For every Mario or Sonic there’s an I-Ninja or Earthworm Jim. Not every cute, compact humanoid or anthropomorphic animal makes it to platforming’s top table, and Sly Cooper is barely hanging in there.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
SCE, PS3/PSVita, £17.99-£29.99
This is the fourth game for the racoon master-thief and his gang, and the first instalment since 2005. Thieves In Time is curiously old-fashioned, adhering to the tried-and-tested formula of cartoony graphics in a super colourful world. It’s classic 3D platform action, with an emphasis on stealth and collecting as you travel through time rescuing Sly’s relatives. That you can switch between the main cast and members of Sly’s family tree keeps things varied, but while it’s a fun retro distraction, it plays like a PS2 title.