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 (1,052 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 28, 2014

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"Now in English, one of the pinnacles of doujin fighting games. The 2D graphics and animations still rival the big names out there."

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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

    • 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
13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
So, Vanguard Princess is a great fighter for a budget title. The characters are interesting, the mechanics are (mostly) fair, and the game brings all the things you like from various fighters; Some of the characters even have similar movement and strategy schemes from classic titles like Street Fighter, KOF and Guilty Gear. Plus, you have your Arcana Heart buddy system, only your buddy can get knocked away and disabled temporarily like in Marvel vs. Capcom. Best of all, your guard cancels are free -Yes, free! They cost no special meter- and almost all of your combos come off guard cancels perfectly. Moreover, grabs are crucial as well as side switching and tripping.

Some of the problems you're going to dislike are, the training mode is wonky and hard to figure out how to enable. The D pad on your Xbox controller is going to require some manual configuration in Xinput. The pause does not allow you to see your character sprite and freeze frame to oogle your favorite animation frames. No online play or direct connect means you're gonna be playing by yourself a lot. Worst of all, special moves that require you to press two buttons do NOT go off the way you want them to; The timing is somehow different from how you input other arrow/button combinations to do other moves.

All in all, it's fun for what it is and it isn't expensive. 9 out of 10. I'll grade sequels and future updates more harshly. It's been several years since the release, so I gotta believe better things are coming from the devs.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
The game itself seems empty and lacking any content, you can either pick from story mode or versus (no AI in versus) which doesn't leave you with many options.

The story mode is ridiculous, I don't get what it's about, and the final boss is the most frustrating thing to fight ever, even on Easy Mode, you will just get knocked across the screen, and be barraged with constant attacks until you die.

Controller support worked fine for me, but it didn't really make much difference since I couldn't figure out any combos since the move list was only on the character select screen.

Overall I would suggest you buy something like Blazblue or Guilty Gear over this, they are much better variants of this game genre.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
TL;DR: If you're looking for a mildly entertaining fighter game with heavy ecchi themes and some pantsu shots to boot, this is your 2-4 hour fix.

First some tips:
1) Don't download the Hilda DLC, you get it with the Lilith DLC.
2) Also this game is hard to play on the keyboard. A controller is really the only way to play effectively.

And the review:
As I said in the TL;DR version, this is a fighting game with a horrible story, some cheap boss moves, a few interesting fight/game mechanics and a tokyo sized dump of pantsu anime waifu ecchi fanservice oppai cleavage showing spectacular. That's pretty much it. There's no online play only local vs mode and an arcade mode that is really linear and with no options to change anything or view anything. Also there's no pause menu, but you can pause and view what the controls are.

Let's see, there's around 10 characters: a loli with a pedo bear, I mean teddy bear, that grapples, a school girl, a sports girl, etc etc etc, and a Tenchi Muyo Ryoko-esq girl with big guns and pistols. wait big oppai and pistols.. oh and she's not wearing any pantsu... So there's that. Also there's a set of 5 sub characters that support your fighter as you fight, which is that interesting game mechanic I mentioned. The artwork is pretty good and the backgrounds are interesting and vary in style from one to the next, so it's nice not playing cookie cutter levels every single level, but this is a 2d fighting game so it's not like you can really enjoy the game's scenery when you're button mashing hard with only one hand on the controller. FYI you can play with two hands, but only if you're a member of /r/nofap.

