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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 Commodore 64 Level 2-2
Cabal Commodore 64 Level 2-1
Cabal Commodore 64 Level 4-1
Cabal Commodore 64 Nearly done with this level

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The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Commodore Format Oct, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Games Preview Aug, 1989 81 out of 100 81
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Retro Archives Oct 28, 2017 11 out of 20 55


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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.
Katakis | カタキス (39652) added Cabal (Commodore 64) on Jan 26, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (211580), Martin Smith (66869), Pseudo_Intellectual (60787), Macintrash (2642), MAT (190297) and Katakis | カタキス (39652)