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Silkworm (Atari ST)

Silkworm Atari ST Title screen


100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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Silkworm is a classic horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up. The main difference between this game and many other side-scrolling shoot-em-ups is that you will be on land as well as in the air.

The first player would play as a helicopter, but if a second player joins the game, they would play as a jeep. Both players would have to protect each other as well as themselves. After a certain number of kills, a "goose" helicopter would form on the screen. If the players managed to destroy it they would get a weapon's powerup. This would go on throughout the entire game, and a "goose" could appear even during the fight with the end-of-level baddie.


Silkworm Atari ST The first level boss
Silkworm Atari ST Game start
Silkworm Atari ST Good job I've got the diagonal fire
Silkworm Atari ST A tough level 4 wave

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Power Play Jun, 1989 75 out of 100 75
ST Format Apr, 1991 73 out of 100 73
ST/Amiga Format Apr, 1986 70 out of 100 70


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After converting Silkworm to many home computers, Random Access created their own (unofficial) take on the game. This "sequel" is called S.W.I.V., and extended the game and its features. The title officially stood for "Special Weapons Interdiction Vehicle", but the developers later revealed/joked that it meant "IV (4) times better than SilkWorm".


  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Action Game in 1989
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Arcade Conversion in 1989

Martin Smith (63162) added Silkworm (Atari ST) on Apr 03, 2004
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