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Silkworm

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
80
2.5
ZX Spectrum
...
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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 Wave 03
Silkworm Amiga Loading screen
Silkworm Arcade Destroy cannon
Silkworm Amiga Jumping helicopters - now I've seen everything!

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The Press Says

The One Atari ST Mar, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Zzap! Amiga May, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Raze Amiga May, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Mar, 1992 87 out of 100 87
The One Atari ST May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Apr, 1989 83 out of 100 83
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 77 out of 100 77
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jul, 1989 75 out of 100 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1989 8.8 out of 12 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

Contributed to by Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker (419), Martin Smith (63048), Pseudo_Intellectual (44780), Игги Друге (44531) and LepricahnsGold (89507)