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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 DOS Mission Briefing
Novastorm SEGA CD Unleashing a barrage of crude round sprites at the second mid-boss.
Novastorm SEGA CD This boss might look impressive, but it really is a pushover.
Novastorm FM Towns Before the boss battle

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Alternate Titles

  • "诺瓦风暴" -- 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 (2451)
Don't let the term 'Interactive Movie' throw you -- this is a very good shooter. DOS Trixter (9125)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5351)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4645)

Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine 3DO Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Dec, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Mean Machines SEGA CD Jan, 1995 69 out of 100 69
CD Player DOS 1996 6 out of 10 60
CD Player 3DO 1996 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) PlayStation Dec, 1995 2.5 out of 5 50
PC Format (UK) DOS Dec, 1994 44 out of 100 44
The Video Game Critic 3DO Dec 07, 2010 C- 42
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Feb 09, 2014 D 25

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Trivia

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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