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Crack Down

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
2.5
Windows
...
3.1
DOS
...
2.8
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Crack Down Amstrad CPC "I am going to get bored standing here."
Crack Down Amstrad CPC Level 4
Crack Down Windows Flamethrower guy
Crack Down DOS Two-player action

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* (37853)
Good fun but too short Genesis BeaconBlue (17)

The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Apr, 1990 90 out of 100 90
The One Atari ST Mar, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ST Format Atari ST May, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Sega-16.com Genesis Apr 17, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Arcade Jan, 1990 70 out of 100 70
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
Video Games Genesis Mar, 1991 57 out of 100 57
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Jun 30, 2008 4 out of 10 40
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33

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Trivia

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.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith
Contributed to by Tibes80 (1495), FatherJack (56456), Sciere (289292), Foxhack (12449), Martin Smith (63058), Macintrash (2495) and *Katakis* (37853)