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 (1,536 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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December 18, 2014

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November 26, 2014

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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
461 of 628 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
+ Lolis
- Cant touch the lolis

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72 of 86 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
I have collected all of the trading cards, made a badge, have over a day played, and beaten the game on all dificulties. It is time for a review.
I personally love this game. Saki is my favorite character. Do I recommend this game? Yes, but under certain circumstances. First, let's dive into the true pros and cons of this game. [READ EVERYTHING, INCLUDING MULTIPLAYER]

+ Decent fighting system
+ The game runs perfectly fine (Even with WINE)
+ I got it for $1.50 or something like that on Amazon
+ Animations are great
+ Voice acting is good
+ Very fast pace
+Works 90% with Xbox 360 controller (Even through WINE[Still no D-Pad support])

To the cons:
-Little to no story
-Full screen is stretched if you have a widescreen monitor
-Full screen is just default window size and blurry
-Characters such as Lilith keep on spamming a move that will take down your health crazily. (Example: )
-The game does not tell you the commands for the support. (It tells you that Y [Xbox Controller] is the way to activate support, but to actually use them properly. It requires you to move the joy stick in certain directions.

Conclusion: I will recommend this game because it is definitely fun. Of course it's not the absolute best fighting game out there, but for $1.50 or ($5.00 on steam) it's not really that bad. In fact it's fun to play. Other review say that it's only good for about two or so hours of gameplay, but if you give yourself challenges such as beating the game on all difficulties, then you will get the most or even more out of your purchase. For those who may understand, this is basically Marvel VS Capcom (the original), but with an anime/Japanese art style.

I didn't include this in the review, but I think people should know about it. You can play multiplayer with Vanguard Princess. I'm not talking about local, I'm talking about online.
If you want to play multiplayer with a friend, (because I could not for the life of me find any servers) then follow this post:
Now, this explains MOST of what you need to do. But if you want to host your own server for your friends to join, you MUST..
*_ Open port 7500 to TCP and UDP
*_ Now that the port is open, open up MTSP
* In order to host a server for you and your friends, you must get your public IP here: (Your IP is: ###.###.###.### <-- that long number)
* Once you have copied that number, go back to MTSP
* The Startup window should still be open, click the tab named "Encrypt IP"
* Paste your IP into the Unencrypted IP box and press the button "Encrypt"
* The box below it should have a whole bunch of numbers now
* You need to copy those numbers and go back to the "Select Mode" tab
* If you are making the server for your friends, make sure the current mode is "Server"
* Paste the number you got into the "Server Name" box and press okay [MAKE SURE IT IS STILL ON PORT 7500]
* Now your server is made and your friends can join
_For your friends, they follow the SteamCommunity post, then open port 7500. (I don't have to do TCP and UDP, but have them do it just to be safe)
_Once they open MTSP , they should have that same Startup box
_They need to click on "Client"
_Then they need to put the number the host recieved got earlier (The encrypted thing) into the "Destination IP" box
_[Make sure DNS is off, unless you know what you're doing] and then press OK
_This should result in joining the server. Right click someones name to the left and press challenge to fight them.
You should be set up now for Online vanguard princess. The reason I'm putting this here is because I had to find that community post, and then go through an ancient MTSP post on a Japanese website in order for it to work. (Because the servers are empty and may cause a high ping)
Hope this was helpful!
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106 of 167 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
True fighter maker quality:
-Only arcade mode and versus, no training, no online, nada.
-You need xpadder or something else to play with controller/arcade stick.
-Movelist only available at character select.
-Feels clumsy to play.

If you want a good anime fighter just buy blazblue or guilty gear, if you want pantsu get this.

Dong dong never die is infinitely better game than this and it also has been made with fighter maker, and it's free!
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115 of 190 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Pantsu shots


ps. get the Director's Cut
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
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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19 of 26 people (73%) 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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10 of 11 people (91%) 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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10 of 13 people (77%) 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 and challenging 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 normal, 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.

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.

Vote: 6/10 (Boobies = +1)
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Proved my parents that I'm not gay.
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
+Anime Appeal
+Learning Curve
+Lots of combo

-Navigation is bad
-Combo List only during start
-Not enough characters
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14 of 25 people (56%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
I bought this game on a whim.

