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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 FM Towns Main menu
Novastorm 3DO Fighting the second mid-boss.
Novastorm 3DO Landing on a lava planet.
Novastorm DOS Don't hit that bridge!

Alternate Titles

  • "诺瓦风暴" -- Chinese spelling
  • "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 (2399)
Don't let the term 'Interactive Movie' throw you -- this is a very good shooter. DOS Trixter (8726)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5187)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer DOS Feb, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
High Score DOS Jan, 1995 4 out of 5 80
PC Joker DOS Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
CD Player PlayStation 1996 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 68 out of 100 68
Video Games PlayStation Oct, 1995 65 out of 100 65
CD Player 3DO 1996 6 out of 10 60 SEGA CD Dec 26, 2011 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Feb 09, 2014 D 25


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The game received two awards in GameFan's 1994 "Megawards" (Vol 3, Iss. 1)

  • Overall Best Shooter Game of the Year
  • Best 3DO Shooter Game of the Year

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