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Silkworm

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
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Amiga
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3.5
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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 ZX Spectrum A level 1 wave
Silkworm Atari ST Level 3 has some intriguing scenery
Silkworm Amiga No problem, I got the shield!
Silkworm Amiga Loading screen

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The Press Says

Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1991 88 out of 100 88
The One Amiga May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
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
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1989 79 out of 100 79
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 77 out of 100 77
Power Play Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 74 out of 100 74
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"
  • 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

Contributed to by Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker (419), Martin Smith (63062), Pseudo_Intellectual (44788), Игги Друге (44659) and LepricahnsGold (95291)