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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 Arcade Title Screen.
Viewpoint Genesis The third boss
Viewpoint Arcade Bigger ship to blast.
Viewpoint PlayStation Main menu

Promo Images

Viewpoint Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)
Viewpoint Magazine Advertisement Page 73

Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Player One Neo Geo Mar, 1993 97 out of 100 97
Mega Fun Neo Geo Jan, 1993 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) FM Towns May, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Power Play Neo Geo Feb, 1993 83 out of 100 83
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retro Archives Arcade Nov 07, 2018 15.5 out of 20 78
GamePro (US) PlayStation Feb, 1996 3.5 out of 5 70
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Mega Fun Genesis Mar, 1995 60 out of 100 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation May 22, 2004 4 out of 10 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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