Set in the dark metropolitan world of Scratchtown, Crank the Weasel challenges players to claw, kick and cheat their way to the top. Cast in the role of Crank, a devilish anti-hero who will steal your heart and your wallet, players execute a plan to escape the horrors of big city life and retire to the ultimate fantasy destination of Pleasure Island. There is only one problem: Crank is flat broke and will need to rob anyone with a buck and steal anything that's not nailed down if he is going to raise the million and one dollars needed for an airline ticket to paradise.
Using special abilities, various modes of transportation, gadgets, and street smarts to do anything and everything to get out of Scratchtown, players fight, thieve, and deceive characters for valuables to be sold for hard cold cash at the Pawn Shop.
Players progress through incredibly detailed urban structures in three Scratchtown districts - Downtown, Midtown and Uptown -encountering other characters with advanced personalities who make on-the-fly decisions based on how the game is played.