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A vanguard is the forward element of an advancing military tactical formation. Vanguard may also refer to:








Comics and anime

Games and toys

  • Vanguard (video game), a 1981 shooter game with 1984 sequel, Vanguard II
  • Vanguard Bandits, a 2000 Japanese tactical role-playing game for PlayStation
  • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, a 2007 MMORPG created by Sigil Games Online and Sony Online Entertainment
  • Medal of Honor: Vanguard, a first person shooter game created by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 2 and Wii
  • Vanguard, an organization in the computer game, The Longest Journey
  • Vanguard, the droid partner of the Transformers toy, Sideswipe
  • Vanguard, a variant of the collectible card game, Magic: The Gathering
  • Vanguard, a tank in Tanarus, a free online game made by Sony in 1997
  • Vanguard, a character class in the video game, Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2
  • Vanguard, a UN-funded military organisation in the City of Heroes universe
  • Vanguard, a group of characters in the video game, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
  • Vanguard Beggar, a character role for the clan of the League of Beggars in the MMORPG 9Dragons by Acclaim
  • Crystal Defenders: Vanguard Storm, a game that uses elements from Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
  • Vanguard Princess is a fighting game for the PC engine.
  • Vanguard, a name shared by the enemies in Dynamis, in the MMORPG Final Fantasy XI
  • Vanguard, a shield item in DotA, a custom scenario for the real-time strategy video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, based on the "Aeon of Strife" map for StarCraft.


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Strategy wiki

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From StrategyWiki, the free strategy guide and walkthrough wiki

Box artwork for Vanguard.
Developer(s) SNK Playmore
Japanese title ヴァンガード
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Shooter
System(s) Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 800
Players 1-2
Vanguard marquee

Vanguard was an arcade game of many firsts. It was developed in 1981 by SNK, and it was SNK's first color game. It also included a synthesized voice. It was one of the first horizontally scrolling shooters, and the first that allowed the player to fire in four directions independently of the ship's motion. And finally, it's the first game to incorporate the concept of a boss, a final opponent at the end of the game that is more difficult to beat than usual.

In Vanguard, players pilot a ship that must cruise through the cave of the Gond. The cave is divided up into various sections. Each section has different features to it, as well as an orientation. It might be horizontal, or vertical, or even diagonal. Players can fire any one of the four guns mounted on the ship, each of which fire in a different direction. Players might also encounter energy power-ups which make them invincible briefly. The ultimate goal is to reach the end of each cave and destroy the Gond once and for all.

Vanguard was an exciting and visually impressive game, but it was lost among the competition that came out around the same time. That did not stop Atari from buying the license to distribute the game on home systems. However, they only opted to bring it to their own Atari 2600 and Atari 5200 systems. A hacked 5200 version was also released on the Atari 8-bit home computers. Vanguard was an ambitious title for the 2600, and given the system's limitations, the conversion comes off admirably.



The Gond has been terrorizing nearby space colonies with it's periodic raids of destruction. The time has come to put an end to his reign of terror. You have been selected to pilot an advanced fighter ship with high offensive capabilities. You must enter the cave inside the asteroid where the Gond makes his home, and safely fly through every zone; the Mountain Zone, Rainbow Zone, Styx Zone, Stripe Zone, Bleak Zone, and the City of Mystery where the Gond is rumored to reside. Take the Gond out, and succeed in your mission. Fail, and the colonies will be doomed.

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Gameplay summary

  • You control the Vanguard fighter space craft. You can maneuver it in four directions, and you can fire in four directions, independent of the ships motion.
  • You will fly through a series of different zones, each with a different set of enemies. Each zone is broken into two sections, and the second section is always more difficult.
  • You will lose one life every time you collide with an enemy, and enemy's bullet, or the terrain.
  • In the Mountain Zone, and the Stripe Zone, you may encounter energy power-ups that make your ship invincible for a short period of time. The music will indicate when your invincibility is about to end.
  • In the final zone, you must destroy the Gond by shooting a laser between the two defense barriers before the area fills up with beams.


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Developer(s) SNK
Publisher(s) Centuri
Atari 2600
Atari 5200
Release date Atari 2600:
1982 (NA)
Genre Scrolling Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) N/A
Atari 2600
Platform(s) Arcade
Atari 2600
Atari 5200
Input Atari 2600 Joystick
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Vanguard is an arcade game released in 1981. It was ported to the Atari 2600 and Atari 5200.


You control a ship that fires in four directions: up, down, left, and right. You must fly that ship down a tunnel full of strange alien creatures and ships in order to reach the City Of Mystery, where the legendary Gond awaits. You must watch your fuel meter and make sure you shoot enough ships to keep it filled; lose all your energy and your ship drops and is destroyed. There are five different sections that appear in the tunnels that challenge you to fly through:

Mountain Zone -- the first one you enter. Mist ships hover around in that zone and Harley rockets just blaze right through, firing shots. You can use your lasers to destroy them, but a better option is to use those Energize stations that pop up periodically. They will power up a shield around your ship so that, even with your lasers deactivated, you can just simply ram into the enemies to destroy them. This power only lasts for several seconds, so watch out when the power shield goes out!

Rainbow Zone -- where you'll meet dancing Ammo and Helm balloons that bounce up and down in that zone. (On the first level, the Rainbow Zone also appears after the Stick Zone and the Stripe Zone.)

Stick Zone -- where you'll again meet the Mists and Harleys, but there's neither enough space to dodge them nor any Energize stations to help you out. (On the second level, the Stick Zone appears after the Stripe Zone.)

Stripe Zone -- where you're given a group of stationary targets to destroy, with the occasional beam stations to knock out their shield. Here the Energize stations appear.

Bleak Zone -- where you'll face off with the weird Kemlus snakes which, although they can destroy you, they can also give you a free ride three times for added points. After the Kemlus, a storm of Romeda rockets will fall down upon you.

Once you reach the City Of Mystery, you'll meet the Gond who resides beyond a series of gates with small chinks for penetrating shots. The Gond will try to close you in fron the bottom and destroy you with his laser shots. Destroy him, and you'll get a bonus as you start the next level at the first zone.

Up until you reach the City Of Mystery on the first level, you'll be allowed to continue your game from the point where you lost your last ship.


The arcade version used a joystick and four action buttons arranged in a diamond pattern for firing shots up, down, left, and right. The home versions attempted to replicate this by having the control stick being pushed in the same direction that the player wants to fire in when the action button is also pressed. However, the tradeoff for this is that the player's ship moves slower than when it is not firing, so some skill has to be used in piloting the ship. The Atari 2600 version used the difficulty switches for selecting four kinds of firing options for the ship.


The musical tunes used for this game include the theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture in addition to "Vultan's Theme (Attack of the Hawk Men)" from the 1980 Flash Gordon movie during the shield power-up sequence.

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