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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.

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Cabal NES Level 5-2
Cabal Atari ST A nice, tranquil airfield
Cabal Amstrad CPC Stage 1.3
Cabal DOS Game Over (EGA)

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User Reviews

Kill all enemies and dodge their bullets Amiga Katakis | カタキス (39517)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1990 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Mar, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Zero Amiga Apr, 1990 82 out of 100 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
Amiga Power Amiga Nov, 1991 74 out of 100 74
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1990 8.2 out of 12 68
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Retro Archives DOS Oct 28, 2017 8 out of 20 40

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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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