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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 Life lost. Ready!
Crack Down ZX Spectrum Title screen
Crack Down DOS Title screen
Crack Down Commodore 64 Sliding along the wall

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 (39492)
Good fun but too short Genesis BeaconBlue (17)

Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Genesis Feb, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Raze Genesis Aug, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Génération 4 Genesis Feb, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Power Play Amiga May, 1990 67 out of 100 67
Power Play Genesis Apr, 1991 65 out of 100 65
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Sega Does Genesis May 15, 2017 C+ 58
Video Games Genesis Mar, 1991 57 out of 100 57
Power Play Commodore 64 Jul, 1990 54 out of 100 54


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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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