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Novastorm

MobyRank MobyScore
SEGA CD
...
2.1
3DO
66
2.5
DOS
71
3.7
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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 Circling a volcanic crater.
Novastorm SEGA CD I die...
Novastorm SEGA CD Fighting a giant mech.
Novastorm FM Towns ...and this is gameplay

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 (2399)
Don't let the term 'Interactive Movie' throw you -- this is a very good shooter. DOS Trixter (8734)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5185)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4380)

The Press Says

MikroBitti DOS Dec, 1994 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) 3DO Apr, 1995 4 out of 5 80
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Mar, 1995 4 out of 5 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
CD Player DOS 1996 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) 3DO Mar, 1995 5 out of 10 50
Game Players PlayStation Nov, 1995 45 out of 100 45
The Video Game Critic 3DO Dec 07, 2010 C- 42
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Feb, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
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 (69754), Trixter (8734), Adam Baratz (1350) and Terok Nor (19005)