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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 Killing stuff with a single-shot early in the first level.
Novastorm SEGA CD Another mid-boss. Unlike most other bosses in the game, this guy is completely sprite-based!
Novastorm SEGA CD The action is often interrupted by cut-scenes.
Novastorm SEGA CD Yap, thought so...

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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 (8789)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5172)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer DOS Feb, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
MikroBitti DOS Dec, 1994 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) 3DO Apr, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Mar, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Apr, 1995 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
GamePro (US) PlayStation Dec, 1995 2.5 out of 5 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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