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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 3DO A short mid-level cutscene. There is a lot of them.
Novastorm FM Towns Approaching the planet
Novastorm SEGA CD This boss might look impressive, but it really is a pushover.
Novastorm SEGA CD Arriving at the world boss.

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 (8743)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5186)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4416)

The Press Says

GameFan Magazine 3DO Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
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
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
CD Player DOS 1996 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) PlayStation Dec, 1995 2.5 out of 5 50
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
IGN PlayStation Nov 25, 1999 2 out of 10 20


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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 (69521), Trixter (8743), Adam Baratz (1353) and Terok Nor (17855)