S.W.I.V.

Critic Score User Score
Amiga
87
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Atari ST
...
2.7
Acorn 32-bit
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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. Commodore 64 Controlling the heli...
S.W.I.V. ZX Spectrum Intensive battle between ground and air forces
S.W.I.V. Atari ST A game in progress
S.W.I.V. Amiga Chopper on the left is firing to all sides

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
The One Amiga Mar, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Amiga Action Amiga May, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Zero Amiga Nov, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Raze Amiga Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Joker Amiga Apr, 1991 86 out of 100 86
64'er Commodore 64 Jun, 1991 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1991 9 out of 12 75

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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 (136633), Martin Smith (63066) and Dan Marchant (16)