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Commodore 64The Games Machine (UK)
Operation Wolf/Thunderbolt fans are sure to warm to this and indeed other gamesplayers will like its direct combat too. There's no depth to Cabal, just fast, non-stop action and a hell of a lot of bullets flying around, but it's more than enough to keep you playing - it can be as addictive as the Ops, which is surely recommendation enough for purchase.
ZX SpectrumThe Games Machine (UK)
When a life is lost your enemy-meter goes down, giving you some unwelcome extra work before the level can be completed. However, the satisfaction on doing that easily makes it all worthwhile so you're sure to keep playing and playing.
It looks the same, sounds the same and f eels the same - in fact Ocean's French programming team has managed to capture just about every aspect of Jaleco's coin-op perfectly... with one notable exception. The arcade machine came equipped with three fire buttons - one to fire, one to roll and a third to lob grenades. The rolling is handled adequately - a diagonal joystick movement works fine - but the grenade throwing technique is a serious drawback.
Cabal ist so brutal, wie kaum ein anderes Kriegsspiel: Der Weg durch die 20 Level ist mit Leichen nur so gepflastert. Aber so pervers es auch klingen mag, diese actiongeladene Metzelei macht Spaß! Dafür sorgen neben der guten Spielbarkeit die excellenten Grafiken und die atmosphärisch stimmigen Soundeffekte. Wem es nichts ausmacht, daß auf dem Screen die feindlichen Soldatensprites gleich reihenweise in die ewigen Jagdgründe geschickt werden müssen, der sollte Cabal unbedingt antesten. Oceans Killer-Game fegt moralische Bedenken mit einer satten Salve Spiel-Spaß vom Tisch...
Atari STST Action
As an arcade game Cabal is a little too slow for its own good. It's just a basic blasting game with no frills and five jewels that won't really keep you interested for long. If you were a fan of the coin-op it may be worth a brief look or if you have eight quid you just have to spend...
ZX SpectrumComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Although C64 Cabal relies more on its frenetic gameplay than fancy graphics, lousy choice of colour and 'invisible bullet syndrome' make for a poor Spectrum conversion. Recommended to arcade addicts with 20/20 vision only.
Commodore 64All Game Guide
A good port of a great arcade game, Cabal is a top-notch entry for the Commodore 64. While the premise may be simple and gameplay similar to other titles in the genre, Cabal, in small doses, provides some great gaming.
NESThe Video Game Critic
Sometimes Cabal doesn't make much sense. For example, when you complete a stage, all of the scenery on the screen collapses into a dusty heap. I can understand buildings collapsing at a fort, but is it really necessary for the swamp to cave in as well? It's equally strange how at the end of each stage your soldier celebrates by running around and waving his gun like a bow-legged hillbilly! Cabal isn't great, but if you're looking for a unique shooter, it has its moments.