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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 I don't understand how he can survive without water
Viewpoint Sharp X68000 Title screen and main menu
Viewpoint Neo Geo One large enemy and several smaller ones
Viewpoint Genesis Escaped

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Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User Arcade Apr, 1993 96 out of 100 96
Play Time Neo Geo Jun, 1993 89 out of 100 89 Genesis Aug 08, 2009 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameFan Magazine PlayStation Jan, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Dec, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Video Games PlayStation Jan, 1996 70 out of 100 70
Edge Neo Geo Oct, 1993 7 out of 10 70
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Oct 03, 2009 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Apr 12, 2005 D 25


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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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