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Crack Down

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Amstrad CPC
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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 Commodore 64 Level 9
Crack Down Windows Wait for right moment...
Crack Down Amstrad CPC Ready to leave the area
Crack Down DOS Start Stage 1 (CGA)

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* (37810)
Good fun but too short Genesis BeaconBlue (17)

The Press Says

Génération 4 Atari ST Apr, 1990 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum May, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Génération 4 Genesis Feb, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Sega-16.com Genesis Apr 17, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Arcade Jan, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Jeuxvideo.com Wii Jan 08, 2010 14 out of 20 70
Power Play Amiga May, 1990 67 out of 100 67
Power Play Genesis Apr, 1991 65 out of 100 65
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 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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