This game is HARD…
I was bored on my lunch break, and remember I bought this on GOG a few years ago, so I quickly installed it and had a play through.
Basically, I wanted to see how far I could get with Jools still alive (not very). This game will find ways to kill you, be that hidden land mines, enemies shooting boxes near you, grenades, or bloody rocket launchers. Everything is a one kill, but explosions, with their splash damage, they’ll fuck you up good.
Seriously, don’t get attached to Jools, he won’t last long. You can cheat, or you can leave him in safety, and send the rest. But really, you’re just Cannon Fodder.
This game was amazing when it came out, I remember getting it on the Megadrive (Genesis to the Americans) and spending about a year solid being shit at it. I never completed, I couldn’t get passed the “jeep jump level“, if you played this game, you’ll know the jump level. My best ever performance, I got Jools there!!! Then he died… ON THAT SODDING JUMP.
The gameplay is simple, you left click to move, you right click to shoot, and if you hold right click and left click (if you have them) you’ll throw a grenade. Pretty simple. Although… The nature of the left/right clicking means in a panic you will left click, while shooting. This means you will periodically wipe out with a miss placed grenade… (SERIOUSLY, DON’T GET ATTACHED TO JOOLS). As you would expect with any game, as you get further into it, the game will get harder with more vareity, lush green forests, icy tundra, dry arid deserts, military complexes, and so on.
The pre-mission screen, shows you a rather macabre scoreboard of kills/deaths, men eagerly queuing up for the next place in your squad, and the GRAVEYARD. Yes, you can mourn your dead soldiers, and watch eager new recruits line up next to the fallen soldiers graves..
This is my graveyard after mission for the game i played in the video. The better your guy performs the bigger and more elaborate his gravestone, with an almost endless supply of men, and an instant reload time you will be back straight away to try and navigate a difficult section. Just without POOR JOOLS
Cannon Fodder looks good. The cartoony graphics, are OK to look at today (if you play it at a sensible resolution), and the action is fast paced and pretty nerve shredding. A quick look at Wikipedia and the rating it got in 1993 (average 94%) shows how well thought of it was at the time.
The only real issues come from an insane difficulty spike, and the game is probably too long. There are 24 missions, and 72 levels in total. Considering Mission 9 is insanly hard completing this game is only for the pros.
Pros: Jools, fun to play, quick reload, bright and refreshing graphics, Graveyard/scoreboard/men queuing up to die.
Cons: When Jools dies, very difficult at (most) times. Mission 8.4.