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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 And another intro shot. Though it might not look like it from the still screens, the video quality is quite high for a Sega CD game.
Novastorm FM Towns Title screen
Novastorm SEGA CD Fighting a giant mech.
Novastorm FM Towns Intro FMV

Promo Images

Novastorm Magazine Advertisement
Novastorm Magazine Advertisement
Novastorm Magazine Advertisement

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 (2447)
Don't let the term 'Interactive Movie' throw you -- this is a very good shooter. DOS Trixter (9115)
A solid arcade shooter every gamer should experience... DOS Accatone (5314)
A really good game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4634)

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Dec 01, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Score DOS Dec, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Dec, 1995 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78
PC Joker DOS Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Video Games PlayStation Oct, 1995 65 out of 100 65
Joypad PlayStation Oct, 1995 50 out of 100 50
Game Players PlayStation Nov, 1995 45 out of 100 45
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Feb, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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