Silkworm (Sales Curve/ Virgin Mastertronic 1988)
A superrrrbbb horizontal scroller. Good graphics, good sound, great playability. It's one of the older titles but I'm a firm advocate that most of the earlier titles were better than the later ones (could that be due to the fact that the early titles were actually written on the ST rather than ported from the Amiga). The only criticism is that it's a bit hard to play with the jeep. Prequel to SWIV. Really, who said the ST can't scroll. This game scrolls brilliantly with some amazing graphics, and (read with thick Yorkshire accent) tuns and tuns of sprites on screen at once. Oh and not a tad of the slowdown you get in R-Type. Yes there's a real arcade feel to this one. Though that might be something to do with originally being an arcade game. Hhhmm maybe.
Zogging Hell Rating: 9/10
Another weird one, press C on the high score table to enter cheese mode. Then play the game and type GORGONZOLA (the missing cheese from the cheese table) for some weird stuff, then press C for extra credits.
Download Silkworm as a zipped *.MSA file here. To decompact this file onto a DD floppy, you will need ST Zip and the Magic Shadow Archiver, both downloadable from here. Emulator users using Winston or Steem should be able to run the program straight out after decompacting the zip file. Pacifist users will have to convert it to *.ST format.
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