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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 Windows Next level
Crack Down ZX Spectrum Multi-load
Crack Down Windows Orange Mandrill (enhanced)
Crack Down DOS Start Stage 2 (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* (38149)
Good fun but too short Genesis BeaconBlue (17)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 May, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Mean Machines Genesis Feb, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Sinclair User Arcade Jun, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Raze Genesis Aug, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Génération 4 Genesis Feb, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Sega-16.com Genesis Apr 17, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Genesis Jan 08, 2010 14 out of 20 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1990 8.4 out of 12 70
Power Play Amiga May, 1990 67 out of 100 67
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Sep 07, 2007 6 out of 10 60


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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
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