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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 5-1
Cabal Commodore 64 Boss
Cabal Arcade Stage completed!
Cabal Commodore 64 Title

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User Reviews

Kill all enemies and dodge their bullets Amiga Katakis | カタキス (39491)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1989 86 out of 100 86
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
Games Preview Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1991 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Feb, 1990 8 out of 12 67
Retro Archives NES Oct 28, 2017 13 out of 20 65
The Video Game Critic NES Nov 17, 2004 C 50 NES Apr, 2011 C- 42


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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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