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Cannon Fodder

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, discovered by Galahad/Fairlight when he made the WHDLoad install for the game back in 2001.

Cannon Fodder

If you decrunch the file VIRGPRES.RAW, everything appears to be normal when the default palette is applied:

A Virgin publication

But if you alter colour palette entry 31 from black to white, the hidden text appears:

A Virgin publication - free sex!

But the most famous hidden message in the game is undoubtedly the end sequence screen, stored in the file WON.RAW:

The end with hidden message FUCK YOU

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!

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  • Gravatar for Stoo Cambridge

    I have to admit when I put this screen together I had no idea many years later it would be revealed!
    I mean who'd have thought!


    Stoo Cambridge 18/10/2023 1:35pm (8 months ago)

  • Gravatar for Daniel

    I remember typing in "joolslives" or something and lot of fresh recruits where walking in the main menu screen - anyone can confirm there was a cheat like that?

    Daniel 29/04/2018 10:31am (6 years ago)

  • Gravatar for Codetapper

    Galahad: I guess I gave up waiting for you to post the pictures! (Plus I never read the Cannon Fodder WHDLoad readme before now so didn't know about it!)

    Codetapper 07/10/2016 10:25pm (8 years ago)

  • Gravatar for Galahad

    Jesus wept, I wrote about this over a decade ago.......why so slow? ;)

    Galahad 07/10/2016 9:26pm (8 years ago)

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