Crack Down

The Arcade Video Game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd.

Crack Down screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Crack Down © 1989 Sega.

A futuristic city has been over-taken by a powerful, bio-mechanical army; created by an evil scientist in a bid to take over the world. 2 elite agents must plant a series of time bombs to destroy their base and crush the rebellion.

The 1- or 2-player shoot-em-up action is displayed via an innovative split screen that allows 2 players to work either individually or as a team. A timer countdown timers adds to the tension. Time bombs must be set by running over areas marked with an 'X'; while machine guns and cannons can be reloaded by finding the ammo caches that appear on each level. If ammo runs out, players must result to punching and kicking to defeat opponents.


Game ID : 317-0058-04d

Runs on the Sega "System 24" hardware.

Players: 2
Control: 8-way joystick
Buttons: 3


Released in April 1989.

There is a reference to the arcade game "Shinobi" : the 'Hiyaaa' sound that Ben and Andy exclaim after detonating a superbomb is the same sound as the Shinobi ninja magic sound. Also, 2 of the 4 superbombs also appear in Shinobi. Look closely, the electricity bomb and the whirlwind with homing sickles bomb are here too.

At the end of scene 2 act. 2. There is a machine that produces electrical sparks. On top of the machine can be read : 's-4635 system24'. This is a reference to the arcade board this game runs on.


The US version is slightly different, it has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.


• Luring an enemy in a line of fire causing it to die by its own sort will earn you double this enemy score.

• Shooting more enemies in a row will give you additional points (4x) per enemy.

• Secret Bonus ("Shinobi" Bonus) : finish the stage without using a weapon (punch or kick only). Shinobi bonus will earn you 10,001 extra points.



Sega Mega Drive japan (dec.20, 1990) "Crack Down [Model G-4024]"
Sega Mega Drive europe (1991) "Crack Down [Model 1111-50]"
Sega Genesis usa "Crack Down [Model T-47046]" by Sage's Creation
Sega Mega Drive australia (1991)
Sega Mega Drive brazil (1991) by Tec Toy


Amstrad CPC europe (1990) by U.S. Gold
Commodore C64 usa europe (1990)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1990)
Commodore Amiga europe (1990)
Atari ST europe (1990)
PC [MS-DOS, 5.25"] usa (1990)

Game's manual.
Game's ROMs.
Game's screenshots.

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