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A futuristic city has been over-taken by a powerful force of mechanical men. Two elite agents must plant a series of time bombs to destroy their base and crush the rebellion.

Crack Down was produced by Sega in 1989.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Crack Down was produced include: Excite League, Ufo Senshi Yohko Chan, Tetris (Sega), Scramble Spirits, Power Drift, A.B. Cop, Alex Kidd In The Enchanted Castle, Dynamite Dux, ESWAT Cyber Police, and Flash Point


Name Crack Down
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1989
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7417
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class Sega System 24
External Device FDD - 1.44MB (disk must match custom 68000 Security CPU made by HITACHI)
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Cannon/Machine Gun|Super Bomb
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Crack Down Control Panel Image
Side Art Crack Down Side Art Image

Game Introduction

The game's action is fast. An innovative split screen lets two players work individually or as a team. Twin "overview" screens scroll in response to players' moves. Countdown timers and a pulsating sound track raise the game's excitement and tension.

D. Oscar K. is after human hide. This white-coat gone turncoat was in charge of experimental research at an underground factory that produced half-human, half-robot cyborgs. Former employees -- the ones who survived -- say he was a decent guy until he went crazy and wired his 'borgs for evil. Now they want to destroy human beings instead of putting hubcaps on new cars. Needless to say, it is up to you to destroy these haywire hybrids.

Do not be fooled by the flesh-tone. If it is pasty-faced, it is after anything that is pure biology. Take another freedom fighter down the manhole with you or go solo. Just see to it that all the bombs are set in all the right places. Then scram before they go off. Move onto more hostile sectors, where corners get darker and more dangerous.

You have machine guns and full brain capacity on your side. The cyborgs only have half-a-mind, but a sinister set of software to eliminate you.

Game Play

Two players work together, fighting their way through 16 levels of an underground laboratory. Time bombs must be set by running over areas marked with an 'X'. Machine guns and cannons must be reloaded by finding ammo on each level. If ammo runs out, the players must result to punching and kicking to defeat opponents. Each level is unique and full of surprises. The layouts, opponents, and obstacles very creative.

Players can move and shoot in all eight directions. The split-screen view panes scroll the maze individually, keeping each player centered. The left button fires the cannon and machine gun. The right button sets off the super bomb.

Crack Down KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.13 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.00

Overall Like 4.50
Fun (Social) 4.50
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 3.00

Technical Rating: 4.25

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 4.50
Originality 4.50
Sound/Music 4.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cabinet Information

This game features a unique dual marquee. The "CRACKDOWN" title overlays the marquee with the "SEGA" title.


To convert Scramble Spirits to Crack Down, simply swap the floppy and the custom 68000 processor.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Crack Down Census

There are 14,850 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,512 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,983 machines (6,922 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 17 known instances of this machine owned by Crack Down collectors who are active members. Of these, 6 of them are original dedicated machines. 11 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Crack Down machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Crack Down circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Crack Down. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Crack Down circuit board set.

This game ranks a 6 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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This game runs on a System 24 board. The game itself resides on a floppy disk that requires a matching custom 68000, which is manufactured by Hitachi. The custom CPU decrypts program code only, not data. The reset vector and initial stack values are encrypted, but the remainder of the vector table is not.

Presumably the CPU either holds a decryption key in battery backed RAM, or the decryption key is hard-coded into the CPU itself. I have never heard of a custom 68000 dying before, but it's known that the custom Z80 modules (made by NEC) can stop working sometimes.


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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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