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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 I die...
Novastorm SEGA CD The game gets REALLY hard at this point.
Novastorm SEGA CD Fighting a giant mech.
Novastorm 3DO Landing on a lava planet.

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 (8790)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5178)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)

Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine 3DO Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
PC Gamer DOS Feb, 1995 85 out of 100 85
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Mar, 1995 4 out of 5 80
High Score DOS Jan, 1995 4 out of 5 80
GamePro (US) 3DO Apr, 1995 4 out of 5 80
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 68 out of 100 68
Play Time DOS Dec, 1994 64 out of 100 64
CD Player 3DO 1996 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) PlayStation Dec, 1995 2.5 out of 5 50
PC Format (UK) DOS Dec, 1994 44 out of 100 44

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Trivia

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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