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At the beginning of the 21st century, a mad scientist by the name of Mr. K has created an army of artificial soldiers. He conquered the industrial city of Atlantis, and is now preparing to take over the world. The United Nations decided to retaliate by sending two of their top class Special Forces officers, Ben and Andy, infiltrate the city and destroy the enemy base using a newly developed time bomb--Sigma.

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 Windows Little mess
Crack Down Windows Life lost. Ready!
Crack Down Windows Double shot (enhanced)
Crack Down Commodore 64 A box of explosives

Promo Images

Crack Down Screenshot
Crack Down Screenshot
Crack Down Screenshot
Crack Down Screenshot

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* (38210)
Good fun but too short Genesis BeaconBlue (17)

Critic Reviews

Génération 4 Atari ST Apr, 1990 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Apr, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Sinclair User Arcade Jun, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Raze Genesis Aug, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1992 71 out of 100 71
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1990 8.4 out of 12 70
Power Play Arcade Jan, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Genesis Apr, 1991 65 out of 100 65
Power Play Commodore 64 Jul, 1990 54 out of 100 54
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33


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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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