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Cannon Fodder

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Cannon Fodder
Cannon Fodder cover
Sensible Software
Retail Virgin Interactive
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Digital Codemasters
Release dates
DOS November 29, 1993
Windows (DOSBox) March 24, 2009[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) April 23, 2013[2]
Linux (DOSBox) November 27, 2015[3]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Direct control
Genres TPS
Series Cannon Fodder
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Cannon Fodder is a singleplayer top-down view TPS game in the Cannon Fodder series.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Use DOSBox (see Run in DOSBox).
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
macOS (OS X)
ZOOM Platform (unavailable)
Delisted on March 31, 2023.[5]
macOS (OS X)
A free demo version is available from

Essential improvements


An open source version of the Cannon Engine, for modern operating systems.

A campaign/map editor is also available to download.
Compatible with retail, Amiga and GOG versions.

Run in DOSBox

Change cycles=auto to cycles=max.[6]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) 80386SX 20 MHz
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Video card (GPU) 512 KB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) Creative SoundBlaster or 100%-compatibles
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data. For the release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).