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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.

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Silkworm Atari ST Shot down by the tanks
Silkworm Commodore 64 The bonus points screen
Silkworm Commodore 64 Destroying the helicopters of wave 04.
Silkworm NES A sub-boss is about to form

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Critic Reviews

The One Atari ST Mar, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1991 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 77 out of 100 77
Power Play Atari ST Jun, 1989 75 out of 100 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1989 735 out of 1000 74
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
Power Play Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 29 out of 100 29

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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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