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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 A tough level 4 wave
Silkworm Amiga The high score table
Silkworm Amiga Helicopter with shield
Silkworm NES Title screen

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Mar, 1992 87 out of 100 87
The One Atari ST May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Apr, 1989 86 out of 100 86
The One Amiga May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Raze Atari ST May, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 74 out of 100 74
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 29 out of 100 29


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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".


  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #65 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Shoot-'em-ups
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Action Game in 1989
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Arcade Conversion in 1989

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