Vanguard Princess is a 2D fighting game that features an all-female cast each with their own unique fighting style. Choose from ten girls with unique fighting skills and pair them with a powerful partner to form an unstoppable team.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,735 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 28, 2014

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"An excellent game with lots of strong female characters. You owe it to yourself to experience this game, as well as the numerous pantyshots within."

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March 16

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March 16

Updates for Hilda Rize DLC



Updates on Vanguard Princess Hilda Rize DLC are now available!!

  • Hilda Rize is Updated and Balanced
  • Exclusive Hilda-themed Battle Stage and In-Game Music
  • Alternate Ending for Hilda story mode
  • Hilda Rize DLC Soundtrack MP3s are included

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About This Game



Government experiments on a young girl triggered a cosmic shock wave that gifted many young girls with mystical powers. She re-emerges into the world and vows to destroy all of mankind in an act of revenge. A brave group of girls who embraced their powers head to the battlefield to confront her; not just for the sake of the world, but to pursue their own personal motives and dreams.

  • Choose from ten girls with unique fighting skills and pair them with a powerful partner to form an unstoppable team.
  • Navigate the adventures of a Vanguard Princess in the Story Mode or engage in head-to-head battles in the Versus Mode.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: Pentium III 400MHz, 128MB RAM
    • Memory: 1 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with 32MB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 4-button game controller (Optional)
Helpful customer reviews
142 of 196 people (72%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Proved my parents that I'm not gay.
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39 of 62 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
+ Controls are simple and responsive
+ Smooth, fluid animations
+ Boasts a noticeably enjoyable soundtrack
+ Creative and interesting character designs, something the anime community is known for

- Each playable character has no more than 6 combos
- Very low maximum resolution
- Little replay value to speak of
- Virtually unplayable without an XBOX 360 controller
- No extras or unlockables of any kind
- No online multiplayer support (there is a third-party workaround, however, that can remedy this)
- Only two modes of play (story and local co-op versus)
- Cannot view move-list in-game; only availalbe via character selection or the game's manual
- Assist characters seem clumsy in practice, have a function that is not explained at all (no tutorial or practice included), and serve more to clutter the screen and distract one's focus
- The 'story mode' is, save for a few random injections of dialogue, virtually devoid of a story at all; what little there is consists of a brief paragraph before reaching the main menu, and is not built on or developed even remotely

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28 of 45 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Good:
+Loli
+Anime Appeal
+Learning Curve
+Lots of combo

Cons:
-Navigation is bad
-Combo List only during start
-Not enough characters
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44 of 76 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Is this a joke? The game appears in some window with no steam overlay, only an arcade mode and versus mode, no practice which is vital in a fighting game. Stages must be chosen by windowing the game and clicking on the options tab, this is ridiculous. No online, not as ecchi as it looks, the game looks like some pre-beta. The assist characters are aconfusing and player characters are unbalanced.

Good thing I got this for free. Adds more games to my library for more cards and more steam exp. I guess all the positive reviews are horny otakus or trolls.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Short Pro/Con Summary

Pro:

+Still a rare genre (fighting game) on PC.
+Cute and funny graphics.
+Unique gameplay (fighting with main + support char. )
+Trading cards

Cons:

-Only Arcade and local VS mode.
-No online matches (except of a mod that will allow you to play online)
-No tutorials. (So it's absolutely beginners unfriendly)
-Only few skills avalable per char.
-No true widescreen support (But I don't have any probs with the stretched screen)
-No original language in ROW version. (In my opinion original language of a game should always be implemented)
-DLC Policy. (Different DLCs avalable, but the latest DLC already includes the older DLC? That's a punch into the face for people who bought the old DLC and have to buy the new one as well)

To be honest, I like this game for casual playthroughs from time to time, but sadly there are no factors that keeps up your longtime motivation.

So, only recommandable for those who wants to collect all the fighting games avalable on Steam.

