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Viewpoint

MobyRank MobyScore
Genesis
63
3.0
Neo Geo
76
3.7
Neo Geo CD
...
5.0
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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 FM Towns Stage clear!
Viewpoint Sharp X68000 A series of holes with lots of seaworms jumping in and out of them
Viewpoint Arcade Blast the ships.
Viewpoint Genesis Charging my weapon.

Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Video Games Neo Geo Feb, 1993 83 out of 100 83
All Game Guide Neo Geo 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Sega-16.com Genesis Aug 08, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameFan Magazine PlayStation Jan, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Jan, 1996 7.6 out of 10 76
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Nov 27, 2010 B 75
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1994 3 out of 5 60
HonestGamers Neo Geo Feb 17, 2004 5 out of 10 50
All Game Guide Genesis 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
All Game Guide PlayStation 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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