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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.


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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

Megablast Neo Geo 1993 85 out of 100 85
Video Games Neo Geo Feb, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Neo Geo Feb, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Retro Archives PlayStation Nov 07, 2018 15.5 out of 20 78
Retro Archives Arcade Nov 07, 2018 15.5 out of 20 78
Retro Archives Genesis Nov 07, 2018 13.5 out of 20 68
Game Players PlayStation Feb, 1996 64 out of 100 64
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Oct 03, 2009 5 out of 10 50
All Game Guide Genesis 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Random Access Neo Geo Jan 10, 2013 3.2 out of 10 32


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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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