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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 Genesis Title screen
Viewpoint Genesis Level 1 boss
Viewpoint Genesis Level 2
Viewpoint Sharp X68000 Oi you caterpillar thing, don't eat my pod power-up, I'm gonna need it!

Promo Images

Viewpoint Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)

Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine Neo Geo Dec, 1992 99.25 out of 100 99
Play Time Neo Geo Jun, 1993 89 out of 100 89
GameFan Magazine Genesis Dec, 1994 84 out of 100 84
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide Neo Geo 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games PlayStation Jan, 1996 70 out of 100 70
Video Games Genesis Mar, 1995 70 out of 100 70
Game Players PlayStation Feb, 1996 64 out of 100 64
HonestGamers Neo Geo Feb 17, 2004 5 out of 10 50
All Game Guide Genesis 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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