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Description

S.W.I.V. is a vertical scrolling shooter and an unofficial follow-up to Sales Curve's conversion of the side scroller Tecmo arcade game Silkworm.

One player controls a helicopter and the other a jeep, with the jeep transforming into a boat when the vehicles pass over water. As well as a host of blaster fodder the game also includes a mid-level enemy inspired by the "Goose" enemy from the earlier title Silkworm. Pieces of this enemy would fly onto the screen and assemble into one vehicle before commencing to fire at the players' vehicles. When destroyed the "goose" would drop power-ups.

Screenshots

S.W.I.V. Amiga Watch out for those volcanic rocks
S.W.I.V. Amiga Your jeep is replaced by motorboat on the open water
S.W.I.V. Amiga Let's collect some hardly acquired upgrade tokens
S.W.I.V. Amstrad CPC Starting out level 1

Alternate Titles

  • "SWIV" -- Alternate spelling
  • "Special Weapons Interdictions Vehicles" -- Unofficial full title
  • "Silkworm IV" -- Informal title
  • "SilkWorm In Vertical" -- Alternative Read-out

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User Reviews

Faultless arcade game, near-faultless conversion. Amiga Martin Smith (76)

Critic Reviews

Top Secret Amiga Jan, 1993 5 out of 5 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Apr, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Raze Amiga Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Atari ST User Atari ST Jun, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1991 83 out of 100 83
64'er Commodore 64 Jun, 1991 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1991 9 out of 12 75
Power Play Amiga May, 1991 70 out of 100 70

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Trivia

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #27 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Shoot-'em-ups

Contributed to by Martin Smith (76), Kabushi (155129), Martin Smith (62998) and Dan Marchant (16)