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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 Boss fight
Silkworm Commodore 64 Destroying the helicopters of wave 04.
Silkworm Atari ST Level 2 boss
Silkworm Commodore 64 The loading screen

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Critic Reviews

The One Atari ST Mar, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The One Amiga May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Raze Atari ST May, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1992 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1989 79 out of 100 79
Questicle.net NES May, 2013 B 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1989 735 out of 1000 74
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70

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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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