Title Cannon Fodder Publisher Virgin (1993) Game Type Shoot-em-up Players 1 HD Installable HD-Patch: aminet:game/patch/cannonhd.lha (CD32 also available) Compatibility All Amigas (not with some Escom Amiga's internal disk-drives). Game data/utils Play any level: aminet:game/patch/CannonCheater.lha Submission Dennis Smith Profiled Reviewer Review Sensible Software's famous shoot-em-up blood-fest: you take control of a small squadron of tiny (Sensible-Soccer-esque) soldiers from a sizeable stock of reserves (and you'll need them all!). Your mission is presented at the beginning of each level - usually requiring you to shoot and blow up every enemy and/or enemy building - first with just rifles, then with the addition of grenades, then rocket launchers, then vehicles like 'choppas', jeeps and 'tanx'. For a bit of variation some levels require you to rescue or protect civilians, or even kidnap an enemy leader. All this takes place in large eight-way scrolling maps in several environments, each with its own tricks and traps: arctic wastes, jungle, desert, moorlands and underground bases. And there's a good deal of blood. Turn your eyes away if you're squeamish or abhor the idea of shooting baby seals just in case they're a camouflaged enemy trap. Yes, although obviously cartoonesque, it really is like that. Although it starts out fairly easily, the difficulty level quickly piles up, and it won't be long before you're faced with enemies with rocket- launchers, at which point the game is already hard enough for most people, and it's going to get worse. And that's the main problem with the game. It is very difficult indeed. Those rockets come at you from the side of the screen before you've even spotted the soldier who fired them, and they're deadly accurate - you'd better have good reactions. For the most part, completing the levels involves failing them several times but in so doing learning the locations of the main hazards. Added to this is the fact that most of the levels are split across several stages, and you can't save between stages, only at the end of the level. Cannon Fodder is an excellent shooter with strategy elements, but only for the real die-hard shooters. Mere mortals will only find it frustrating.