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In the distant future humans have left Earth, carrying its ecosystem with them. However, the journey to the stars lasted longer than they had thought. Computers took control of navigation, and humans had nothing else to do but sleep, dreaming of a new paradise. When the mysterious Scarab-X forces attacked, the Scavenger 4 squadron became humanity's only hope for survival.

Novastorm is a rail shooter in which players blast enemies against a cinematic backdrop, trying to kill the computer-controlled fighters before they take over the world. Unlike first-generation interactive movies with action, the game has hooks into the environment: if the player-controlled fighter moves into the path of a pre-rendered obstacle, there is a collision and the craft takes damage.


Novastorm 3DO Landing on a lava planet.
Novastorm 3DO Fighting the first mid-boss.
Novastorm 3DO Entering a lava tunnel.
Novastorm 3DO About to fight the third mid-boss.

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Alternate Titles

  • "诺瓦风暴" -- Chinese spelling
  • "Scavenger 4" -- FM Towns title

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Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
GamePro (US) Apr, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Video Games Mar, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Apr, 1995 7 out of 10 70
Génération 4 Jan, 1995 67 out of 100 67
CD Player 1996 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1995 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic Dec 07, 2010 C- 42


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Cheat mode

The cheat mode, includes (amongst other jokes) some "techno" theme music sung (quite badly) by the programmers.


Some versions of the packaging contain an official lapel pin; others contain a small model of the ship.


The packaging for Novastorm is of a very high quality. The printing process for the box used a very fine screen for the background matte, and the foreground objects are glossy. Even the inside box is extremely sturdy--and made of recycled, bio-degradable materials.

Video compression

The proprietary video compression method used was surprisingly effective, given that it was tuned for single-speed drives, 15 frames per second, and 8-bit color displays.


  • GameFan
  • 1994 "Megawards" (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - awarded the Overall Best Shooter Game of the Year
  • 1994 "Megawards" (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - awarded the Best 3DO Shooter Game of the Year
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Corn Popper (69211) added Novastorm (3DO) on Mar 03, 2004
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