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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 Level 4 boss. A copy of all the other 10 bosses.
Silkworm Amstrad CPC We destroyed the sub-boss.
Silkworm Atari ST Initial wave and weaponry
Silkworm Atari ST The first level boss

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Critic Reviews

Commodore Format Commodore 64 Mar, 1992 87 out of 100 87
The One Atari ST May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 845 out of 1000 84
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 Action Atari ST Jun, 1989 74 out of 100 74
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

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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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