*I think $4,99 USD would be a fair price if the DLCs were included in it.
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Let's start off by saying the first ever time I didn't recommend a game in a review and i won't be using the typical CONs/PROs thing;

Vanguard Princess is a 2D Fighting Game with a retro-like fighting style, in which you can't do much combos and stuff(Something I dislike as a Skullgirls and Street Fighter player) that is really hard to deal with, and what helps with that is the fact that this game has no tutorial, no training mode, basically as you enter the game you find yourself with only 2 choices: Story Mode and Versus Mode, nothing else.The game has a pretty awful UI and HUD, something out of some flash game created in 2 minutes, In my opinion they spent all the budget on the ecchi animations and sprites you want to buy the game for and just forgot about all the rest.

Let's get to the fighting system itself.The game is totally optimized for a controller, not even for an Arcade stick, but you can still use your keyboard(Altough inputs are received quite poorly).
The kind of fighting in this game is nothing like modern Fighting games, Something I can't really explain in words(You should check out some videos) and I'm not saying it's bad or I dislike it, because I actually enjoy it, but playing it with a keyboard is a pain in the ♥♥♥.
For example, you'll fail performing a special at least 7 times out of 10, and fail in performing some of the half-circle ones and do totally another one.But if you tryhard on all of this and just try to learn timings and such, it's a really fun game, especially because you have lots of different characters(Ranged, Melee, Grab-only and so on).
Then you have Support characters(Something i didn't see since some Naruto games on PS2) that have different kinds of attacks that you execute(Stuff like shielding, firing projectiles).

The story mode is something bad overall.It's confusing, you don't really get to know the heroines' stories nor the support characters', but you bought the game for boobies, you wouldn't care about the story anyways ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) but as a reviewer i gotta cover that too.

The story mode is standard, you have 3 difficulties(Easy, Normal and Hard) and you just fight the characters in the game, sometimes you even see some dialogue scenes before fighting, and then reach the final boss, Hilda Rize.
THE BOSS FIGHT AGAINST HER IS SOMETHING SO ANNOYING that you'll try to exit the game(Oh i forgot to say that it's IMPOSSIBLE to quit the game, you have to Alt+F4 pretty much) because of the constant SPAM of fast projectiles, explosions and stuff she throws at you and she even has near-infinite SUPPORTS.For example, for me it takes at least 10 tries with each character to finally beat her and once you do it you see some ending cutscenes and that's all.No achievements, no rewards, no unlockables, nothing.You just have to stay there and cry thinking of the time you wasted and the honor you lost by losing 100 times to Hilda.

Vote: 6/10
In the end, the game is quite fun, but it's way too poorly-made and doesn't even deserve the discounted price in my opinion.But that's just me, if you want to kick some ♥♥♥ while staring at some bouncy goodness, get the game.But trust me, it will kinda disappoint you.
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
I really cannot tell anything more, except the game is not responding to my keyboard or mouse clicks, only thing I can do is press ESC button twice to skip brand names who created this... ahm game. Anyway then Intro starts and BAAAAAM, I been forced to watch that 2 mins long intro for 5 times as I were trying to press any button after, as it told me so... Unfortunatelly... Duck my life.

Ugh, also it doesn't have fullscreen and when you force the game to be in fullscreen via windows options it goes ugly.

Not going to recommend this to users who have Windows 8.1, haven't tried this on other Windows versions aaand thanks for the 5 cards, they mean to me more than this game ever going to mean.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
As many others have said the controls feel sluggish, the cutscenes are boring and the story is meh. It all over just doesn't feel complete.

And the worst part.

If you aren't playing the right character, Hilda (the final boss) will utterly decimate you. Within twenty seconds while playing lilith (Who doesn't have much of a dash) I was hit over sixty times. It's one of the most cheap bosses I've ever played in a game and I utterly hated it. Oh. By the way. It was on easy. Yeah. She's that ridiculous.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Its just a normal streetfight game. I dont get the story at all to be honnest, its just girls beat each other up.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
This game failed to meet my expectations by a mile. The story is completely unoriginal; a creative 10 year old could create such a story in a matter of minutes. Furthermore, the control scheme is nearly impossible to learn. Each button on the keyboard controls a seperate function, with more than one button performing the same function. This game is virtually unplayable, and a waste of money.

