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Cabal was originally released in the arcades where you had to have gameplay that was easy to pick up and had plenty of action to keep people playing. You play the role of a commando or mercenary and you have to shoot your way through levels filled with enemy soldiers, tanks and helicopters. Each level consists of a single screen and when you have taken out enough enemies you can advance to the next until you come to the boss of that area, usually a heavily armored vehicle, take him out and you can go to the next area.

You start off with a simple machine gun and a couple of grenades, fallen enemies will sometimes drop more grenades for you to pick up. Some special types of enemies and armored vehicles will drop other powerups like points to help you get an extra life, a bunch of grenades and sometimes a superfast gun to take out enemies even faster. All you actions are done on the bottom of the screen as you cannot move into the level but you can only move left and right. At first the screen is filled with obstacles but as the level progresses and they take damage they will crumble into dust revealing more of the playing field and more enemies as well. The same goes for you however and the walls which you can hide behind from enemy fire will go down during the fight so you will be more exposed. A single hit is enough to kill a regular enemy soldier but armored vehicles won't go down so easily so it might be good to use a grenade here and there to take them out or packs of soldiers. You are just as vulnerable though so take care to avoid any enemy fire or you'll find yourself quickly running out of lives. After about four levels there will be a boss waiting which is usually in the form of some vehicle with lots of armore and firepower.

Cabal is one of those games that is great to play in the arcades and definately a quartermuncher as you'll want to take out all those enemies and bosses. The graphics even on the original are nothing spectacular or anything with all enemies looking alike but the destroyable buildings are a nice touch. The home translations all have one big problem however which is the fact that most of the systems had joystick with only one button which means that there is no easy way to throw a grenade. The system they came up with is that you have to push down on the pad while pushing the button but this means that often when you hold the button and strafing some enemies you will accidentally throw a grenade which are quite limited. The only version that didn't have to make this consession is the NES version which had a twobutton controller eliminating that problem.

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for many different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1989.
Graphically the closest to the arcade game but the one-button joystick spoils it a bit. This one also has trainers builtin.
Amstrad CPC Released in 1989.
The backgrounds are a single color but the characters are colored in.
Atari ST Released in 1989.
Practiaclly the same as the amiga version.
C64 Released in 1989.
Of the 8-bit systems this is definately the best, it also contains a trainer.
DOS Released in 1989.
Not as detailed as the amiga/ST versions and with the usual EGA colors but gameplay wise it's no different.
NES Released in 1989.
The NES is the only one where you can user different buttons for firing and throwing grenades so obviously gameplay wise this is the best, graphics aren't bad either.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1989.
Contrary to the amstrad version the backgrounds are colored and the characters are a single color, how weird.

Date added Feb-08-2006 14:22
Name Cabal
Developer Tad corporation
Publisher Ocean
First released 1989
Genre Action
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Download Amstrad CPC, filesize: 35 Kb
Atari ST, filesize: 388 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 157 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 579 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 484 Kb
Nintendo Entertainment System, filesize: 94 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 58 Kb
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Solve / Docs No solve available
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