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Crack Down

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Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
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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 Atari ST The starting point
Crack Down Commodore 64 There's the exit
Crack Down Commodore 64 Lay detonators across the X's
Crack Down DOS Killed by gun (EGA/Tandy)

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) Commodore 64 May, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Jun, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Génération 4 Genesis Feb, 1991 71 out of 100 71 Genesis Apr 17, 2008 7 out of 10 70 Genesis Jan 08, 2010 14 out of 20 70
Power Play Amiga May, 1990 67 out of 100 67
Power Play Atari ST May, 1990 67 out of 100 67
Power Play Genesis Apr, 1991 65 out of 100 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1990 7 out of 12 58
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Jun 30, 2008 4 out of 10 40


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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.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith
Contributed to by Tibes80 (1495), FatherJack (56546), Sciere (289691), Foxhack (12449), Martin Smith (63058), Macintrash (2495) and *Katakis* (37853)