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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 Genesis Title
Crack Down Genesis Demo gameplay
Crack Down Genesis Those little red things are bombs you have to activate
Crack Down Genesis Bomb is set

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 Katakis | カタキス (40065) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Good fun but too short BeaconBlue (17) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Feb, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Raze Aug, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Ação Games Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 75
Génération 4 Feb, 1991 71 out of 100 71 Apr 17, 2008 7 out of 10 70 Jan 08, 2010 14 out of 20 70
Power Play Apr, 1991 65 out of 100 65
All Game Guide 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Sega Does May 15, 2017 C+ 58
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Jun 30, 2008 4 out of 10 40


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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
Tibes80 (1567) added Crack Down (Genesis) on Jan 05, 2003
Other platforms contributed by FatherJack (62754), Sciere (533275), Foxhack (24980), Martin Smith (66863), Macintrash (2642) and Katakis | カタキス (40065)