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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 Arcade Explosion
Vanguard Atari 5200 Atari logo and game title
Vanguard Atari 5200 The styx zone
Vanguard Atari 5200 Riding a snake in the bleak zone

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Vanguard Screenshot
Vanguard Screenshot
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User Reviews

An excellent Atari shooter that introduced many firsts Atari 5200 Katakis | カタキス (40787)

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Oct 31, 2004 9 out of 10 90
PSP Minis PSP Aug 01, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
8-bit Central Retro Gaming Atari 5200 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Atari 2600 Jun, 2005 7.75 out of 10 78
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Sep 23, 2018 B 75
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Jan 03, 2006 75 out of 100 75
8-bit Central Retro Gaming Atari 2600 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 14, 2000 C 50
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jul 07, 2004 C 50


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