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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 DOS The timer is set
Crack Down Atari ST The starting point
Crack Down DOS You can hide up against walls
Crack Down Amstrad CPC Your objective is to run over the X's to place detonators there

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

Set the bombs and get the hell out of there Genesis Katakis | カタキス (39830)
Good fun but too short Genesis BeaconBlue (17)

Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair Arcade Sep, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Raze Genesis Aug, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Jun, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Ação Games Genesis Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 75
Power Play Arcade Jan, 1990 70 out of 100 70 Genesis Apr 17, 2008 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Wii Sep 07, 2007 6 out of 10 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1990 7 out of 12 58
Sega Does Genesis May 15, 2017 C+ 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC May, 1990 6.8 out of 12 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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