Title Cannon Fodder 2 Company Sensible Software Game Type Shoot-em-up Players 1 HD Installable Yes (with Aminet Patch) Compatibility All (with Patch) Submission Seppo Typpö (firstname.lastname@example.org) Profiled Reviewer Review The first Cannon Fodder is one of the real Amiga classics and without doubt one of the finest games on any platform. Writing a sequel to such a game is practically a license to print money. In "Cannon Fodder 2" Sensible Software tried to duplicate the successful formula of the original one and nearly succeeded. In Cannon Fodder 2 (like in the original) the player controls a small squad of soldiers on a battlefield that is viewed from above. The game is split into a series of missions, which must be completed in order. The game figures are moved and commanded with a mouse which is also used to aim and fire the guns within the battle - imagine Dune II type battles but on a closeup, grunt level and with a lot less icon clicking - the player just points the cursor at the enemy figure and fires the gun with the mouse click. First the good points. The graphics, sound and gameplay have been carefully copied from the original. The dark humour has been reproduced perfectly. Everything worthwhile has been borrowed from the original Fodder but it still has not the same charisma of the first game. Why? First of all, the difficulty curve rises too high too early. Instead of creating some gradually more challenging levels the player is put against almost impossible odds in the very early phases of the game. Progress can be made if the player is persistent enough, but most players will probably give up after battling through a few levels. Secondly, there are very few new features in CF2 which would entitle this game to be anything more than a mission disk to the original. Sure, the gameplay of the original was already well refined, but surely there could have been something new to offer (like a two player head2head/cooperative option)? In some ways I may sound too harsh in this review and those who say that are partially right. Cannon Fodder 2 is a good game, but it is strictly aimed at the "Cannon Fodder veterans" who have finished the original and yearn some more challenging action. Newcomers are well adviced to seek out the original Cannon Fodder which has a more balanced and a leaner difficulty curve and somewhat better level design.