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Viewpoint

MobyRank MobyScore
Neo Geo CD
...
...
PlayStation
54
3.0
Genesis
63
2.7
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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 FM Towns Getting started
Viewpoint Sharp X68000 Stage 2
Viewpoint Arcade Open the gates.
Viewpoint Genesis Mind the traffic

Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Player One Neo Geo Mar, 1993 97 out of 100 97
GameFan Magazine Genesis Dec, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Neo Geo Feb, 1993 83 out of 100 83
GameFan Magazine PlayStation Jan, 1996 78 out of 100 78
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb, 1996 3.5 out of 5 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Dec, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Edge Neo Geo Oct, 1993 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1994 3 out of 5 60
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

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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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