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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 Amstrad CPC In some sort of office
Crack Down DOS Ammo and bombs can be picked up around the levels
Crack Down Atari ST The starting point
Crack Down Genesis Demo gameplay

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* (38155)
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) ZX Spectrum May, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ST Format Atari ST May, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Your Sinclair Arcade Sep, 1989 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
Jeuxvideo.com Wii 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
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC May, 1990 6.8 out of 12 57

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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 (58549), Sciere (357993), Foxhack (12649), Martin Smith (63001), Macintrash (2494) and *Katakis* (38155)