this may not be the last time we see Sly Cooper, the master thief, in action. Full Review »
  2. Feb 9, 2013
    7 years after Sly Cooper 3, the master thief is back again. This game is so awesome, just like the 3 others. Sanzaru Games has done a great7 years after Sly Cooper 3, the master thief is back again. This game is so awesome, just like the 3 others. Sanzaru Games has done a great job. Buy this game, and hopefully we'll have another Sly game Full Review »
  3. Feb 5, 2013
    This game is a masterpiece. It was worth waiting for sure. This game is a masterpiece. It was worth waiting for sure. This game is aThis game is a masterpiece. It was worth waiting for sure. This game is a masterpiece. It was worth waiting for sure. This game is a masterpiece. It was worth waiting for sure. Full Review »