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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 FM Towns Funny fish in this stage
Viewpoint Genesis Attacking a large ship.
Viewpoint Genesis Special attack
Viewpoint Genesis Level 2

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Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Player One Neo Geo Mar, 1993 97 out of 100 97
Sinclair User Arcade Apr, 1993 96 out of 100 96
Mega Fun Neo Geo Jan, 1993 93 out of 100 93
Play Time Neo Geo Jun, 1993 89 out of 100 89
GameFan Magazine Genesis Dec, 1994 84 out of 100 84
GameFan Magazine PlayStation Jan, 1996 78 out of 100 78
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Nov 27, 2010 B 75
Game Players PlayStation Feb, 1996 64 out of 100 64
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


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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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