Seriously though, This game is probably worth 5 bucks if this is your sort of thing and 2-4 hours of gameplay is justifiable to you, otherwise get it on sale, as I've seen it go on sale frequently. And again don't buy the Hilda Rize DLC cause you get that for free in the Lilith DLC, along with 2 more stages and some better songs. Imo the Lillith DLC is barely worth it at 50% off when I got it, but it literally adds almost nothing to the game (except Hilda) so it's purely cosmetic. They could easily add another stage or a campaign mode with a map or something, but as this was an already released game long ago and this is a newer updated version with exxxtra pantsu I will continue to support it. Actually if they made a CP2 wait I mean VP2 then I'd support them as long as they don't cut as many corners as they did here.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
33.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The best 2D fighter I've played in a long time. I have played and will play many different 2D and 3D Fighter games... But Vanguard Princess just stands out for me. Everything is fluid and fast, good music easy to play, love playing against my friends. Love everything about it... Is this the game you may like too? Anime Style / Fighting Girls / Fluid Action and cheap? Then this is an easy winner for you, as it is for me. 10/10 without a doubt.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
yes is fun
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
So a review on vanguard princess a 2D fighting game that supposedly from the looks of it at the store page is exactly right up my alley but..... well. ♥♥♥♥ happens.

Lets just get this out of the way first: The control sucks. Seriously. Compare to games like KOF, Guilty Gear and Blazblue where (alright fine i was a little skewed on Blazblue since i had to use my Ducking keyboard, crap port but good game whatever eh.) your inputs would actually register well lets just say for some strange reason Vanguard Princess did not pick up 50% of my inputs on my dpad (the analog stick works fine but for Duck sake i cant play it with an analog!) and that made backstep and dash pretty much unusable for me. Yes sir i used my other damn controller that isnt as good as the one i use and the problem still persist.

Next up, character roster. All good here and there provided you dont let the damn AI get a lucky roll and used one of those super cheap move character. In particular i must say, Lilith. Seriously a grab attack every 2 attack isnt fun. Maybe i didnt read the manual that state some way to block the damn grab but it is still cheap at least to me.

While i do praise the character artwork and background animation since it is pretty good i do have to say the POV for the stage is too small. Do any one of the specials and you'll get either 3/4 or 2/4 of the screen completely blocked. Nitpicking i know but hey at least i expect to still see my character alright. Music is pretty good albeit generic, soundtrack collector beware, this does not include a standalone track of the music so ya thats a downer i guess.

What else? Oh right, major issues.

No online (meh whatever), you cant check movelist halfway through and pressing start brings you to the control section instead (the-premapped ones not the one you set so good luck seeing right trigger as parry when you set it as assist), no practice mode (hey there cute girl Lilit---OMG STOP TOSSING ME TO THE GROUND.), random stuttering (PUNCH! Nope did not register and you get tossed to the ground again.). Theres a manual but i havent read that yet and i'm gonna give it a try later but i doubt that will fix my major issues with that last thing:

Damn Girl! Those are some cheap moves!
As above stated, good luck getting past Hilde (Hilda? Dont remember, i stopped remembering names of character that gave me traumas) with her damn cheap moves, heck lets extend this to all of the character since most of them have some rather spammy, spammy moves. (I cant dash because of my issues btw, did i mentioned that? Because i cant escape Lilith death hug. She's adorable so i'll forgive her.)


Vanguard Princess reminds me of those ye old fighting game with issues that came from being a direct arcade to pc port. It has a great art, good character set and some really fun moments to be had when you use the spam character.

But would i recommend this? No. Like those olden days arcade game this one is in some serious need of a overhaul. Until such time comes, give Vanguard Princess a good rest and wear those rose tinted goggles. You'll need em.

Minor Nitpick
* I can't DUCKING select character pallete easily!
* Press start on character select to go straight back to menu. Awesome.
*Quit back to menu and back to character select a few times, I guarantee a freeze.
* Why is Lilith so adorably EVIL?!
* Why is (Insert Boss Character Name Here) so damn OP?! And why i can use her in her OP form if i pay the damn DLC? Awesome!

Final Note:
Q: Is there pantsu?
A: Yes but i'll hardly recommend it just for that especially if you're used to fan service. It is hardly worth it IMO.

