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Cannon fodder 2 is (Suprisingly!) The sequal to Cannon Fodder 1. So if you've played CF1 then expect a lot more of the same, If you've not then id better get my fingers out and write a bit about the game. I was reminded of this game a few days ago by playing command and conquer Red Alert, Some of the levels on the later Westwood game reminded me of this classic. Released back in the olden days (1994) by Sensible software (The great people behind Sensible soccer), This game was a bit different from most/all the other games available at the time. It was a Action/Real time stratagy/war game, But mostly it was just an action packed fun game that you could play for an hour at a time and enjoy. Cannon Fodder 1 was released about a year or two before this and is almost the same game with different levels. GAMEPLAY -------- The main premise of this game is that you are a group of soldiers that have been abducted by aliens, These aliens basically send you to lots of battles during time. The game is veiwed from above the players and you basically click on the area that you want your troops to move to, And if there are any enemys then you right click to shoot at them, The controls are very simple and keep you active throughout the game. As I stated earlier, this game reminds me of command and conquer, Its kind of like a real time stratagy game without all of the building/Recruiting etc. Its like the action bits of C&C. The game begins quite easily and you will think that your quite good at it, and then it will suddenly get a lot harder. This makes the game more replayable (Made up word?!?). At the start of the game you are given a group of soldiers, These are added to each time you win a mission, But one of the best feelings is when you've got really far into the game with the same four soldiers. GRAPHICS -------- If you've played Sensible soccer or Cannon Fodder 1, then you will know that Sensible software didnt really care for flashy graphics, Again they are just small sprites on a fairly nice background. They do not distract from the main game and are just good enough to keep you interested. OVERALL ------- This game would make a nice cheap buy (If you can find it), Otherwise there are some sites that offer it for download, Obviously im not gonna tell you where to look as i would never think of using such sites!!!! One problem though is that the game doesnt seem to like modern Pc's and might not run very well, But this can be sorted with a slow down utility which can be downloaded all over the net.
Cannon fodder I bought Cannon Fodder 2 as a game from HMV in the sold out section of games. I thought at £4.99 it was a steal so I picked my self up a copy. The game has a sort of Cartoony feel to it as your little soldiers stand there with there guns pointed at the enemy. You encounter all sorts of enemies in this game from Soldiers to aliens and you get to encounter all types of vehicles for your little super heros to travel in you get to travel in jeeps and tanks and even a flying saucer. When I opened up the box the first thing which I noticed was there was no instruction Manuel. I thought this might be a problem but it was ok as there was a printable Manuel on the game which makes full use of colour and pictures. The gameplay is like the original and is use right mouse button to fire and use the left mouse button to fire a bazooka or to throw a grenade. Hints Make sure u keeep your boys on the move if you don’t then a grenade in the middle of your troops will quickly kill them and we don’t want that!! Make sure you keep a keen look out for mines and booby traps. You don’t want one of your troops to lose a leg now do we!! Keep a look out for bones and specials which are normally dotted around the areas…we want to do everything for our boys to survive don’t we!!
The sequel to another sensible software smash hit in 1995 was met with success but not nearly on the same scale as had been hoped. Once more you were met with the hill baring the crosses marking the graves of your dead, once more you were met with the football scoreboard like kill tallies but yet it wasn't the same. There were just as many levels as before except now they were on all sorts of different levels such as in cities over dual carriage ways and on marsh land where you need to avoid quick sand. In essence the game is the same as before. You control a squad of soldiers (again amusingly named after the members of sensible software responsible for making this game) and lead them through pointing and clicking with your mouse and firing on the enemy soldier (all dressed in blue). The missions tend to follow the same tack, you must destroy some buildings or more often than not stop all enemy activity in a set area - translation slaughter the enemy. In all this is quite a good game but when it was released it was given a full price which frankly was exorbitant. The game is almost exactly the same as the first in most ways and would have been much better value if released as an expansion mission pack. Of course such concerns are irrelevent now as both Cannon Fodder and Cannon Fodder 2 are available on Virgin's budget label Sold Out Software at a mere fiver each. I recommend getting both these budget games and letting rip now.