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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 DOS The first end-level boss
Novastorm DOS Don't hit that hill!
Novastorm DOS Third boss
Novastorm DOS Title Screen

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "诺瓦风暴" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Scavenger 4" -- FM Towns title
  • "スカベンジャー 4" -- Japanese FM Towns spelling
  • "ノバストーム" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The soundtrack elevates this rail shooter to greatness. Chris Adderley (4) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
The Full-Motion Shooter James P. Wong (2448) unrated
Don't let the term 'Interactive Movie' throw you -- this is a very good shooter. Trixter (9115) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... Accatone (5319) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A really good game. Tomer Gabel (4640) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer Feb, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Coming Soon Magazine Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1995 10 out of 12 83
MikroBitti Dec, 1994 82 out of 100 82
High Score Jan, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec 01, 1994 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Dec, 1994 76 out of 100 76
PC Joker Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Play Time Dec, 1994 64 out of 100 64


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Amiga version

The game was announced to be released for Amiga CD32 in November 1994. It was previewed in many Amiga magazines of that era, however the game was cancelled.


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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Trixter (9115) added Novastorm (DOS) on Sep 14, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69007), Adam Baratz (1484) and Terok Nor (31202)