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FM Towns
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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 SEGA CD Yey! Your key to success in Novastorm is to acquire the triple-shot as soon as possible. The game becomes quite easy once you do.
Novastorm SEGA CD I die...
Novastorm SEGA CD Yet again - lots of distracting cut-scenes
Novastorm SEGA CD The enemies become a lot quicker even this far in the game.

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

GameFan Magazine 3DO Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Dec 01, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Video Games 3DO Mar, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Apr, 1995 7 out of 10 70
Génération 4 3DO Jan, 1995 67 out of 100 67
CD Player 3DO 1996 6 out of 10 60
CD Player DOS 1996 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Feb 09, 2014 D 25
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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