Cannon Fodder 3 is a tactical action game, which inherited the style and traditions of the original game. The war goes on and its scale is nearly the same as before. 500 conscripts are sent to meet their destiny. What awaits them? A general's stars or a bed of honor?
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Release Date: Aug 6, 2012

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Cannon Fodder 3 is a tactical action game, which inherited the style and traditions of the original game. The war goes on and its scale is nearly the same as before. 500 conscripts are sent to meet their destiny. What awaits them? A general's stars or a bed of honor?

These 21st century soldiers are equipped much better than their 1994 predecessors. They have 8 types of machinery, suitable for land, surface and airborne operations, as well as 17 types of weapon from assault rifles to the nuclear bomb.

Skirmishes take place all around the world and even in space! You'll fight throughout the day and night, in hot and cold weather, in snow and rain. The enemy is skilled - there're terrorists from all over the world and they have cutting-edge technologies at their disposal: teleportation and various mechanized combat systems. Our heroes will face great challenges - artillery strikes, insuperable force fields, automated turrets, suicide soldiers and giant humanoid robots.

Your savvy will come in handy: your actions aren't limited to slaughter and destruction. You'll have to capture enemy vehicles and bases, save hostages and rescue convicts, hold the line and shoot back from the turrets, search for data discs and spare parts, repair broken robots and bypass minefields. The high command carefully watches your operation’s progress: missions can be aborted because of major offence; minor misbehavior will be reprimanded, and great achievements will be rewarded with medals and promotions. In the end, the very best soldiers will receive the greatest reward: they will return to home camp where warm army barracks, hot army food, soft army bunks and a tender drill sergeant await them. Until the next time.

Key Features:

  • 8 types of controllable machinery
  • 17 types of weaponry, including tactical nuclear strikes and carpet bombings
  • Battles with unique bosses
  • Combat progress leads to new ranks
  • Special-purpose bonus items
  • Day and night missions, weather effects
  • Various locations: America, Asia, Russia, lunar and orbital bases

System Requirements


    • OS:Windows XP (SP2)
    • Processor:Pentium IV 2,4 GHz
    • Memory:1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 7800GTX/ATI RADEON X1800 XT
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
    • Additional:Correct work on laptops is not guaranteed, Correct work on integrated graphic cards is not guaranteed.


    • Processor:Core i3
    • Memory:2048 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1024 MB HD space
    • Additional:Correct work on laptops is not guaranteed, Correct work on integrated graphic cards is not guaranteed.
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57 of 63 people (90%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2015
CF3 is not a bad game, but it's like someone covered a wonderful gourmet meal in tomato ketchup and then tipped it onto a cheap plastic plate.

The originals Cannon Fodder's subtleness, humour, irony, attention to detail, the varying level design, music, the incredible attachment to the survivors you painfully took through 20 levels, and cried when they died. Gone. The thought and love. Gone. All covered in an inch of ketchup. Somewhere under that ketchup you can feel parts of the original meal - but all you can taste the ketchup.

Note: Low hours = I played it long before Steam version came out.
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2015
The game information shows online coop is available. I bought two copies for me and my friend, launched the game. Coop does not work.... This is what you call being tricked by bussiness
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2015
I enjoyed the original Cannon Fodder for the Amiga. I had hoped that this would help me reclaim the feel of that classic game, but instead it's like someone took the basic concept of the original and then put a "2003" era spin on it.

Things that bugged me about this game
  • instead of having cool music, it's the most generic electric guitar riffs you could imagine
  • the characters look like those "spittin image" puppets
  • aforementioned puppets will run through a standard talking animation while the voiceover plays
  • all the charm of the original is gone
  • loading times straight out of the PS1 era (seriously? How? Why?)
  • the bullet animation is really really pathetic.

Some things I liked about this game
  • At the minimum it plays a little like the original game
  • The Grenades seemed cool

There just isn't that much to love about this game, and a whole lot of little things to dislike (but not hate). Imagine if someone told you to take this song by Mozart and somehow update it so that "kids today" would like it. You could try to compose an original tune in his style, but instead you decide it's not worth the effort so you take Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman" in a midi file and play it through a cheap synth. Does it sound like Mozart? Well, yeah, but somehow it's just a cheezy version of twinkle twinkle little star instead.

That's how this game feels. Cheezy.

