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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 Fighting the second mid-boss.
Novastorm DOS Don't hit that hill!
Novastorm DOS Don't hit that bridge!
Novastorm 3DO Even this early on the game is not a pushover.

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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 (2450)
Don't let the term 'Interactive Movie' throw you -- this is a very good shooter. DOS Trixter (9132)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5368)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4678)

Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine 3DO Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jan, 1995 10 out of 12 83
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
High Score DOS Jan, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Score DOS Dec, 1994 80 out of 100 80
CD Player 3DO 1996 6 out of 10 60
CD Player DOS 1996 6 out of 10 60
Joypad PlayStation Oct, 1995 50 out of 100 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Feb, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
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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