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Viewpoint

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
3.0
Genesis
63
2.7
Neo Geo
75
3.4
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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 Sharp X68000 "Configration" menu
Viewpoint Sharp X68000 Stage 3
Viewpoint Sharp X68000 First boss
Viewpoint Arcade Take-Off.

Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Neo Geo CD Apr 05, 2005 A- 91
GameFan Magazine Genesis Dec, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Power Play 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
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Dec, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation May 22, 2004 4 out of 10 40
Random Access Neo Geo Jan 10, 2013 3.2 out of 10 32
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Apr 12, 2005 D 25
IGN PlayStation Nov 26, 1996 2 out of 10 20

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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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