Title Silkworm (Second Review) Game Type Shoot'Em Up Players 1 HD Installable Yes (With Patch) Compatibility All Amigas (WHDLoad patch available) Company Virgin Mastertronic Submission Submission Seppo Typpö (firstname.lastname@example.org) Profiled Reviewer Review Imagine coming home in the evening after a heavy day at the work (or school). You still have enough energy to play games on your Amiga, but you're too tired to concentrate on something which needs thinking. So you load up Silkworm, the predecessor of one of the best vertical shoot'em ups on Amiga, SWIV. Only this time things move horizontally, as you fly your helicopter (or drive your jeep) from left to right, eliminating everything that comes against you. Silkworm is about pure action. Fans of SWIV will immediately notice similarities between the two games - the thundering sound effects, a clever two-player mode and the way powerups appear. Unlike SWIV, Silkworm is divided into separate stages which all end with a confrontation with some big end-of-level boss. The action comes in thick and fast - still, the perfect controls and cleverly placed powerups allow skilful players to dig deep into the levels. There are some nice touches (like one place where the player has to shoot a hole in a wall to pass through). The presentation of the game is pretty much faultless - perfect scrolling with lots of things happening in the background (like an aircraft carrier launching its fighters). The sound effects are excellent and best heard in high volume through a sophisticated stereo system. The gameplay is excellent too - a spot-on difficulty curve and excellent controllability makes the player's own abilitites the only restricting factor for success. One minor nag is that there is little variation in the end-of-level bosses (there seems to be only two types of them) and the fact that you lose all your power-ups if you die - not nice if you have progressed to the later levels where enemies get tougher and appear in bigger numbers. Silkworm is a wonderful little stress-reliever and one of the best Amiga shoot'em ups - playing it is almost a therapeutic experience - play a couple of hours of this and the pressures raised by your idiot boss, nagging wife, annoying neighbour etc are literally blown away.