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Viewpoint

MobyRank MobyScore
Sharp X68000
...
5.0
Arcade
...
4.0
Genesis
63
3.0
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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 Sharp X68000 Stage 1
Viewpoint Sharp X68000 First boss
Viewpoint PlayStation Intro scene
Viewpoint PlayStation Shoot at that mechanism to open the door.

Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

GameFan Magazine Neo Geo Dec, 1992 99.25 out of 100 99
Player One Neo Geo Mar, 1993 97 out of 100 97
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo CD Apr 05, 2005 A- 91
Mega Fun PlayStation Dec, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Jan, 1996 7.6 out of 10 76
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Nov 27, 2010 B 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Dec, 1994 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb, 1996 3.5 out of 5 70
HonestGamers Neo Geo Feb 17, 2004 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Apr 12, 2005 D 25

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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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