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Description

Guide a team of up to six soldiers through 72 levels of combat in this top-down action/strategy hybrid, best thought of as Lemmings crossed with Commando crossed with Dune 2. The characters are controlled indirectly using the mouse, as you activate each soldier or group of them by highlighting them, click the left button to move them to a particular spot, and the right button for them to fire guns at an enemy. You can also pick up grenades or rockets, which can be used to destroy groups of enemies, buildings or some vehicles (by pressing both buttons at once).

Each mission has a specific objective, and some feature vehicles such as tanks that used make things easier. Your troops can cross water but can't shoot within it, so finding and controlling bridges is often crucial. You can use the arrangement of trees to find hiding places to shoot from, and should watch out for CPU soldiers also doing so.

Screenshots

Cannon Fodder Game Boy Color Helicopter base (to start a mission)
Cannon Fodder Amiga Ice level
Cannon Fodder Game Boy Color The swamp can swallow you easy... take care!
Cannon Fodder SNES Covert action

Alternate Titles

  • "Cannon Fodder: war has never been so much fun" -- DOS/Game Boy Color/Genesis tag-lined title

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User Reviews

Original real time action/strategy with attitude!!! DOS Apogee IV (2333)
A true amiga classic, fast-paced, friendly and humorous. Amiga Kuv (75)
War shouldn't be this much Fun Genesis Liam Dowds (51)
Hmm...Let's just say it's a Funtastic Classic! (it rhymes) DOS Dason Rise (20)

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Atari ST May, 1994 94 out of 100 94
Pelit Amiga Feb, 1994 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) Jaguar Apr, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
IGN Game Boy Color Feb 20, 2001 9 out of 10 90
PC Zone DOS May, 1994 90 out of 100 90
PC Gamer DOS Nov, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Video Games Jaguar Mar, 1995 80 out of 100 80
GameFan Magazine Jaguar Jan, 1995 76 out of 100 76
Sega Force Genesis Mar, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Mega Fun Jaguar Mar, 1995 73 out of 100 73

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Cannon Fodder appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cover controversy

The Royal British Legion (who have always been known for their 'poppy' logo), complained that this game was 'sick and degenerate' before its release, making several tabloid headlines trying to ban the game (before anyone had played it). The poppy was reluctantly removed from the cover before release but it still appears in the game itself.

German release

The PC version is banned in Germany for extreme violence (30.07.94). The Gameboy version isn't.

Music

The conversion of this title from the Amiga to the PC is nearly identical except for the music, which is FM synthesis (Adlib) instead of the original Amiga 4-channel digital ("mods"). This was a normal practice for most conversions, except by this time several free modplayers with source code had been released, so there was no reason to not have the original mod music...

Version differences

CD32 version contains special MPEG track where is stored movie (length = 3 min). In this movie members of Sensible Software (developer of game) are wearing army uniforms and they're doing funny things - dancing, riding army vehicles, throwing darts on the poster of actor Christian Slater etc. From this movie was taken a few photos and used in Amiga intro. This real intro is only played if you have the FMV expansion module. Cannon Fodder is the only CD32 game to support the FMV module, which was the last piece of hardware produced by Commodore before its bankruptcy.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – Readers' Special Award for 1994
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1994 – Most Morally Questionable But Fun Game in 1993
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #61 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by B.L. Stryker, Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker, phlux and robotriot.

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