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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 Jaguar Decoration screen (Underground variant)
Cannon Fodder Jaguar In later levels, you'll be introduced to helicopters that you can ride on
Cannon Fodder Genesis plenty more where that came from
Cannon Fodder Jaguar Mission 3 objectives

Promo Images

Cannon Fodder Screenshot
Cannon Fodder Other Courtesy by Scott Walters of JagMod
Cannon Fodder Screenshot
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 (2322)
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

Svenska Hemdatornytt Amiga Dec, 1993 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Jun, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Joker Amiga CD32 Oct, 1994 85 out of 100 85
The Video Game Critic Jaguar Jan 04, 2001 B+ 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Aug 12, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Jaguar Jun, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Power Play DOS Apr, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Play Time Genesis Feb, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Play Time DOS May, 1994 71 out of 100 71

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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
  • 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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