Nexus Interact (Sega Genesis)
Visual Concepts (PlayStation)
|Publisher(s)|| SNK |
Sammy (Sega Genesis)
Electronic Arts (PlayStation)
|Release date(s)||October 1992|
|Mode(s)||Single player, 2 player Co-op|
|Arcade system||Neo-Geo (74 Mbit cartridge)|
|Display||Horizontally oriented, 304 × 224, 4096 palette colors|
Viewpoint is an arcade isometric shooter, released in 1992 by SNK for the Neo-Geo arcade platform. By default, 1P and 2P can only play one after another; in the Service Mode though, simultaneous gameplay can be enabled.
Along with your ship's primary weapons, the player also has access to three bombs: one that can make a wave of fire that starts from behind the player's ship and scrolls "up" the screen, another that makes a powerful circular, nova-like blast, and one that shoots several mini-missiles capable of homing in on multiple targets. The game has 6 stages in total.
Viewpoint is Sammy's only game for the Neo-Geo Multi Video System hardware.
Viewpoint was awarded both Best Graphics and Best Music in a Cartridge Game in Electronic Gaming Monthly's 1992 video game awards. On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the Neo Geo version of the game a 30 out of 40.
Viewpoint also saw release on a variety of home platforms, including the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Sony PlayStation game consoles, as well as the Sharp X68000 and FM Towns computer platforms.
The Genesis version featured a sound and graphical style similar the Neo-Geo arcade game, but has considerably less enemies, a lower color palette and suffers from slowdown. The Sony PlayStation version, developed by Visual Concepts, featured re-done visuals and sound while the gameplay itself remains true to the original game with level layouts and boss/enemy patterns remaining the same. The X68000 version, trimmed down like the Mega Drive/Genesis version, is very similar to that port in terms of sound and visual style. The FM Towns platform received the truest-to-arcade port, although it suffers the occasional slowdown.
A port for the Sega Saturn was due in 1996, however, it was cancelled.
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