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Crack Down

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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 Windows Stealth on wall
Crack Down Commodore 64 A machine gun, one of the weapons that you can use
Crack Down DOS Intro - Laying explosives
Crack Down DOS Level 1 start screen

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* (37914)
Good fun but too short Genesis BeaconBlue (17)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum May, 1990 88 out of 100 88
The One Atari ST Mar, 1990 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 May, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Jun, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Nintendo Life Wii Sep 07, 2007 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Jeuxvideo.com Genesis Jan 08, 2010 14 out of 20 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
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Sep 07, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Video Games Genesis Mar, 1991 57 out of 100 57


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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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