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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 Arcade Silkworm
Silkworm Commodore 64 Reached wave 09 after 15 minutes.
Silkworm Amiga Loading screen
Silkworm Amiga No problem, I got the shield!

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Critic Reviews

The One Atari ST Mar, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1992 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
Power Play Atari ST Jun, 1989 75 out of 100 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1989 735 out of 1000 74
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Apr, 1989 70 out of 100 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1991 69 out of 100 69
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

  • 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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