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Cadash by Snoopy
Game:CadashCompany:Taito
Type:AdventurePlayers:1/4

It is rare to find an arcade game done in full role-playing style, with shops, items, puzzles, experience levels, and people to interact with. It is even rarer to find one that is actually worth playing. Cadash is one such arcade RPG, and despite the difficulties of combining those two formats, it does a good job of retaining the traditional RPG elements while still providing plenty of action.
The kingdom is in trouble, the princess has been kidnapped, and the king sends the heroes forth to save the day. Sounds like a typical fantasy plotline (which it is), but the journey is long, hazardous, and exciting. Players can choose between fighter, mage, priest, and ninja (thief) characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Cadash allows two simultaneous players on one machine, but it also accepts linking two Cadash machines together, which lets up to four people play at once. Just like in tabletop RPGs, the more the merrier. Enemies come thick and fast, and someone playing by himself will have trouble getting through more than one or two bosses on a quarter.
The graphics are well done, though a bit lacking in detail sometimes. The graveyard level in particular looks good for its time (hey, it WAS 1987). The sound could be better, but it does nothing to hurt the game, and the music is suitably heroic if a bit uninspired.
Cadash is a quality game for RPG fans who want a little variety in their arcade experience. Anyone interested in a hack and slash TMNT-style quarter sucker should probably look elsewhere, though some might still find Cadash enjoyable (it can certainly be played that way if someone wants to waste the credits). I still think the best way to play though is four people on linked machines, which are admittedly hard to find anymore, and the emulated version does not (and probably cannot) support this. Otherwise Raine emulates Cadash well, so if you’re an RPG fan, give it a look.
Graphics
8
7
Sound
Play Control
6
8
Challenge
Replay Value
4
7
Performance
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