I know a lot of people aren't the biggest fan of this game, but trust me when I say I'm glad it was one of the first games I bought for the Xbox!
The Tom Tom Gang are out for treasure as usual, and in the process find something called The Big Crystal. Benito immediately sets his sights on it, but in the process the crystal cracks, causing a major problem for the Time Sweepers. Their computer system shuts down and the clock has stopped working, causing Time Monsters to appear all over the place, and upsetting the Time Goddesses. Benito begins dreaming of the daughter of the Goddesses, Mina, who begs him to collect all the crystal fragments. Meanwhile the Time Sweepers are also after the crystal fragments, thinking the Tom Tom Gang want them for less than reputable purposes and hoping to repair the crystal themselves. As it turns out, the Goddesses are debating whether or not to drop the Time Scissors (which cut the strings of time), which in turn will destroy the universe and begin it anew. The player must collect all eight crystal fragments and repair the Big Crystal before the Goddesses destroy the world, all while destroying Time Monsters and setting the universe right.
This game is unique in that there is no real antagonist. In Blinx, the Tom Tom's were antagonists, but here they are anti-heroes, stealing and sneaking to make the world right again. The Goddesses themselves are not malevolent; rather, they can't think of any other way to fix the world if the crystal is not fixed, so their best solution is to make a new one.
And, of course, the best feature of all; you play as both a Time Sweeper and Tom Tom, which are completely customizable to your liking! Want your cat to have purple eyes? Long tail, green fur, black jacket? Short pig, moustache, thick calves, striped shirt? It's all up to you! You also pick your team, who will aid you when you face off against the opposite team. They can be equipped with weapons of your choosing, and can be swapped out for better members by completing side quests.
As before, Time Sweepers can use two types of attacks. Their sweepers, which suck up garbage that is then used as projectiles, and time itself. Time can be paused (to take down/get away from enemies or solve puzzles), rewound (to undo things or prevent death), fast forwarded (to jump longer distances at a rapid speed, and also to gain coins through special rings), recorded (to kill special monsters or solve puzzles that require two characters), slowed down (to solve puzzles or avoid getting hit), and retried (which is exactly what it seems; if your Time Sweeper dies, they are given a rewind to a certain point.)
While the Sweepers control time, the Tom Toms control space. They are given the black hole (sucks up the health of nearby enemies), the quantum snare (Tom Toms will pop up out of the ground and hold Sweepers by their legs while you take them out), the hypercloak (makes you invisible; you must move slowly, or the space around you will begin to crackle with energy and Sweepers will detect you), the space bubble (traps all enemies in a large inescapable bubble that you may move freely in and out of), the void trap (enemies are sucked into another dimension), the subspace dive (your Tom Tom dives into an underground space hole and may sneak by Sweepers undetected, but only for so long due to lack of oxygen), and the warp tunnel (your Tom Tom will warp from their current location to a previously unreachable or hard to reach location; very good for carrying heavy bags and sneaking past Sweepers.) Tom Toms also get three gadgets; the decoy (which Sweepers will follow in place of you), the time grenade (the same as the Sweeper's pause control), and bananas (which will cause your enemies to slip and be knocked out for a short amount of time.) In place of the Sweeper's, well, sweepers, the Tom Toms use guns and a slingshot loaded with tranquilizers.
Gameplay is fun, scattered across beautifully detailed levels with all sorts of puzzle games. Some parts are a bit tedious, some parts are just plain difficult, but overall it's very fun. Cat Medals and Pig Medals unlock concept art and funny mini-movies, and side quests unlock things like team members, store items, and new guns/sweepers. Every level is played twice on different paths, once by the Sweepers and once by the Tom Toms. Every level that ends in a boss battle for one of the two will end in a shootout for the other (for example, in the floating castle level, the Sweepers battle a giant Benito monster, while the Tom Toms defeat a team of Sweepers.) If you're looking for a game to play long term, I will admit this isn't it. I've beaten it in one long (and I mean loooooong) sitting before. On the bright side, gameplay is so fun you'll want to beat it over and over again, so you won't be bored!
The only thing; if you're wanting to play as Blinx, you won't. He only appears in cutscenes. You can customize your Sweeper to look like him if you like, but he is a NPC throughout the whole game. You do get to speak to the leaders of some other Sweeper teams though, that's fun to see.