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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 DOS Don't hit that bridge!
Novastorm SEGA CD Fighting the first mid-boss. This thing fires giant insta-kill maces at you, so watch out!
Novastorm SEGA CD Tracking a giant bug.
Novastorm 3DO A short mid-level cutscene. There is a lot of them.

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

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jan, 1995 10 out of 12 83
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Mar, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Dec, 1995 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 68 out of 100 68
Génération 4 3DO Jan, 1995 67 out of 100 67
Mega Fun PlayStation Sep, 1995 58 out of 100 58
GamePro (US) PlayStation Dec, 1995 2.5 out of 5 50
Electric Playground PlayStation Nov 25, 1995 5 out of 10 50
Joypad PlayStation Oct, 1995 50 out of 100 50


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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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Contributed to by Corn Popper (69543), Trixter (8726), Adam Baratz (1343) and Terok Nor (21383)