The premise behind the game is simple: Take control of a group of little men and send them around a variety of landscapes looking for other little men to blow up or shoot them in the face.
Displaying Sensible Software's special sense of humor and uncanny ability to make wickedly playable games, Cannon Fodder is simultaneously ridiculous and very smart. Much too smart for the media of the time, who were outraged by the game's over the top comic violence and seemingly casual attitude to war, all clearly sarcastic.
Weapons include the standard issue machine gun, grenades and bazookas, but the more explosive weapons will need to be found lying around. You will also have to be alert at all times to booby traps too! Back then, none of the equivalents to Cannon Fodder could match Cannon Fodder's ingenious level design and delightful attention to detail.
The game's control simplicity is what really makes the game work, and makes it so addicting (much like the i.e. Sensible Soccer game). And do not forget the real message of that game: beneath the whimsical cartoon graphics is a message about the cost of war that will start to weigh down on you as the Boot Hill title-menu screen fills with memorials for your fallen troops whilst other new recruits keep coming....
The Acorn Archimedes version is technically excellent and almost resembling the original (Amiga) version in terms of graphics and sound quality. The graphics are very nice, with smoothly-moving tiny sprites and detailed environments (jungles, snowy wastes, fortresses and deserty areas etc) all found from the Amiga original version. Note that the game uses a few less colors when compared to the Amiga version and the difference is found only outside the gameplay area (such as the left-hand side info panel). There are several nice animated scenes too i.e. when destroying buildings which easily explode into several pieces around the screen.
The sound is perfect and identical to the Amiga version which is probably one of the most remembered game-sounds. It features an awesome rocking intro theme (with vocals) as well as several digitized sound FX during gameplay (like hearing the tortured screams of a mortally wounded enemy, gun fires, ambient jungle sounds etc).