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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 Loading screen. The logo actually rotates (now that's a big, big bitmap!)
Novastorm FM Towns Main menu
Novastorm DOS The first end-level boss
Novastorm 3DO Level 1-3... Novastorm is surprisingly long for an FMV game.

Promo Images

Novastorm Magazine Advertisement

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 (9122)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5342)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4646)

Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine 3DO Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
PC Joker DOS Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
CD Player PlayStation 1996 7 out of 10 70
Mean Machines SEGA CD Jan, 1995 69 out of 100 69
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mega Fun PlayStation Sep, 1995 58 out of 100 58 SEGA CD Dec 26, 2011 5 out of 10 50
Electric Playground PlayStation Nov 25, 1995 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Feb 09, 2014 D 25
IGN PlayStation Nov 25, 1999 2 out of 10 20


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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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