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Novastorm

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
51
2.3
SEGA CD
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2.1
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 DOS Title Screen
Novastorm SEGA CD The interplanetary council is in session on the issue of a spreading computer virus.
Novastorm SEGA CD Now THAT'S poor visibility.
Novastorm SEGA CD Moving on to the next virus-infested planet.

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 (8730)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5184)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4364)

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jan, 1995 10 out of 12 83
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Mar, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Dec, 1995 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Mar, 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
Sega-16.com SEGA CD Dec 26, 2011 5 out of 10 50
GamePro (US) PlayStation Dec, 1995 2.5 out of 5 50
Joypad PlayStation Oct, 1995 50 out of 100 50
Game Players PlayStation Nov, 1995 45 out of 100 45

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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 (69651), Trixter (8730), Adam Baratz (1344) and Terok Nor (19543)