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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 PlayStation Shoot at that mechanism to open the door.
Viewpoint PlayStation Stage 2
Viewpoint PlayStation A powerful boos awaits you at the end of every stage.
Viewpoint PlayStation I have upgraded my ship.

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Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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Mega Fun Dec, 1995 80 out of 100 80
GameFan Magazine Jan, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1996 30.5 out of 40 76
GamePro (US) Feb, 1996 3.5 out of 5 70
Video Games Jan, 1996 70 out of 100 70
Game Players Feb, 1996 64 out of 100 64
Digital Press - Classic Video Games May 22, 2004 4 out of 10 40
All Game Guide 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
The Video Game Critic Apr 12, 2005 D 25
IGN 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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Victor Gerth (10) added Viewpoint (PlayStation) on Jan 07, 2005
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