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Cabal

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
...
3.4
Arcade
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3.8
Atari ST
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2.8
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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 Amstrad CPC Stage 3.1
Cabal DOS More enemies attacking... (EGA)
Cabal ZX Spectrum Use the walls as cover
Cabal Commodore 64 Boss

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User Reviews

Kill all enemies and dodge their bullets Amiga *Katakis* (37744)

The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1989 86 out of 100 86
The One Amiga Feb, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1990 78 out of 100 78
ST Action Atari ST Nov, 1991 67 out of 100 67
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic NES Nov 17, 2004 C 50

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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.
Contributed to by Kabushi (120985), Martin Smith (63168), Pseudo_Intellectual (44370), Macintrash (2514), MAT (70537) and *Katakis* (37744)