The Sensible Software team often put hidden messages into their games, and Cannon Fodder is another classic effort from them. There's a couple of hidden messages at the start and very end of the game.
If you decrunch the file VIRGPRES.RAW, everything appears to be normal when the default palette is applied:
But if you alter colour palette entry 31 from black to white, the hidden text appears:
But the most famous hidden message in the game is undoubtedly the end sequence screen, stored in the file WON.RAW:
If you take the first letter of each of the individual messages "Far out", "Unreal", "Crazy dude!", "Kool, babe", "Yippeee!", "Outrageous" and "Uurgggggh!" you'll notice that it spells "FUCK YOU".
I can't think of any other development team other than Sensible Software that would have the balls to release something like that!
The amusing startup-sequence for Final Fight, written by Richard Aplin. Remember Line Of Fire? Here we go again, crackers! Fill in the blanks...
The amusing startup-sequence for Line of Fire, written by Richard Aplin. Dear cracker, to save you time, simply fill in the appropriate lines below...