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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 FM Towns Before the boss battle
Novastorm FM Towns Main menu
Novastorm SEGA CD The bug is sick of running from you, and makes a stand.
Novastorm FM Towns Mmm... purple...

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 (5177)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)

Critic Reviews

Score DOS Dec, 1994 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Power Play DOS Dec, 1994 76 out of 100 76
CD Player PlayStation 1996 7 out of 10 70
Génération 4 3DO Jan, 1995 67 out of 100 67
CD Player DOS 1996 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) PlayStation Dec, 1995 2.5 out of 5 50
Electric Playground PlayStation Nov 25, 1995 5 out of 10 50
PC Format (UK) DOS Dec, 1994 44 out of 100 44
The Video Game Critic 3DO Dec 07, 2010 C- 42


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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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