2/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
lack of ai mode and controls are laggy
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Oppai Pantsu Chronicles 7: Too Kawaii to Live, Too Suggoi to Die

Now with special, "Capcom Forgot About Dino Crises and so Should You" edition.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
I can't even figure out how to fight!
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
One of the most ♥♥♥♥♥♥ fighting games i ever played. Controls are ♥♥♥♥, feedback feeling is ♥♥♥♥. takes you 50 tries to actually use a special attack. The game framerates is ♥♥♥♥ too, there are such a few different frames the game is constently flashing. The guys saying it's all smooth and fluid are ♥♥♥♥ing liars and don't know what they are talking about because it's the complete opposite.

The gameplay is bad and frustrating and there's almost no fun. Even when you pull out some moves you wondered how you did so most of the time (tip edit : leave the game in a small window and put the controls sheet for your character from the game manual (right click on the game in your list) next to it in the background through your browser ; it helps a lot but you'll struggle with the special move). No official multiplayer despite a $10,000 donations to "eigo manga" whose I doubt would be even able to release a "hello world" successfully (edit : they raised $10 000 to hire people who would be able to add a netplay lol..), only versus and story modes, but who cares since the gameplay is ♥♥♥♥ anyway ?

The characters are utterly unbalanced and the game boss is the most broken boss in history. It will spam undodgeable ♥♥♥♥♥ every half a second like a 5-years old playing an autowin god mode char that do lots of damages and stuns you so you can never move, teleport away when you hit it and ♥♥♥♥. And this in EASY mode. Aasy mode is pretty easy, but the boss is like "oh hi let me perfect you in a few seconds good bye". You actually have to USEBUG to beat it (edit : run forever backward to block all attacks and use your support character to attack the boss.. and wait for the time out). If that's not a ♥♥♥♥ game i don't know what it is. Some easy mode AI can even go "♥♥♥♥ you" mode and spam their grab and you'll never be able to dodge and get perfected like a crap. Special wink to Lilith who does this all the time. In normal and hard mode the bots just screw you no matter what and you can feel how happy they are to live in a world where stupid controls do not affect them.

Characters moves are displayed only on the character selection screen, yeah great idea. There are not even tutorials for the game. The moves aren't even performed correctly when done on the gamepad anyway. To jump forward or backward, you actually gotta go forward or backward, and then jump, or you'll do a vertical jump. LOL. And that's not all, because the block system involves that you press back. So you ♥♥♥♥ing have to spam left and right with your ♥♥♥♥ing gamepad it makes the game completely unplayable. There is just no way to beat the end boss even on easy difficulty partially because of this. The characters are moving so ♥♥♥♥ing slow and in a clumsy way on top of the complete stuttering due to the lack of different frames it's irritating as ♥♥♥♥.

The game is free to download from the original author's website or something like that and you can download it in lots of different places. Also that original version, which is free, has an integrated network play (edit : and english patches) !! Don't give your money to those lazy incompetent cash grabbers 'eigo manga' and if you really want to play this utter ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ game go and download it for free. Also take note that going fullscreen either by alt+enter or the in-g.. generic window manager option will make the window blurry black in fullscreen, flashing ultra fast and creating artefacts on your screen.

fanboys cuz of half naked girls

Edit : I also noticed that one of the two modes, the "versus" mode isn't working either. First, there is no AI. You can only play with an other player. Second, you're supposed to be able to enable a "practice mode" with the RB xbox gamepad button, or E for player 1 or P for player 2 by default on the keyboard, noted as "No action" in the menus, lol. But it doesn't work. It's shown in the game manual and on the in-game pause menu that displays all the controls, but it's not working. Third but not least, you need both the gamepad and the keyboard to launch a fight because the character you chose to play with has to be controlled by a player. And even there the controls are ♥♥♥♥ed ! The game seems to take whatever input to validate your choice, so it's pretty awkward to launch a fight, or else I'm just lazy to check all the 3 different input controls on 2 different devices just to keep going. Fourth, you can choose the color sheme of your character ! But the game and manual doesn't say how so.. no idea how I did change to orange or green at some times.. And fifth, IT GETS STUCK. If you ♥♥♥♥ing enter the vs mode, leave it to come back in the main menu using the "pause" button, which is the only one that allows you to do so, and come back again in the versus character selection screen, the game gets stuck forever. Video and sound are still running, but it doesn't take any input neither from keyboard or gamepad anymore and you have to close the ♥♥♥♥ing game and run it again ! So DO NOT BUY THIS since it's like an alpha-state game very buggy and unfinished and download the free versions if you want to try it out or even play it. It's a bit fun in some points, but the overwhelming cons make it a no-deal.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
This game is no mere fighting game. It is a dangerous journey of self-discovery, but an important one. It is a ticket to ride to a far-off land. A strange, bizarre, sometimes even frightening place. A place where two-dimensional beings walk the land. A place full of peculiar hair style decisions, bright colors and the sex fantasies of reclusive Japanese animators and artists. A place containing not just vanguard princesses, but bubblegum crises, robots that drill through universes, homoerotic vampires being pursued by muscular men with magic demons, dandy guys in space, little girls running item shops, the most convoluted fighting game storyline ever written, women who interact through games of Match 3 and Hyperdimension Neptunia.

