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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 ZX Spectrum High scores
Cabal ZX Spectrum You're dead
Cabal ZX Spectrum Enemy base
Cabal ZX Spectrum Let the onslaught begin

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Crash! Dec, 1989 91 out of 100 91
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Sinclair User Oct, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1990 62 out of 100 62
Retro Archives Oct 28, 2017 10 out of 20 50


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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.
Martin Smith (66852) added Cabal (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 02, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (209748), Martin Smith (66852), Pseudo_Intellectual (60508), Macintrash (2642), MAT (187123) and Katakis | カタキス (39490)