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Krazy Ivan

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
75
2.5
SEGA Saturn
...
...
Windows
61
2.9
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Description

In 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.

Screenshots

Krazy Ivan Windows In game, talking to commander
Krazy Ivan PlayStation Pummeled by Raptor's fiery projectiles.
Krazy Ivan PlayStation The lovely Katya pops in before every major enemy encounter to warn you of your impending doom.
Krazy Ivan Windows Briefing

Alternate Titles

  • "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
Mega Fun PlayStation Dec, 1995 81 out of 100 81
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Apr, 1996 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 1996 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Windows Nov, 1996 69 out of 100 69
PC Gamer Windows Apr, 1997 60 out of 100 60
World Village (Gamer's Zone) Windows 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN PlayStation Nov 25, 1996 6 out of 10 60
GameSpot Windows Feb 04, 1997 5.4 out of 10 54
PC Gamer UK Windows Dec, 1996 52 out of 100 52

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Trivia

Cutscenes

One 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.

Development

Musician 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.

References

The word "Onacho" is written on the game's US Playstation disc. This is a Russian word meaning "danger".

Information also contributed by Alaka
Contributed to by Adam Baratz (1352), Terok Nor (18488) and Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2156)