P/S: Lilith is my top waifu. Anybody dare dispute that come fight me.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I wouldn't recommend this to someone who's rather new to the 2D Fighting genre since the enemy AI is rather hard for beginners.. The final boss is also hard AF, with all the teleports and laser spams, you can't even get close to her.. I only managed to defeat her once in my 3 hours of playing this game.. (I got this game already before i bought it on Steam.)
The controls itself is rather easy to understand, took me around 1 hour to actually be able to string my own combos..
Also somehow I had more fun playing this game than playing BlazBlue, even though BB is better made and bolsters more fighters, something just sucks me into this game.. Maybe it's because Lilith is literally Minase Iori from the iDOLM@STER? Nyeh, maybe, I'll get to it later..
All in all, IMO, this is a reaaallly well made game.. and considering that this used to be a doujin game, to have made it on Steam is, just wow..
Now, getting to the good and the bad parts of the game..

The Goods:
> Assist system? That's new..
> Pantyshots, nyeeess~
> Graphics are pretty neat.
> Lilith = Minase Iori from the iDOLM@STER (Doll? Check. Shiny Forehead? Check. Headbutt? Check.)
> Hard AI makes the game challenging, but frustrating at the same time..
> I don't get people's review about this game not working with their gamepad. The game is very responsive to my gamepad, controls are smooth.
> Old styled graphics = Good framerate and smooth gameplay~

The Bads:
> No Online Multiplayer.
> No Training mode. (You can just do local VS mode though.)
> Pause screen didn't show combo list, I got around the wiki for the movelist.
> Unbalanced characters. (Lilith too OP, pls nerf.. So this is why they made her into a DLC..)
> AI too hard, pls nerf..
> Too many DLCs, why not buy the original doujin version of the game? One disc, and it got everything except Hilda in it..
> The story of the game is not so clear, unlike BB who mindfuks you with all the time paradox and yadda yadda, the story mode is....... Short on text? maybe.. Yes, I'm the kind of guy who puts the story over graphics..

But despite all the bad things about this game, I would still recommend it.. Why? Because this game is challenging AF.. The hard AI will make you rage, I'm sure, but once you get the hang of this game, there's the sense of accomplishment, and you would want to fully master all the characters in this game..
Also, this is a 2D Fighting game, featuring cute girls, lolis, an idol (oh wait, wrong game てへぺろ~ ) piledrivers, brainbusters, laser spams, and lots and lots of rage quits..
You have been warned......
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Would kick me back to Windows if I tried to run it in full-screen, and I had to physically delete the settings file in order to get it back into windowed mode. But that's moot, because the game absolutely refuses to accept any input from any of my controllers. Not even the default keyboard bindings work. No thank you.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Played for a little bit, used 3-6 continues for pretty much every fight. Couldn't beat boss.
Decided to try Natalie. Didn't lose more than half my health throughout the entirety of the Story Mode.

10/10 Would spam "Pile Charge," again.

Seriously though, good game. Just wish it had online.
But hey, at least there's pantsu.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
First time you launch the game, you ask the question why are the settings so poor? Than why isn't there any option to play the game online? But when you start to play, there's only one question remains: why do I need two hands for playing this game? Daaayum...!!
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
cute girls, neat graphics, rage-inducing final boss difficulty spike. not sure if recommend, or want to rip Hilda's smug face off.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
No Online, No Practice mode, and move list only accessible from the character select.
By the looks of the two DLC's that are out the devs don't seem to plan on adding any of these things in.
If you want a good figher get Skullgirls, BlazBlue or Guilty Gear.
Don't waste your money on this.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Just play Skullgirls
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Played for an hour , and i get dozens of Pantsu shots

Saki-chan pantsu / 10

Note : Director's cut is a must
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I feel like playing ps1 back those days! :]
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Good game
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
saw hot anime chick*.....(0 v o)...... bought it* (> v <)
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I want to recommend this game because I like it but in its current state on steam its pretty much unplayable. The framerate is really bad and its not compatible with arcade sticks or gamepad.
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