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Description

Originating in the arcades, Cabal is a shooter where the protagonist runs back and forth along the bottom of the screen, ducking and dodging bullets and grenades from the enemy. The roll maneuver from the arcade was not implemented in the PC version. The player returns fire by moving a target around the screen which also moves the player character and may expose him to enemy fire.

The enemies throughout the five levels come thick and fast and there are many of them. They include normal foot soldiers, tanks, helicopters and end of level bosses such as submarines and war machines. Just about everything on the screen can be blown up or shot. There are bonus points to be picked up for destroying buildings and weapons to be picked up from the enemy, such as machine guns and shotguns. Two-player mode is available.

Screenshots

Cabal DOS Game Over (EGA)
Cabal NES Level 2 Overview
Cabal Amstrad CPC High Scores
Cabal Amiga Strafing the medics to get some grenades.

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User Reviews

Kill all enemies and dodge their bullets Amiga *Katakis* (38218)

Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Oct, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Zero Amiga Apr, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Power Amiga Nov, 1991 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1990 8.2 out of 12 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Feb, 1990 8 out of 12 67
ST Action Atari ST Nov, 1991 67 out of 100 67
The Video Game Critic NES Nov 17, 2004 C 50
Questicle.net NES Apr, 2011 C- 42

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Trivia

Version differences

For reasons unknown the Amiga and Atari ST versions do not have the original level 2, with the scuba divers and a submarine end boss. Instead it skips to the harbour docks level, calling it level 2. Due to this missing level, there only are 4 levels in total.
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