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Vanguard is an arcade style shooter for one or two players. Your goal is to pilot your spaceship to the City of Mystery which is located at the end of a heavily guarded tunnel, and once there destroy the creature Gond. The tunnel is broken up into several different zones, called the mountain zone, rainbow zone, stick zone, stripe zone, bleak zone, and City of Mystery. Each zone features different types of enemy spaceships to deal with, and can scroll either horizontally or vertically. In the mountain zone or stripe zone, you may also come across an energy pod marked with an 'E'. If you fly through this, your ship temporarily becomes invincible to the deadly cave walls and numerous enemies which are trying to stop you. When not invincible, your space ship is equipped with lasers to help destroy enemies. You can fire in four different directions, however your speed is decreased when firing. You also need to keep an eye on your fuel gauge; your fuel will deplete at a rapid rate, and your ship will crash if it runs out. Fuel is gained each time you destroy an enemy, so make sure you destroy as many as you can! When you finally make it through all the various zones of the tunnel and defeat Gond, the game will repeat at a more difficult skill level.


Vanguard Atari 2600 There's plenty of strange creatures in the stripe zone
Vanguard Atari 2600 The bleak zone continued
Vanguard Atari 2600 Finally, the City of Mystery!
Vanguard Atari 2600 Incoming enemies in the stick zone

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "バンガード (先導部隊)" -- Japanese Atari 2800 release spelling
  • "Vanguard (Sendō Butai)" -- Japanese Atari 2800 release title
  • "ヴァンガード" -- Japanese Arcade spelling

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Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 31, 2004 9 out of 10 90
VideoGame Aug, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
TeleMatch May, 1983 2 out of 6 80
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2005 7.75 out of 10 78
The Atari Times Jan 03, 2006 75 out of 100 75
Woodgrain Wonderland Sep 23, 2018 B 75
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Apr, 1983 3 out of 4 75
neXGam Jun 27, 2013 7 out of 10 70
8-bit Central Retro Gaming 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Jul 07, 2004 C 50


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Servo (57355) added Vanguard (Atari 2600) on Jul 24, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (258851), Lain Crowley (6783), 666gonzo666 (65872), firefang9212 (76401) and RKL (5734)
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