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C-Dogs SDL

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C-Dogs SDL is a classic overhead run-and-gun game, supporting up to 4 players in co-op and deathmatch modes. Customize your player, choose from many weapons, and blast, slide and slash your way through over 100 user-created campaigns. Have fun!

Releases and release notes

For more information about the original C-Dogs read original\_readme.txt.

What is C-Dogs SDL

Walk cycle

C-Dogs is a freeware DOS game made between 1997-2001 by Ronny Wester, who's also known for making Cyberdogs (1994). Although relatively obscure, it was one of the more well-known games of its kind, and built a small following with many fans creating custom campaigns for it. Players loved it for its simple yet addictive gameplay and wicked explosions.


The story would have ended there had Ronny not been awesome enough to release the source code in 2002. There it was picked up by Jeremy Chin and Lucas Martin-King, who ported the game to SDL and made it available for modern PCs. A few other ports came and went, for systems as varied as BeOS and Wii.

These days the project is maintained by Cong Xu, who along with a few other contributors, have been making the game even better while staying true to the original game's vision. 4-player multiplayer, co-op AI, moddability and new campaigns/maps are just some of the enhancements available.

So what are you waiting for? Download C-Dogs SDL today and have a blast!


Packaging status

C-Dogs SDL runs on Windows, Linux and macOS. Other platforms and ports are also available, but may be outdated.


The easiest way is to download from If you use the app, your game installation will be updated automatically.

For building on your platform, follow the getting started wiki. You will need the SDL2 development libraries installed.


tl;dr: GPLv2 for code, CC0/CC-BY/CC-BY-SA for assets. Significant amounts of BSD 2-clause code.

Code is licensed under GPL version 2, with significant portions under BSD 2-clause. The code is free software; you can use, modify and redistribute for any purpose, as long as you follow the GPL and BSD licenses!

Data is licensed under various free terms, including CC0, CC-BY and CC-BY-SA. The original C-Dogs data is also under CC-BY. New data is licensed as CC0 if not specified. You are free to use, modify and redistribute these for any purpose, as long as you follow their licenses.


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