Ready yourself as you step into this world, for I cannot promise you will come out the same person you are today, if you ever emerge at all. You may find yourself becoming unnaturally attached to one of the many denizens, claiming a so-called waifu, or a husbando, or some bizarre mix of both, and collecting frivolous merchandise to line the walls of your personal cavern of kawaii. As you descend into this world, you may find yourself growing distant from those around you, only being able to form a connection with those who have entered into the breach with you. However, should you accept these consequences, then it is time to enter the world of anime.

Be wary, my friend. Not all kawaii desus are as moe as they may first seem.
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15 of 29 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
not worth it. okay like first of all,there is no color swap. every fightign game has that. two there is no training mode...nice.there is no arcade mode just the story. and 2 on 2 fighting game is vague.your second character is only there for assits,there is no tagging in and out. and the default controls are terrible. if you like lolis you cant even play as then this game is for you.

also is anyone even good at this game? everyone i know who owns it onlyhas 3 hours at best. and many people have a hard time on easy mode.
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Definately NOT worth $5
I got it for free, so.....
It's still not that good.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
124.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
- Negative Reviewers are idiots simple as that. *Note how none of them have more than 3 hours or less on average?* They can say well if it sucks why play it? A better question is why review when you hate it so? You are not helping people make a good decision, just trolling for steam cred or some other none sense.

- Anyway. The Best 2D fighter I've ever played and owned. "My personal view, not thinking for you." Easily the best more responsive combat by far, great effects and ok music that fits fine with the combat. You have to be REALLY hardcore in playing 2D fighting games that lack online play. I play locally with my friends all the time. ( Except last few months. Life and such. )

- As always people shouldn't be allowed to review any game until they've put in 30+ hours. Not only will this remove the bandwagon trolls, who randomly buy games and get mad cause it's not the lastest CoD or other garbage. But for people who are on the fence looking for a review that has someone whose played it longer than 30+ hours be it, negative or postive. Will have more value and carry better weight vs 0.3hrs played crybabies.

- Simply put Vanguard: [ Best for Hardcore 2D Fighter players / People who have friends outside of online communities to play with locally. / Hardcore ecchi fans who want to support all things related. / Generally, anyone who enjoys 2D or 3D fighting games. ... Its cheap, its small download and it runs on anything with any controller your PC can handle. ]

10/10 ... Too this day I still play games like MK2 / 3 / Killer Instinct on my Super Nintendo. This game will no doubt be part of my gaming for life. I hope you will enjoy it too should you buy it. <3
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Such a simple fighting game.
Nice art (i'm not talking about loli), nice gameplay that you can make combos from 6 buttons.
Fun! When you're boring, just play this game. It's available to play versus mode too (PvP on the same keyboard or using external controller such as gamepad etc)
It's a hard game on the first time, but it will be easier if you understand the system.

If talking about cons, this game has a low resolution (you can make it fullscreen by pressing f4 but if you have high resolution, pressing f4 will make the game looks running in low quality)

Overall, I recommend this game if you like anime (i'm not talking about loli), 2D-fighting, and workhard :v
(7/10)
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
I don't think it's necessary to play two charcters at once, I get super confused. There should be a option were you could just have a normal battle with two people, but no... There's four people fighting at once! And since there's four characters fighting at once the voice actors just keep repeatedly going "AH! ITAI! AH! AH! AH! AH! OH! OH! ITAI! ITAI! AH! AH!" It's so annoying! But other than that, the game is nice. I recommend this game.
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