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Sly Racoon Review

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Surprisingly engaging fluffy animal mission game.

★★★★

Fluffy animals masquerading as platform action heroes are nothing new in the games market. Nor is Sly Racoon’s mission-based, gather-up-the-items gameplay a radical departure for the genre. No, its delight lies in the cel-shaded character and background graphics that persuade you that you’ve left the console world and entered into an interactive TV cartoon.

With in-game animation that’s of a higher quality than many cartoon spin-off movies, and a neat little story about a Robin Hood-style thief getting back at the villains who did in his father, Sly Racoon is wonderful to behold. It’s also thumb-numbingly addictive, with an easy learning curve, extra skill rewards at the end of each level and several trickier against-the-clock challenges for more hardened gamers.