IGN writes: "The designers of N.O.V.A., Gameloft's new first-person shooter for iPhone, have been playing a lot of Halo. And it's obvious that when they took a break, it was only to play Dead Space. But while its derivative nature is on full display in every pixel of N.O.V.A., so is something else: a slam-bang action game that draws a new line in the sand and challenges all else to top it. When you get your thumbs on N.O.V.A.'s exemplary controls, great scenarios, and excellent polish you will immediately understand why it scored our award for the best iPhone action game of 2009."