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Silkworm

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
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Commodore 64
82
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NES
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3.1
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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 ZX Spectrum Intro shot
Silkworm NES Killing the sub-boss gives you a weapons upgrade
Silkworm NES Title screen

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The Press Says

Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 89 out of 100 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 845 out of 1000 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Sep, 1989 10 out of 12 83
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 77 out of 100 77
Power Play Atari ST Jun, 1989 75 out of 100 75
ST Format Atari ST Apr, 1991 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Apr, 1986 70 out of 100 70
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

  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Action Game in 1989
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Arcade Conversion in 1989

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