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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 FM Towns Death animation
Novastorm FM Towns Approaching the planet
Novastorm 3DO Fighting the first mid-boss.
Novastorm SEGA CD The interplanetary council is in session on the issue of a spreading computer virus.

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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 (2399)
Don't let the term 'Interactive Movie' throw you -- this is a very good shooter. DOS Trixter (8781)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5171)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4351)

Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine 3DO Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
CD Player PlayStation 1996 7 out of 10 70
Génération 4 3DO Jan, 1995 67 out of 100 67
Video Games PlayStation Oct, 1995 65 out of 100 65
Play Time DOS Dec, 1994 64 out of 100 64
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Electric Playground PlayStation Nov 25, 1995 5 out of 10 50
Joypad PlayStation Oct, 1995 50 out of 100 50

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Trivia

Cheat mode

The cheat mode, includes (amongst other jokes) some "techno" theme music sung (quite badly) by the programmers.

Extras

Some versions of the packaging contain an official lapel pin; others contain a small model of the ship.

Packaging

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.

Awards

  • 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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