Originally released on the Amiga in the early 90s, Cannon Fodder was one of those games that was ported to pretty much everything under the sun. Back in the day, I spent a ton of time with the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive version of the game, but over the years I have played many others. Truth be told, they are all kind of the same and all offer the same kind of charming take on the grizzly and horrifying world of war.
It Is All About The Mission
There is no big story that you have to play through here. We have this dude who has started a war and it is up to you to lead a group of soldiers to put him in his place. It is simple stuff and despite there not being a great deal of narrative. Cannon Fodder still manages to ooze charm from every explosion and bullet hole!
There are over 70 missions in the game. While most of the missions are about rescuing prisoners or destroying something. The game keeps things interesting by making use of many different styles of terrain such as jungle, snow, and more. The whole game has a bit of a “cute” vibe going on which is at odds with the horrors of war, but it works very well.
A Few Good Men
Each mission gives you a set number of soldiers. It is usually between 1 and 5 and you need to move them around the map. You kill enemies, save hostages, and blow stuff up. You have unlimited ammo with your main gun, but you can get much more powerful stuff like grenades and rockets. These are required to destroy bases, so sometimes you will have to fund ammo crates if you run out.
The overall gameplay of Cannon Fodder is very fun, it is a blend of strategy and action. The game does allow you as you progress to split your team up which in theory sounds great, but I found this much harder to manage and a bit more frustrating. As you go through the game more stuff is added in the form of vehicles. You take control of these as well as have to deal with enemy ones also.
The Little Heroes Of War
I love the little characters in this game. Despite being tiny sprites, they have a lot of personality. Each one has a fun name and if they survive a mission, they will move up a rank, if they die, well they end up as a name on a tombstone in your own personal graveyard! I know it sounds crazy, but you do become attached to some of these characters and it can suck when they die!
I remember Cannon Fodder being a massive hit back in the day and a game that pretty much everyone had. The thing is, the game has kind of been forgotten about which is a real shame. It holds up very, very well and is a lot of fun to play. While I have always gravitated to the Sega version of the game, I must admit that the PC or Amiga version is a tad better due to the game being more suited for a mouse than a controller.
- The game has a ton of charm
- It does not take itself too seriously
- It offers a nice mixture of action and strategy
- You will get attached to some of the little soldiers
- I liked the variety of the levels
- Many of the missions feel the same
- Some of the later levels can feel unfairly hard
Processor: PC compatible, Pentium 300MMX or higher
OS: Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode