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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 or joypad, as you activate each soldier or group of them by highlighting them, clicking one button to move them to a particular spot and the another for them to fire guns at an enemy. You can also pick up grenades or rockets, fired by pressing both buttons at once, which can be used to destroy groups of enemies, buildings, or some vehicles.

Each mission has a specific objective, and some feature vehicles such as tanks that are used to 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 doing the same.


Cannon Fodder DOS Watching your enemies from a safe distance.
Cannon Fodder Genesis the mission goals
Cannon Fodder Jaguar At one point, the boot hill will look like this...
Cannon Fodder J2ME Main menu

Promo Images

Cannon Fodder Other Back
Cannon Fodder Screenshot
Cannon Fodder Other Courtesy by Scott Walters of JagMod
Cannon Fodder Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Cannon Fodder: war has never been so much fun" -- DOS/Game Boy Color/Genesis tag-lined title
  • "キャノン・フォッダー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Original real time action/strategy with attitude!!! DOS Apogee IV (2317)
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

Video Games Game Boy Color Nov, 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Retroage Amiga Jul 13, 2012 10 out of 10 100
Amiga Computing Amiga Feb, 1994 94 out of 100 94
Amiga User International Amiga Mar, 1994 93 out of 100 93
MikroBitti DOS May, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Superjuegos Jaguar Jul, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Edge Amiga Dec 23, 1994 9 out of 10 90
CU Amiga Amiga CD32 Nov, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Aug 12, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Sega Force Genesis Mar, 1995 75 out of 100 75


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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.

Extras/Demo versions

Amiga users received two "extras" concerning the original game:
  • "Cannon Fodder Plus" was a very unique addition included to the Amiga Power 31 magazine. There are four new missions and the quiz related to the Sensible Software company
  • "Cannon Soccer" also a very unique addition included to the Amiga Format 54 magazine which is a "Cannon Fodder" on the pitch field from "Sensible Soccer". This small game is also known as "Cannon Fodder - Amiga Format Christmas Special"

German release

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


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.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – Readers' Special Award for 1994
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1997 (Issue 92) - 3DO Game of the Year runner-up
  • 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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