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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 The enemies become a lot quicker even this far in the game.
Novastorm SEGA CD Arriving at the world boss.
Novastorm 3DO well as mid-bosses.
Novastorm FM Towns Trying to shoot down the defense system

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 (8791)
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
PC Gamer DOS Feb, 1995 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jan, 1995 10 out of 12 83
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Mar, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Dec 01, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Video Games 3DO Mar, 1995 74 out of 100 74
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 68 out of 100 68 SEGA CD Dec 26, 2011 5 out of 10 50
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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