Good Old Games is running a weekend special on Codemasters titles right now, which includes… yawn… Leisure Suit Larry games… Sensi 2006… and CANNON FODDER? SHUT UP AND TAKE VERY LITTLE OF MY MONEY!
As with all things GOG, it’s the PC version of Cannon Fodder running via Dosbox, which means it’ll also run on a Mac — and I can attest to that, having been doing so since I spotted it. The system requirements are of course so astonishingly rudimentary that I’m happy to say that it will run on your PC, as long as you’ve actually updated it since, say, the turn of the century.
So why bother with Cannon Fodder? Simply because, despite its age, it’s still an immensely playable war game with a very strong satirical streak sitting underneath it. Way before it became fashionable to actually decry rather than celebrate shooting people, Cannon Fodder was poking not-so-gentle fun at the concept, if only by the tombstones that accumulate on the main screen as your crew is slowly depleted. I don’t want to think about how many times I’ve sent poor, stupid Jools, Jops and Stoo to their deaths. The horror. The horror.
The only thing you don’t get, what with it being the PC version rather than the sweet Amiga original, is that theme song. What theme song, I hear you ask?
Cannon Fodder [Good Old Games]