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Silkworm

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
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Commodore 64
82
2.1
Amiga
83
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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 These combat aircraft are flying very fast.
Silkworm Arcade Boss fight
Silkworm NES Game over
Silkworm Amiga Looks like flying orbs

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The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1991 88 out of 100 88
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) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 79 out of 100 79
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jul, 1989 75 out of 100 75
ST Format Atari ST Apr, 1991 73 out of 100 73
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1989 8.8 out of 12 73
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Jan, 1990 25 out of 40 62
Power Play Arcade Jul, 1988 5 out of 10 50

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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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