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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 Amiga Stay alive and earn a lot of points
Silkworm Commodore 64 This is the last stage.
Silkworm Commodore 64 Fighting a giant tank.
Silkworm Amiga Helicopter with shield

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Critic Reviews

Raze Amiga May, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Apr, 1991 88 out of 100 88
The One Atari ST May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
The One Amiga May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1989 79 out of 100 79
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 79 out of 100 79
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Apr, 1989 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Amstrad CPC Aug, 1989 29 out of 100 29

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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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