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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 Arcade Intro.
Crack Down Arcade High Score Table.
Crack Down Arcade Title Screen.
Crack Down Arcade Shoot the baddie.

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

There are no reviews for the Arcade release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Critic Reviews

Sinclair User Jun, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Your Sinclair Sep, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Jan, 1990 70 out of 100 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jul, 1989 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 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
FatherJack (62754) added Crack Down (Arcade) on Jan 29, 2014
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