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Silkworm

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
76
2.5
Arcade
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NES
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3.1
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Silkworm Commodore 64 I hate this rocket launcher!
Silkworm Arcade Silkworm
Silkworm Amstrad CPC Title screen and main menu
Silkworm Atari ST Bonus points screen

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The Press Says

Zzap! Amiga May, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Apr, 1991 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 845 out of 1000 84
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Apr, 1989 83 out of 100 83
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Atari ST Jun, 1989 75 out of 100 75
ST Format Atari ST Apr, 1991 73 out of 100 73
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Apr, 1986 70 out of 100 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1991 69 out of 100 69

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Trivia

Successor

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".

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #65 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Action Game in 1989
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Arcade Conversion in 1989

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