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Silkworm (Atari ST)

Silkworm Atari ST Title screen


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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 Atari ST The first level boss
Silkworm Atari ST The action is similar to level 1
Silkworm Atari ST Not easy to avoid all those
Silkworm Atari ST Title screen

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The One Mar, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The One May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Raze May, 1991 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Jun, 1989 75 out of 100 75
ST Action Jun, 1989 74 out of 100 74
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jun, 1989 735 out of 1000 74
ST Format Apr, 1991 73 out of 100 73
ST/Amiga Format Apr, 1989 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

Martin Smith (66830) added Silkworm (Atari ST) on Apr 03, 2004
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