Crack Down

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Amstrad CPC
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Crack Down is a time-limited action game. The two heroes, Ben and Andy, have to get through the levels as quickly as possible placing bombs on X marks scattered around the levels. Although the levels are heavily defended, the player has an array of weaponry including a cannon, machine gun, and superbombs.

The game may be played as either a one or two-player game.


Crack Down Arcade Intro.
Crack Down DOS Mission accomplished!
Now Escape!
Crack Down DOS Ammo and bombs can be picked up around the levels
Crack Down Windows Now, I must be quiet (TV mode)

Alternate Titles

  • "Crackdown" -- Copyright title
  • "クラック ダウン" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

Set the bombs and get the hell out of there Genesis *Katakis* (37908)
Good fun but too short Genesis BeaconBlue (17)

Critic Reviews

The One Atari ST Mar, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ST Format Atari ST May, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Nintendo Life Wii Sep 07, 2007 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST May, 1990 8.2 out of 12 68
Power Play Atari ST May, 1990 67 out of 100 67 (UK) Wii Sep 07, 2007 6 out of 10 60
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1990 7 out of 12 58
Power Play Commodore 64 Jul, 1990 54 out of 100 54


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Amiga version

A mastering error on most copies of the Amiga version causes the final level to crash. A working version is preserved by the SPS project.

Copy protection

The manual had got words from the game ("Dockyard, Atari, Bio-bot", ...) printed on each of the four edges of each page. The copy protection scheme asked questions from these words.

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