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Description

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.

Screenshots

Crack Down DOS Run over the X to place the bomb
Crack Down DOS Set the time bombs
Crack Down Arcade High Score Table.
Crack Down Windows Moving platforms (enhanced)

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* (38170)
Good fun but too short Genesis BeaconBlue (17)

Critic Reviews

Génération 4 Atari ST Apr, 1990 92 out of 100 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 91 out of 100 91
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Apr, 1990 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 May, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Raze Genesis Aug, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Sega-16.com Genesis Apr 17, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Wii Sep 07, 2007 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Power Play Atari ST May, 1990 67 out of 100 67
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Arcade Jul, 1989 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Jun 30, 2008 4 out of 10 40

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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
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