Edit: Thanks to Kudi, there's a fix for the poor load times.

I'll have to revisit this game and see if that changes my opinion of it for the better. The load times were one of the main reasons I couldn't stand this game.
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31 of 42 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Having grown up with Cannon Fodder and Cannon Fodder 2 on the Amiga, I was a bit hesitant to buy this, bearing in mind the negative reviews about how "it wasn't good compared to the originals"

However, my friend gifted me this for my birthday and I have had a fun time with it, it has elements of the original games in it (however, remember these games were for a different time and times move on and nostalgia gives everything a rose tint!) the control system is either dual click with the mouse (left to move, right to shoot) like it used to be, or use the WASD keys to move and the mouse to shoot like some of the more modern top down shooters.

Not so sure its worth the full price but if its on sale, buy buy buy!
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
An awkward and ugly modern take on a fun old game. Somehow suffers from terrible load times on modern rigs. You're much better off tracking down the older versions.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
53.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
I have very fond memories of the original Cannon Fodder on the Commodore Amiga. In fact I still play it every now and then as there are many free fanbased campaigns released for it. But let's get back to Cannon Fodder 3 here and now ...

This game is a fun game. It adds a little difference to the original Series which was way more tactical than this one here. This one here is at heart a top down shooter and should be played with wasd controls AND mouse simultaneously to get the most out of it. If you can forgive this you will have a very good time with a humorous little game that can get very frustating at times but thats exactly what i love about it.

Though I must admit it instantly gets waaay more easy to accomplish if you don't play it like I play it ...

That's because I want to complete every mission without loosing one single recruit. If you play it the way it's supposed to, you get many checkpoints spreaded around each map of the game and enough cannonfodder (hence the name of the game) to replenish your squads strength. But you should keep in mind that your recruits get awarded if you play them well and they live long enough so they get better stats over time. And thats the key why I don't wanna waste 'em at all. Experienced soldiers can for e.g. shoot stronger, run faster or aim over a longer distance than greenbacks and enhance the gameplay to a great degree.

Another nice feature are the video sequences (though now I'm through with the campaign I have to say there is only the - very long - intro sequence ... I wish they'd done at least a nice end sequence to the campaign) and the overall humour of the game. It adds a fresh taste to the shooter genre and makes it much easier to consume than hardcore shooter games aiming to be most realistic. The video sequences in this very game here are even waaay better than the ones in the cd32 version (but there where many of them back in the days in comparison to only the intro in this game here).

I personally think that this latest installment of the Cannon Fodder experience is a very good try to bring the game to a modern level. If you wanna play the original there is nothing that holds you back either but some reviewers may simply just dust their Amigas off, run whdload and play their original disks if they can't get up with this modern take.

Believe me: War has never been so much fun!


Though if you're a real fan of Cannon Fooder you should know all parts of the series. (At least only then you will fully understand my latest sentence regarding fun and war ... ;)
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Anyone who grew up in the 90's and had an Amiga will know how good the Cannon Fodder games were. If this applies to you then do yourself a favour and avoid this poorly realised cash in attempt. Honestly, you will regret it.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
I managed to get this for a dollar during a sale, and I regret even spending that much. The game is horribly optimized (un-ending loading screens, without progress bars to let you know how long you're going to sit and listen to the looping, faux-metal). Having played the original Cannon Fodder to death on an old 486 PC, I can barely believe the people that made this game have any clue what made the original so much fun. I poured hours into mastering the original's levels, so that I could make it through with my entire squad alive, taking Jools, Jops, et al as far as I could. Grenades and rockets were a valued commodity, and placing them just right on enemy buildings made combat an almost puzzle-like experience. None of that was present in what little portion of this game I was willing to suffer through before quitting. Originally excited to see that this was being made; then disappointed that I heard it wasn't good enough to spend $20 on; then excited to find it on sale for $1; and now, back to disappointed.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
I spent a lot of time with Cannon Fodder 1 and 2 as a wee lad. The idea of playing the best parts of a military RTS without having to worry about a home base and resource management was right up my oh so narrow alley. So, naturally, when I saw Cannon Fodder 3 discounted during the Winter Sale, I scooped it. Despite a mouse/camera kink, it was exactly what I was looking for.

To see what else I have to say, and to help decided for yourself whether or not you'd like to play, check out the Cannon Fodder 3 episode of my show, Should I Play?! at
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2014
I bought this game at a discount of over 90% and still feel ripped off.

