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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 Entering a lava tunnel.
Novastorm SEGA CD And another intro shot. Though it might not look like it from the still screens, the video quality is quite high for a Sega CD game.
Novastorm 3DO A short mid-level cutscene. There is a lot of them.
Novastorm SEGA CD I die...

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 (8713)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5183)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4353)

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Mar, 1995 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Mar, 1995 4 out of 5 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Power Play DOS Dec, 1994 76 out of 100 76
Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Apr, 1995 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 68 out of 100 68
GamePro (US) PlayStation Dec, 1995 2.5 out of 5 50
PC Format (UK) DOS Dec, 1994 44 out of 100 44
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Feb, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Cheat mode

The cheat mode, includes (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.


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.

Video compression

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.


  • GameFan
  • 1994 "Megawards" (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - awarded the Overall Best Shooter Game of the Year
  • 1994 "Megawards" (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - awarded the Best 3DO Shooter Game of the Year
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