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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 Arriving at the ice planet.
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 DOS Blasting enemies
Novastorm SEGA CD Another mid-boss. Unlike most other bosses in the game, this guy is completely sprite-based!

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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. DOS Chris Adderley (4)
The Full-Motion Shooter DOS James P. Wong (2448)
Don't let the term 'Interactive Movie' throw you -- this is a very good shooter. DOS Trixter (9110)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5322)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4643)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) FM Towns May, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Power Play DOS Dec, 1994 76 out of 100 76
CD Player PlayStation 1996 7 out of 10 70
Video Games PlayStation Oct, 1995 65 out of 100 65
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation Nov, 1995 60 out of 100 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) 3DO Mar, 1995 20 out of 40 50 SEGA CD Dec 26, 2011 5 out of 10 50
Joypad PlayStation Oct, 1995 50 out of 100 50
Game Players PlayStation Nov, 1995 45 out of 100 45
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Feb 09, 2014 D 25


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Cheat mode

The cheat mode, includes (amongst other jokes) some "techno" theme music sung (quite badly) by the programmers.


Some versions of the packaging contain an official lapel pin; others contain a small model of the ship.


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.


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  • 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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