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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 Sharp X68000 First boss
Viewpoint FM Towns Complex pathways
Viewpoint Genesis Opening a wall.
Viewpoint Arcade Blast the ships.

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Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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Player One Neo Geo Mar, 1993 97 out of 100 97
Megablast Neo Geo 1993 85 out of 100 85
GameFan Magazine Genesis Dec, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Neo Geo Feb, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Video Games Neo Geo Feb, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Jan, 1996 7.6 out of 10 76
Video Games Genesis Mar, 1995 70 out of 100 70
Mega Fun Genesis Mar, 1995 60 out of 100 60
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
IGN PlayStation Nov 26, 1996 2 out of 10 20


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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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