DescriptionIn the early 21st century, the Earth is under attack by aliens. In five areas of the planet, they have erected energy generators, creating a field that slowly encompasses the entire planet surface. They have also taken hundreds of humans prisoner. Someone has to stop them. Enter Russian Commander Ivan Popovich, nicknamed "Krazy Ivan". He is a paranoid schizophrenic, prone to burst out into violence at any time. In other words, he's perfect for the job.
The player controls Ivan's "Steel Cossack" power suit on the three-dimensional battlefields. In each of the five areas in the game, two kinds of enemies can be found: Drones and Sentients. Drones are smaller air and ground vehicles that often respawn. Sentients are mechs similar in size and capability to the Steel Cossack. Each of the Sentients must be eliminated before the energy field generator can be destroyed to complete the mission.
The Cossack is capable of carrying lots of weapons: projectile and energy guns, unguided and guided missiles, and other special weapons. Destroyed enemies reveal captured humans, to be rescued by Ivan, and power-ups, which recharge shields or rearm weapons.
After a successful mission, Ivan can upgrade the Cossack with more powerful weapons and replace the mech's armor.
Between the missions, rather humorous live-action cutscenes (starring English actors sporting thick Russian accents) continue the story.
- "クレイジーイワン" -- Japanese spelling
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The Press Says
|Game Players||PlayStation||Apr, 1996||82 out of 100||82|
|Gamezilla||Windows||Jun 12, 2000||79 out of 100||79|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||PlayStation||Apr, 1996||7.8 out of 10||78|
|PC Zone||Windows||Aug 13, 2001||7.7 out of 10||77|
|Coming Soon Magazine||Windows||Dec, 1996||71 out of 100||71|
|GamePro (US)||PlayStation||Mar, 1996||3.5 out of 5||70|
|IGN||PlayStation||Nov 25, 1996||6 out of 10||60|
|PC Gamer||Windows||Apr, 1997||60 out of 100||60|
|World Village (Gamer's Zone)||Windows||1996||60|
|PC Gamer UK||Windows||Dec, 1996||52 out of 100||52|
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CutscenesOne of the actors screen-tested to play Krazy Ivan was Nick Moran, who later starred in the Guy Ritchie movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
DevelopmentMusician Mike Clarke:
One of the working titles for this game, and the one that I (and everybody else except the marketing people) always thought should have been the release title was 40-foot Hard.
ReferencesThe word "Onacho" is written on the game's US Playstation disc. This is a Russian word meaning "danger".
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