Free Buy Now

On a day where Nintendo is publicly talking about their failures, it's interesting to see another console giant releasing one more free mobile game that ties into their existing cache of console IP. First we saw Knack's Quest [Free], and then Ratchet & Clank: BTN [Free], and now we're looking at the brand new release of the (currently) iPad-only game Bentley's Hackpack [Free (HD)].

If you're not sure who Bentley is, he's a turtle who helps out Sly Cooper with various gadgety, demolition, and anything to do with a hacking mechanic. The Sly Cooper series of games is now four titles deep, spanning all the way back to the original on the PlayStation 2 with the most recent installment, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time being released just a little less than a year ago now.

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The iPad game is a free collection of three mini games:

  • Spark Runner: navigate an electric spark through each course, collecting pickups as you go.
  • Alter Ego: fly through maze-like stages and let rip in this classic side-scrolling shooter.
  • System Cracker: collect items and destroy enemies as you steer your tank to each docking gate.

I was probably busy playing Call of Duty or League of Legends when Thieves in Time came out, so I can't really comment intelligently on how closely the two games link up… But, like all the Sony iOS tie-ins that have been released so far, they're pretty decent for being free.

  • marc0313

    Their games are good? You gave Rachet and Clank a 2.

    • Holcman

      They said "pretty decent for being free." There are games way worse than the one you mentioned, and it is the individual reviewer's opinion anyways.

      • ZarieoZ

        Yeah, but then there is splinter cell spider bot & a lot more that are more decent for being free. Don't get me wrong as I'm glad that they're testing the grounds on iOS but I just hope then when these tests leads to failure (which they will) that they won't blame it solely on the platform/gamer base, cause let's be honest these things aren't games, they are not something to have the SONY name on, a one man studio can do a lot better.

        You should know I have the vita, & don't get me wrong again cause it's games are really more hardcore (for the lack of better term) I'd say I'm 100% my iOS devices are a better investment. Really? What they have on the vita is not a market!! What is that? I'm getting a device knowing that there are only 10 games that I wanna try, while on iOS possibilities are endless (& in talking good possibilities as I have a never-download-freemium rule & I hate bad premium ones either)

        So not that they are dong the best they can do with their one platform (vita, cause I'd say they are doing pretty well with playstation). What they are song here is just a shame. I know they are. It trying to see if they should release games here & that they are only doing this to get people that don't own their platforms to know them, so they'd get more customers. But these half-baked games won't get them anything, & they'll know that sooner or later.

        Bottom line: they should make quality decent things if they want to attract more customers to their hardware & if they fail with this small attempts they are doing they shouldn't blame the platform, cause they are not giving it even half their best. I'd go as far as consider it a shame to have the SONY name on them.

        Weeeeeeeeeew.. Sorry it's long guys,.. And to think I only came here to write two sentences. Sorry, hope it was a good read :-)

      • ZarieoZ

        Sorry had some mistakes, lol I doubt any one will even read my comment, it's too loooooong, you have the right to. I decided to point them out to make it an easier read & cause they changed the meaning of what I wrote to completely the opposite :-( thank you AUTO CORRECTION.

        Second paragraph "I'm 100% sure" "& I'm talking good possibilities".
        Third paragraph, "own platform" "what they are doing" "I know they aren't trying to see"

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  • chief78

    Wow it's pretty sad that it's free on iOS, but $9.99 on the PSN....I own a Vita, so yeah this sucks

    • nini

      Actually $3 through an unlock if you want the whole thing.

    • Chris1a

      As mentioned, there is a $3 unlock full game IAP. Still, quite a lot less then the vita. Is it exactly the same game/package with those 3 mini games on the vita? Usually iOS ports gets some corners cut here and there,,