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User Reviews

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.7
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
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Overall User Score (10 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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To my knowledge, there was only one other home version of Vanguard ever created, and that was for the Atari 5200 - and if you're looking for a home version of Vanguard that's close to the arcade, then go with the 5200 version. However, if you want a competent SHMUP for the VCS, and one that has a lot in common with the arcade Vanguard, then grab the VCS version. I enjoyed the VCS Vanguard immensely - in fact, I had no idea an arcade (or 5200) version even existed until just a few years ago. Even after playing the arcade and 5200 versions, I still find myself coming back to the VCS game. While not identical to the arcade, it's still quite fun to play - and that's what's really important in the end.
TeleMatch (May, 1983)
Statt den üblichen Schluß anzuzeigen, fragt der Computer via Bildschirm-Text: „Continue?“ (Weitermachen?). Wem die Lust noch nicht vergangen ist - davon kann man ausgehen -‚ der antwortet „Ja!“, drückt das Knöpfchen und spielt genau an der Tunnelstelle weiter, die eben für ihn das Aus bedeutet hat. Natürlich mit null Punkten beim erneuten Start! So lernt man erstmals das gesamte Spiel, hier den ganzen Tunnel kennen, wenn auch vermutlich in mehreren Spielabschnitten. Das ist fair!
VideoGame (Aug, 1991)
Vanguard é um jogo de batalha aérea no qual sua habilidade de piloto é testada. São vários aviões inimigos que devem ser derrubados.
In all seriousness, this was high-class stuff in its day, and was definitely one of those titles that heralded things to come. Unfortunately, this version on the 2600 wasn't quite up to snuff with its earlier arcade counterpart. Whereas the arcade version offered a separate control function for the multidirectional shooting, the simplified home console version had the action simply mapped to whichever direction you pulled the main joystick. It's still fun, but definitely a little awkward.
Woodgrain Wonderland (Sep 23, 2018)
While it may not hold a place among the all-time classics, Vanguard is a solid standalone title and a reasonably-accurate arcade port. But wow – that grey background really bugs me.
Vanguard sounds like it's the latest cigarette. Actually, despite the bland title, it's one of the better video games I've played in recent months. The object is to pilot a spaceship through seven zones (i.e. screens) and reach a mysterious city to battle the evil giant, Gond. After traveling so far and so long (10 minutes in video game time) it's a letdown to find that Gond is a pretty cheesy looking creature and that the showdown lasts a brief second or two. No matter. Taken as a whole, Vanguard is a splendid space odyssey.
The Atari Times (Jan 03, 2006)
All in all, this common cartridge is an enjoyable effort, even if it's not a stellar one. You could do a lot worse while out shopping for video games.
neXGam (Jun 27, 2013)
Doch nicht nur dies - Vanguard bietet auch noch einen Wechsel zwischen horizontalen und vertikalen Levels und bietet darüber hinaus verdammt seltsame Grafiken in feinsten Regenbogenfarben, die erahnen lassen, was der Macher sich so in sein Frühstücksmüsli mischt. Habt ihr die nicht allzu schwierige Odyssee übrigens bestanden und den Endboss Richtung Schrottplatz geschickt, wiederholt sich der Spielablauf in geänderter (und schwierigerer) Reihenfolge wieder.
Vanguard features both horizontal and vertical scrolling from level to level with 4-way firing and offers a fair amount of challenge. I was passionate about the arcade version, but the 2600 variant is worth a play now and then.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 07, 2004)
Vanguard isn't a great shooter, but it's certainly original, and it'll give your arm one heck of a workout.

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