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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.


Viewpoint Sharp X68000 First boss
Viewpoint Sharp X68000 Title screen and main menu
Viewpoint Arcade Take-Off.
Viewpoint PlayStation I have upgraded my ship.

Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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GameFan Magazine Neo Geo Dec, 1992 99.25 out of 100 99
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo CD Apr 05, 2005 A- 91
Megablast Neo Geo 1993 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Neo Geo Feb, 1993 83 out of 100 83
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Nov 27, 2010 B 75
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb, 1996 3.5 out of 5 70
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Oct 03, 2009 5 out of 10 50
Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation May 22, 2004 4 out of 10 40
All Game Guide Genesis 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
IGN PlayStation Nov 26, 1996 2 out of 10 20


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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.


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