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Novastorm

MobyRank MobyScore
SEGA CD
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2.1
DOS
71
3.7
FM Towns
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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 SEGA CD Main menu. Even here the background is a full motion video.
Novastorm FM Towns On the way to a different part of the planet
Novastorm FM Towns Main menu
Novastorm FM Towns Be careful in those trenches

Alternate Titles

  • "Scavenger 4" -- FM Towns title

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User Reviews

The soundtrack elevates this rail shooter to greatness. DOS Chris Adderley (4)
The Full-Motion Shooter DOS James P. Wong (2400)
Don't let the term 'Interactive Movie' throw you -- this is a very good shooter. DOS Trixter (8739)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5187)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4394)

The Press Says

GameFan Magazine 3DO Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jan, 1995 10 out of 12 83
MikroBitti DOS Dec, 1994 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Mar, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Apr, 1995 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 68 out of 100 68
CD Player 3DO 1996 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) PlayStation Dec, 1995 2.5 out of 5 50
Sega-16.com SEGA CD Dec 26, 2011 5 out of 10 50
IGN PlayStation Nov 25, 1999 2 out of 10 20

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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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Contributed to by Corn Popper (69569), Trixter (8739), Adam Baratz (1352) and Terok Nor (18323)