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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 NES Approaching the next level
Cabal NES Level 2-4
Cabal DOS Title screen (CGA)
Cabal Amstrad CPC High Scores

Promo Images

Cabal Magazine Advertisement


Alternate Titles

  • "カベール" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Kill all enemies and dodge their bullets Amiga Katakis | カタキス (42793)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1989 9.6 out of 12 80
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Commodore User Arcade Oct, 1988 7 out of 10 70
ST Action Atari ST Nov, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1990 62 out of 100 62
Retro Archives Commodore 64 Oct 28, 2017 11 out of 20 55
The Video Game Critic NES Nov 17, 2004 C 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.

There are two version of Commodore 64. UK version, although it lacks the coin-op's simultaneous two-player mode and the bizarre little dance-cum-victory-run that the commando does upon completing each level, everything else has been crammed into this conversion. US version has irritating gunfire sound effect, annoying invisible bullet syndrome and lack of frenetic gameplay due to general shortage of on-screen foes.
Contributed to by Kabushi (257508), Martin Smith (78233), Pseudo_Intellectual (64072), Macintrash (2633), MAT (229787) and Katakis | カタキス (42793)
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