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Published on May 24, 2008
Developer(s) Sensible Software Codemasters (New Version) Publisher(s) Virgin Designer(s) Jon Hare Platform(s) 3DO, Acorn Archimedes, Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari Jaguar, Atari ST, Game Boy Color, PC, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Super NES, PlayStation Portable Release date March 24, 1993,  1994 Genre(s) Real-time tactics, Action game Mode(s) Single player Media 3½ inch Floppy, Cartridge, UMD Input methods Joystick, Mouse
Cannon Fodder is a short series of two war (and later science fiction) themed action computer and video games developed by Sensible Software, initially released for the Commodore Amiga. Only two games in the series were released, but were converted to most active systems at the time of release. The series has a clear, somewhat darkly humorous method of gameplay that perhaps even doubles as social commentary. The pre-mission screen shows a hill with a grave for each dead soldier, with recruits lining up in front of it and a sports-like score at the top of the screen. Soldiers each have unique names, while on the grand scale of things being nothing more than interchangeable cannon fodder. The tagline for the first game was "War has never been so much fun", and for the second (with a more sci-fi background, which included some alien missions) "War has only been this fun once before".