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DescriptionIn 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.
- "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
Part of the Following Groups
|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-16.com||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 modeThe cheat mode, includes (amongst other jokes) some "techno" theme music sung (quite badly) by the programmers.
ExtrasSome versions of the packaging contain an official lapel pin; others contain a small model of the ship.
PackagingThe 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 compressionThe 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.
- 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
Related Web Sites
- Wikipedia: Novastorm (Information about Novastorm at Wikipedia)
FM Towns Credits (41 people)
38 developers, 3 thanks
Paul Franklin, Chris Browne, Jeremy Oldreive (as Jeremy Oldrieve), Colin Dempsey, Keith J. Roberts, Jim Bowers, Nicky Carus‑Wescott (as Nicky Carus-Westcott), Rogan MacDonald, Digby Rogers, Nikki Bridgman, Frank Kitson, Erik Noteboom, Andrew Howes, Neil ThompsonLive Action Shooting Crew:
Paul Franklin, Jim Bowers, Zafar Qamar, G. P. Everett (as GP Kenny Everett), Keith J. Roberts, Koji Kawano