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Ratchet & Clank: Before the Nexus is a mobile application released for Android and iOS on December 18, 2013. The player plays as Ratchet and has to jump between grindrails in order to collect bolts which can be used to upgrade weapons and armor. It was released to promote Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus.[1]

By syncing with a PlayStation Network account players can earn Raritanium for upgrading weapons in Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus.[1] This game can no longer be played on apple devices running IOS 11 or later, due to the game being 32-bit.

Official description

"Ratchet and Clank: Before the Nexus™ brings the excitement of infinite running to the classic Ratchet and Clank™ franchise. Fight off Vendra and Neftin Prog as well as their assortment of evil minions, including the return of Thugs 4 Less! Hop between grindrails while avoiding hazards to collect bolts that can be used to upgrade Ratchet's weapons and armor. Collect Raritanium, which can be synced with your PSN℠ account and used in the exciting new PS3™ game Ratchet and Clank: Nexus™."[2]


The game was developed by Darkside Game Studios and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America on 18 December 2013.[3][1] The game's music was produced by David Bergeaud and the Groovitron music by Brian DeLucente.[4]


Ratchet using Hoverboots with the R.Y.N.O.m equipped

Ratchet & Clank: Before the Nexus is an endless runner where the player must control Ratchet on three lanes, often grind rails. While traveling the player has to avoid obstacles, defeat or avoid enemies and collect various items such as bolts and gadgets.[3]

Hero bolts can be collected to give the player an extra attempt if Ratchet is dazed by an obstacle or enemy instead of restarting the level. Firing weapons requires ammo which can be purchased with bolts collected in the game. A selection of weapons, weapons upgrades, gadgets, armor, and Raritanium can also be purchased from a shop with bolts.[3]

Skill points

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The game includes skill points which earn the player a reward when completed, and a hero bolt when all three are completed.[3]


Ratchet & Clank: Before the Nexus contains 20 achievements for players to complete.[3]

In-app purchases

In addition to earning bolts through playing the game they can also be purchased from the store in small, medium and large crates of bolts.[2]

Technical information

The main menu of Before the Nexus

The game is available on iOS and Android. On iOS it is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPod touches running on iOS 5.1 up to iOS 11. It is optimized for iPhone 5. It takes 60.6 megabytes of space.[2]

On Android it is compatible with devices running Android version 2.2 and up. It takes 47 megabytes of storage space.


In a live Polaris News Update, news announcer Stone Stonefield reported on the mysterious disappearance of the Terachnoid scientist Fleebar Snuttleblast, who was believed to have skipped work to attend a Captain Qwark vid-comic convention. However, it was later discovered he was abducted by the twin crime team, Vendra and Neftin Prog, lead suspects in the theft at Pollyx Industries.[3]

On Terachnos Ratchet looked at the Prog Duo's M-class star cruiser as it flew past him and shot at him. He began chasing them across grindrails, city sections, inside buildings and on land, eventually defeating them and capturing Vendra while rescuing Terachnoids on the way.[3]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "New Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus Trailer Unveiled, Before the Nexus App Detailed" - PlayStation.Blog
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ratchet & Clank: BTN on the App Store on iTunes
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named BtN
  4. Ratchet & Clank: Before the Nexus credits.