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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.


Silkworm Amiga Looks like flying orbs
Silkworm Amiga Helicopter with shield
Silkworm Amiga Loading screen
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Commodore User May, 1989 93 out of 100 93
Zzap! May, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Raze May, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1991 88 out of 100 88
The One May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Power Play Jun, 1989 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1989 8.8 out of 12 73
Amiga Joker Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70


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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".


  • 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

Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker (489) added Silkworm (Amiga) on Feb 01, 2004
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