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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 Neo Geo Game over
Viewpoint Neo Geo Title screen
Viewpoint Genesis Level 2
Viewpoint Sharp X68000 A series of holes with lots of seaworms jumping in and out of them

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
Mega Fun Neo Geo Jan, 1993 93 out of 100 93
Play Time Neo Geo Jun, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Megablast Neo Geo 1993 85 out of 100 85
All Game Guide Neo Geo 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Edge Neo Geo Oct, 1993 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb, 1996 3.5 out of 5 70
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Oct 03, 2009 5 out of 10 50
Random Access Neo Geo Jan 10, 2013 3.2 out of 10 32
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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