Save your money, go to GOG.COM and buy the original cannon fodder. This one inexplicably takes forever to load the next level and then control just feels too loose.
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Recently Posted ~ RandemGamor
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 29
Steam!? Why do you put CO-OP when the online co-op doesn't work!? I can't connect to the servers.
Upon googling it says it's been removed...
Not happy. I'm glad I only paid £1 for this from GAME else I would have been requesting a full refund.
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9.5 hrs
Posted: September 18
It's a budget game made by unknown Russian developers. Also, it's not the Cannon Fodder sequel anyone has been waiting for. However, I have very high tolerate for budget games made by unknown developers so I decided to try it anyway.

I found the game interesting enough to play it for 10 hours until I completed it. The game was OK, for £4 I paid it was good enough. It is a typical budget game. Voice acting is terrible, music is the most generic electro guitar tune on repeat, controls are bad (use WASD and mouse together!), story incoherent and ridiculous, graphics are OK but soldiers look truly hideous with small bodies and huge ugly heads. Oh, and the game literally calls you "♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥" in few missions... However, that did now surprise me as I knew to expect no better from this game. On the other hand if you can look past all this its OK little shooter. Gameplay is simple, repetitive yet somehow addictive. Its fun killing waves of enemies making huge chain explosions. Difficulty level is just right. Original Cannon Fodder was tough as nails but this one is much easier which I appreciate. There are some vehicles some levels and its quite fun driving those. Suppose you just got back from work. You are quite tired and don't have energy to play something demanding on your brain. You just want to veg-out and pass some time playing something really simple. This game is perfect for that!

Finally, do I recommend it? It depends. Is the game on sale and less than fiver and can you tolerate budget games? Have you already played Cannon Fodder I & II and Tiny Troopers? If the answer to all these questions is yes then sure go for it. Otherwise, you will be disappointed.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
Crap compared to the original.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: June 10
I don't know if it is just my problem, but I have fps drops...I played better games with higher system requirements. This game is not bad, but something is missing. It is just go there, destroy this and this building and again and again...yes I played a few minutes and if I will play this game more, then I will change my decision...but now, I say 15€ for this game is more than, this game can offer. Sorry for my english...
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0.2 hrs
Posted: May 17
This game is pretty terrible, which is depressing considering how much I loved the old games. Load times are long, especially considering my computer should have zero problem with this game. The controls feel bad. The camera controls badly as well. Graphics are bad. Skip this game. I'd have more fun playing the older games.
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3.3 hrs
Posted: April 19
not my favorite
its decent
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0.3 hrs
Posted: March 16
Probably half of my playtime on this game is due to the load times, not entirely sure why that is the case given what you actually see on this game per level. Basic top down shooter where you actually control 4 soldiers simultaneously that regardless of the angle where you're pointing for them to hit a target, they will shoot way off target so you have to aim "above" or further away than the target itself. Tutorial is rather incomplete and carries over to the first level and controls are not really well explained either.

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14.6 hrs
Posted: February 25
Maybe it is not totally like "old cannon fodder" (and it does has genneral with funny russian accent) but game is in general great and it totally has the spirit of old cannon fodder and I played old one on my friends amiga and it was great. And this one does fells same I totally recommend this game :)
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4.4 hrs
Posted: February 10
some great reveiws. wish id read em before my exited fingers clicked buybuybuy. love cannon fodder used to play it on amiga (best -only- version) had the song wedged in my head for no less than 20 years n let it sit there, halarious memorys.. ..but now go to your brother...and ....and oh BOLLO@£$ NOT AGAIN NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! YOU LIEING BA$T£&£$S!!!!!!!!!!! IAM GETTING REALLY SICK OF THESE GAMES BEING ADVERTISED AS CO OP N MULTI WHEN ITS DOESNT F$$KING WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!! its 2worlds2 all over again. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRR! HELLO TRADING STANDARDS!?!?!?!????, It is not availavble NONONNONONONO NOT! iam now standing in a field with a close perasonal friend cf3 loaded and ready WE AAARE GOING TO HAVE A DAM CF3 FACE OFF OH YEAH!!!!, LAPTOPS AT 10 PACES MOFOS!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU....
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16.2 hrs
Posted: December 8, 2015
fun game for pass time. should try!!!
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