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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 Title Screen 1 (CGA)
Crack Down Amstrad CPC Level 3
Crack Down Windows Little mess
Crack Down Amstrad CPC Loader

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* (38291)
Good fun but too short Genesis BeaconBlue (17)

Critic Reviews

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
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1990 8.4 out of 12 70
Amiga Joker Amiga Jun, 1990 68 out of 100 68
Power Play Atari ST May, 1990 67 out of 100 67
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1990 7 out of 12 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC May, 1990 6.8 out of 12 57
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Jun 30, 2008 4 out of 10 40
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33

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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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