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Viewpoint (Genesis)

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Description

Viewpoint is a top-down orthographic perspective game in the tradition of Zaxxon. The PlayStation and Saturn versions feature 3D rendered graphics with texture maps, unlike the other versions which primarily feature shaded polygons.

One or two players (in hot-seat or cooperative mode) control a spaceship equipped with a laser cannon which can be charged (by holding the shooting button down) for a stronger blast. Besides the main weapon, three special weapons are available: a wall of fire which wipes the screen up in a wave, a nova-like blast and a circle of spherical-green homing missiles.

Screenshots

Viewpoint Genesis Large wheels and moving walls
Viewpoint Genesis The shield is very helpful, but it doesn't block everything.
Viewpoint Genesis Title screen
Viewpoint Genesis Opening a wall.

Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

GameFan Magazine Dec, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Sega-16.com Aug 08, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Mega Fun Mar, 1995 60 out of 100 60
GamePro (US) Dec, 1994 3 out of 5 60
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Oct 03, 2009 5 out of 10 50
All Game Guide 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

81560

If you continue the game for long enough without dying, certain enemies will release a pickup that gives an increasing amount of points each time one is collected. The highest value possible is 81560, which it not an arbitrary number; reading "8156" a certain way in Japanese would result in E-I-KO-MU, or "Aicom", which is the name of the Sammy studio that developed the game. This number also turns up in Blazing Star, another shooter produced by Aicom.

Saturn version

A SEGA Saturn version was in development, but was ultimately cancelled.

Awards

  • GameFan
    • 1994 (Vol. 3, Iss.1) - Best Genesis Shooter of the Year
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