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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.


Cabal Atari ST Looks peaceful, don't it?
Cabal Commodore 64 Nearly done with this level
Cabal Amiga You can take out enemy grenades and bullets while they're in the air, though. This one I missed.
Cabal Commodore 64 Level 5-4

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Kill all enemies and dodge their bullets Amiga Katakis | カタキス (39525)

Critic Reviews

NES Archives NES Aug 24, 2006 A- 91
Zero Amiga Apr, 1990 82 out of 100 82
The One Amiga Feb, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Commodore User Arcade Oct, 1988 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Feb, 1990 8 out of 12 67
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1990 62 out of 100 62
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic NES Nov 17, 2004 C 50
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33


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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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