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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

A nicely done, if unoriginal, Defender clone.

Nova BlastGraphics: 4
Sound: 4
Replay Value: 2
Notes: 1-player game; Easter Egg
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Nova Blast is rather weak as a game. The sounds are pretty cool, and it looks nice. But it's too blatant a Defender rip-off - really one of Imagic's more disappointing games, considering the company it keeps. Once you're decent at it, you can play indefinitely. It seems that Imagic's late entries suffered on originality, or failing that, gameplay (see Fathom). Sometimes, the effort to keep gameplay identical on multiple platforms meant clipping the wings of a game.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, two variations have been found.
Manual Two variants have been identified.
Overlays No variations have been found.
Label To date, two labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs A title screen Easter egg has been found.




A total of two Nova Blast box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Nova Blast Box (Imagic 710022-1A) Imagic 710022-1A 1983 U.S.A. Standard black tray with cardboard backing; DOES NOT have game name and catalog number on top; game title on blue background on spine
Nova Blast Box (Imagic 710022-2A) Imagic 710022-2A 1983 U.S.A. International Edition—text in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch; standard black tray with cardboard backing; DOES NOT have game name and catalog number on top; game title on blue background on spine




A total of two Nova Blast manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Nova Blast Manual (Imagic 700022-1 Rev. A) Imagic 700022-1 Rev. A 1983 U.S.A.  
Nova Blast Manual (Imagic 700022-2 Rev. A) Imagic 700022-2 Rev. A 1983 U.S.A. International Edition—instructions in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, Dutch




A total of two Nova Blast overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Nova Blast Overlay (Imagic 740022-1A) Imagic 740022-1A 1983    
Nova Blast Overlay (Phil Boland 740006-1A<br>PRTD2014) Phil Boland 740006-1A
PRTD2014
1983   Part of the Imagic Overlays 2.0 Set (2016); NOTE: uses same part number as the Atlantis overlay




A total of two Nova Blast label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Nova Blast Label (Imagic 720022-1A) Imagic 720022-1A 1983 U.S.A. Text label
Nova Blast Label (Imagic 720022-2A) Imagic 720022-2A 1983 U.S.A. International Edition—label text in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch; silver label




Title Screen Standard Imagic attract-mode title screen.
No, This Is NOT Defender! The firing rate on youre ship's cannon is awesome! Smooth scrolling and well-rendered graphics make the game visually appealing.





This wonderful title screen egg brought to you by Wendell Brown.

Credit: Joe Zbiciak

Left Controller: Press and hold: [1]
Right Controller: Press and hold: [1]
Press Reset
Easter Egg: The title screen has a slightly different look:

Nova Blast Easter Egg



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