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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 Arcade Second stage
Cabal DOS Intro to level one (CGA)
Cabal NES Level 5-1
Cabal Atari ST Level 2, before I'm unleashed on it.

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Kill all enemies and dodge their bullets Amiga Katakis | カタキス (39830)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Oct, 1991 83 out of 100 83
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
Amiga Power Amiga Nov, 1991 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Feb, 1990 8 out of 12 67
Retro Archives Amstrad CPC Oct 28, 2017 11 out of 20 55
Retro Archives ZX Spectrum Oct 28, 2017 10 out of 20 50
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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