S.W.I.V. (ZX Spectrum)

S.W.I.V. ZX Spectrum Title screen

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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. ZX Spectrum Watch out for those launched volcanic rocks
S.W.I.V. ZX Spectrum Heli versus immobile tank with small fighters
S.W.I.V. ZX Spectrum A few more bullets to finish upgrade carryall
S.W.I.V. ZX Spectrum Controlling the jeep is harder than helicopter

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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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

Martin Smith (63071) added S.W.I.V. (ZX Spectrum) on Aug 30, 2004
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