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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 The bug is sick of running from you, and makes a stand.
Novastorm SEGA CD This mid-boss is a pain in the ass, as it has no clear weak spot. Killing it is a crapshoot.
Novastorm SEGA CD Arriving at the ice planet.
Novastorm SEGA CD Killing stuff with a single-shot early in the first level.

Alternate Titles

  • "诺瓦风暴" -- Chinese spelling
  • "Scavenger 4" -- FM Towns title

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Mar, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Mar, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Play Time Jan, 1995 60 out of 100 60
Sega-16.com Dec 26, 2011 5 out of 10 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
Information also contributed by Big John WV


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Corn Popper (69431) added Novastorm (SEGA CD) on Mar 03, 2004
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