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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.


Silkworm Atari ST Watch that anti-aircraft missile
Silkworm Commodore 64 Fighting a giant tank.
Silkworm Amiga This giant drops other small helicopters
Silkworm Amiga Loading screen

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The One Atari ST Mar, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Mar, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Raze Atari ST May, 1991 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jul, 1989 75 out of 100 75 NES May, 2013 B 75
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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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".


  • 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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