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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 FM Towns The first boss battle
Viewpoint Neo Geo Game over
Viewpoint FM Towns Complex pathways
Viewpoint FM Towns You have to shoot the switches, not the gates themselves!

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Alternate Titles

  • "ビューポイント" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User Arcade Apr, 1993 96 out of 100 96
Mega Fun PlayStation Dec, 1995 80 out of 100 80
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Nov 27, 2010 B 75
Video Games PlayStation Jan, 1996 70 out of 100 70
Video Games Genesis Mar, 1995 70 out of 100 70
Retro Archives Genesis Nov 07, 2018 13.5 out of 20 68
Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation May 22, 2004 4 out of 10 40
Random Access Neo Geo Jan 10, 2013 3.2 out of 10 32
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Apr 12, 2005 D 25
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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