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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 Wave 07
Silkworm Amstrad CPC Completed wave 1
Silkworm Arcade Destroy cannon
Silkworm Arcade Shield structure

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Critic Reviews

The One Atari ST Mar, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 90 out of 100 90
The One Amiga May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1992 83 out of 100 83
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 Atari ST Jun, 1989 75 out of 100 75
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jul, 1989 75 out of 100 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1989 735 out of 1000 74
ST Format Atari ST Apr, 1991 73 out of 100 73

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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

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