Crack Down

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For the Xbox 360 game, see Crackdown.
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Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
U.S. Gold (home computer versions)
Composer(s) Yasuhiro Kawakami
Platform(s) Arcade, Mega Drive/Genesis, Atari ST, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, ZX Spectrum
Release date(s) Arcade
Mega Drive
December 20, 1990
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player, coop multi-player

Crack Down (クラックダウン?) is a run and gun arcade game originally released by Sega in 1989, and ported to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1990. It was also ported and released to a number of home computer platforms by U.S. Gold.

The Mega Drive version of Crack Down was re-released on the Wii Virtual Console in Japan on August 7, 2007 and in PAL regions on September 7, 2007. It released also on Steam on June 1, 2010.


Arcade screenshot

Using a top-down perspective (akin to Gauntlet), the player controls either Ben or Andy, a pair of agents charged with stopping mad scientist Mr. X (Mr.K in the Sega Mega Drive version) from taking over the world, as they make their way through several timed levels, planting bombs and destroying cyborg enemies using guns (the "machine gun" and the "cannon" can be swapped back and forth) and smart bombs (which wipe out all enemies on screen.) The goal of each stage is to plant all of the bombs and escape before their collective timer goes off.


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