Nova 9

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Nova 9: Return of Gir Draxon

Developer(s) Dynamix
Publisher(s) Sierra On-Line, Inc.
Designer(s) Paul Bowman
Platform(s) Amiga, DOS
Release date(s) 1991
Genre(s) Shooter, Tank simulation
Mode(s) Single player
Media/distribution Floppy disk
System requirements
  • 286 MS-DOS or better
  • 640K RAM
  • VGA, EGA, or Tandy compatible video card
  • Sound Blaster compatible sound card
  • Keyboard

Nova 9: Return of Gir Draxon is a futuristic shooter computer game in which the player assumes the role of a tank pilot. The enemies include anything from other tanks to mechanical birds. Nova 9 is the sequel to the game Stellar 7.

Nova 9 was developed by Dynamix, which is now defunct.

Game Description

It has been two years since the Stellar 7 war. Gir Draxon, the villain, has not been found. Nova 9 has just issued a distress call... Captain John Alex, takes the experimental Raven II tank to investigate the distress call...

Played from a first person perspective in the cockpit of your tank, the goal is to destroy all of the various enemies found on nine planets. John Alex's tank, the Raven II, is equipped with various weaponry and a long range scanner to help in the mission. It is also equipped with a cloaking device for emergencies. Additional power-ups such as pickup energy and enhancement modules can be either beamed in or "salvaged" from the enemy wreckage.


The game was reviewed in 1992 in Dragon #180 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 4½ out of 5 stars.[1] Computer Gaming World praised the game's "breathtaking graphics", high difficulty, and intelligent opponents, only criticizing the lack of a save game option. The magazine concluded that "Nova 9 is an excellent offering for arcade fans everywhere ... a thoroughly professional effort".[2]

Guide for Playing Nova 9 in DOSBox

A guide for setting up DOSBox and playing Nova 9 can be found here:

Running Nova 9 on DOSBox


  1. Lesser, Hartley; Lesser, Patricia; Lesser, Kirk (April 1992). "The Role of Computers". pp. 57–61. 
  2. Threadgill, Todd (April 1992). "Draxon's Back!". Computer Gaming World. pp. 40. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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