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Cannon Fodder

DOS - 1993

Also released on: Acorn 32-bit - Amiga - Atari ST - Genesis - Jaguar

Alt names Cannon Fodder: war has never been so much fun, キャノン・フォッダー
Year 1993
Platform DOS
Released in France, Germany (1993)
United States (1994)
United Kingdom (2001)
Genre Action, Strategy
Theme Real-Time
Publisher Sold Out Sales & Marketing Ltd., Virgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe) Ltd., Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
Developer Sensible Software
Perspectives Isometric, 2D scrolling, Bird's-eye view
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.70
4.56 / 5 - 94 votes

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Probably the first violent action game in gaming history to succeed at depicting violence in cutesy cartoon feel, Cannon Fodder is a great game from Sensible Software, makers of Sensible Soccer games.

Similar to their soccer cousin, Cannon Fodder features cute little soldiers, an infinite amount of ammunition, a fine selection of bazookas and grenades, and unlimited fun and mayhem. Armed only to the teeth, your job is to take on the enemy in a vast selection of missions.

Things start off easy - on the first mission you can just charge round the corner with all guns blazing, and shoot the little enemy soldiers around the screen to your heart's content (the manual does point out that if you keep on shooting them they jump around like bunnies). But soon the missions become more complex - you end up having to destroy enemy bases, rescue hostages and even (horror of horrors) protect innocent civilians.

Controlling your little men is easy enough - click on where they want to go with the left button, on what they want to shoot with the right button, and with what they want to blow up by means of excessive force with both buttons. So you have no excuse at all when the eight enemy soldiers surrounding you at the beginning of one of the missions blow you into small bloody pieces with bazookas. A couple of phases seem pretty much impossible, and they come near enough to the beginning of the game to spoil your enjoyment.

After learning the various survival skills such as splitting up your soldiers, using grenades and bazookas at the right ranges and dodging incoming bazookas you find it more than a little annoying to be inable to get any further. Still, you'll have so much fun that you'll just grit your teeth, curse the designers, and move on.

One of the most enjoyable features of this game is being able to get into vehicles, ranging from simple jeeps and skidooz to helicopters with guided missiles or some truly devastating ground gun bases. High powered slaughter without fear of reprisals. And when you start getting into tanks, well... can we say "squish"? ;)

For anyone who likes action with a bit of strategy thrown in with a dash of humor, Cannon Fodder is simply a must-have. It's fun, it's addictive, and you'll be amazed at how attached to your troopers (e.g. Joop) you will become. Two thumbs up, way up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Thomas Duster 2022-10-03 0 point

Excellent game! My early memories of Cannon Fodder come as kid when i had just started taking acid. It was a fun time, the walls were closing in, and lots of colors too! Could't recommend more

zak 2018-11-25 2 points DOS version


PIZZA 2018-07-03 0 point Amiga version

The Amiga version crashes after mission 20. I guess thats copy protection but its a real bummer after getting so far.

Chia 2018-06-09 1 point SNES version

Thanks a lot

Mick 2017-04-16 1 point Amiga version

Amazing game for it's time..had many nights in with this game when i wasn't allowed out after 8pm!

Paulo José 2014-12-17 0 point DOS version

fun .... very , very fun...

Erik 2014-09-06 -1 point DOS version

ERMAHGAWD! I have the Cannon Fodder game on GBC, but have totally forgotten about the computer version

Praty 2014-04-11 1 point DOS version


skovsvinet 2014-03-15 1 point DOS version

nice to try this again

nini 2014-02-17 1 point DOS version


mummasucker 2014-01-28 -13 points DOS version

i like to play this when i wear your mammas panties. mmmm they smel of fish

jeff-b 2014-01-18 1 point DOS version

this was a fantastic game!

2drui 2013-08-04 0 point DOS version


lorenzoilsimpatico 2013-04-21 1 point DOS version


old-games lover 2013-02-12 1 point DOS version

guys, i had 4 years old and i payed this deamn game... now, some years after, my mind sent me to those tooooo gooooooood times and wanted to see ince again the joy of this little smart game.... thanks for make me happy one more time, and make me feel like a child again...

azathoth 2013-01-12 0 point DOS version


Jools 2011-07-12 0 point DOS version

mission 8 was hard :X

mr Biocanin 2011-02-08 0 point DOS version

greatest game ever !!!

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Other Releases

Cannon Fodder was also released on the following systems:

Acorn 32-bit


Atari ST



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