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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 Amstrad CPC In some sort of office
Crack Down DOS Intro - The gates blown up
Crack Down Commodore 64 System 24 is the system used for the original coin-op
Crack Down ZX Spectrum Player 2 picks up the baton

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* (38318)
Good fun but too short Genesis BeaconBlue (17)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Apr, 1990 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum May, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Mean Machines Genesis Feb, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Sinclair User Arcade Jun, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair Arcade Sep, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Arcade Jan, 1990 70 out of 100 70 Genesis Apr 17, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Atari ST May, 1990 67 out of 100 67 (UK) Wii Sep 07, 2007 6 out of 10 60
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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