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Novastorm (DOS)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Novastorm DOS Second boss
Novastorm DOS Don't hit that bridge!
Novastorm DOS Title Screen
Novastorm DOS Third boss

Alternate Titles

  • "Scavenger 4" -- FM Towns title

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User Reviews

The soundtrack elevates this rail shooter to greatness. Chris Adderley (4) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
The Full-Motion Shooter James P. Wong (2400) unrated
Don't let the term 'Interactive Movie' throw you -- this is a very good shooter. Trixter (8736) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... Accatone (5187) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A really good game. Tomer Gabel (4388) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

The Press Says

PC Gamer Feb, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Coming Soon Magazine Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1995 10 out of 12 83
MikroBitti Dec, 1994 82 out of 100 82
High Score Jan, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Dec, 1994 76 out of 100 76
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1994 68 out of 100 68
CD Player 1996 6 out of 10 60
PC Format (UK) Dec, 1994 44 out of 100 44
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

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. (I know it sounds silly to talk about a game's packaging, but it was really refreshing to see a game that wasn't just shoveled out the door in paper-thin packaging.)

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.

The cheat mode (I wouldn't dream of revealing it here) is very funny, including (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.

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Trixter (8736) added Novastorm (DOS) on Sep 14, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69643), Adam Baratz (1352) and Terok Nor (18430)