Next thing I know, I've been playing for 34 minutes straight with my brother, almost skipping lunch, shouting at the top of our lungs because neither of us knows how to do specials, and mashing all the buttons on our keyboard trying to figure out how to play the game.

Needless to say, we enjoyed it a lot and it is pretty awesome. The fighting mechanics are solid and the story is also pretty interesting.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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12 of 22 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Very good combat system, settings and characters. Although each character has its potential. And they are very cute. ♥

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
There are only 2 game modes story and versus, no arcade or training. You need a controller to play and the fighting is boring and repetitive. Buy Blazeblue, its a much better anime fighting game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
nice game but without controller a bit difficult to play
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
I played the Japanese language version of this doujin 2D fighter a long time ago, so having the Steam version in English certainly helped me to understand the story a little better... Not that it makes much sense either way. XD

There is no escaping the fact that Vanguard Princess is as close to a hentai game as you're likely to find on Steam (think of it as a graphically updated version of Gal's Fighters on the NeoGeo Pocket Color), but if you are looking for a distraction from previous Street Fighter, Darkstalkers or KOF games, and don't expect to find massive levels of depth or complexity, you could do a lot worse than give Vanguard Princess a try.

Even with it's little annoying bugs intact, Vanguard Princess is still one of the best indie fighting games released in the last few years.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
After an hour of playing, I am more than equipped to give my thoughts about this game.

Score: 7.5/10

++Fluid animation
+Variety of characters (plus 2 more if you buy the Lilith DLC. Lilith DLC includes Hilda.)
++Really nice music
+Awesome anime girls (moe and panty shots included)

--Insane learning curve
-Semi-difficult with keyboard alone

+/-Almost all characters share the same combo/Special Move inputs (this could be good/bad depending on your view)


As I'm used to these types of fighting games I mostly saw BlazeBlue in this and thought it was pretty similar. I was right. Technically all 2D fighters are the same, but that's another discussion. For the most part I love it. The anime characters are interesting, but with the amount of anime nowadays, you could probably say they remind you of other series/characters--whether in games or another.

Jumping straight into the Arcade mode is a very big NO. I got my *** kicked so bad and won the first match by button mashing. The second fight was impossible. Not because it was difficult, it's because I didn't know how to play it. By luck I got back to the menu screen and did a complete overhaul of the keybindings through trial and error. I find it works best if you use ASD for Light, Mid, and Heavy attacks respectively. W for Parry, and Q for support. And the Directional Arrows for movement. This works best for me. After 5min of Arcade sessions for practice you can easily learn many of the combos. I learned all the combos for all the fighters so I know how to challenge them with whichever character I choose to play as. (Versus may not have an AI, but it's perfect for learning how to play the game.)

However, the Story mode is still relentless. The difficulty, even knowing how to form combos, was still a little high. The first few matches were easy, but difficulty continues to rise. I haven't beat it yet but I'm sure I will if I sit and focus. Animation wise there's lots of motion. LOTS of motion. Lots of bouncing for each character showing off their assets. Overall it is smooth and seems to flow pretty nicely. The only downside is that you can sometimes see the tiny white pixels around the fighters. They're even noticable in the Character Select screen. This is a small detail I can look over.

As for the Support they added into the game. I honestly don't use them. Only rarely do I do or find them useful. The music on the other hand, now that's something to get into. Just about every track--except for maybe three--I really loved causing my foot to tap while I'm laying down combos. (The Shrine music is my favorite.)

At this point this is all I really have to say. Hopefully, if you read this, will help those that play Keyboard style. I like Game Controllers as well, but PC games MUST be played using the keyboard. At least for me anyways. It adds a difficulty that many people hate, but is oh so satisfying when you show your stuff.
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11 of 21 people (52%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
this game should be tagged as an arcade game ,since there is only 2 modes : vs mode and story mode
it has a good soundtrack and some good graphic elements which attracs me
its price is , lets say no problem :p , its worth that price
as a final word ill give it a 6/10
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11 of 21 people (52%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
It's an excellent 2D fighting game. The fights went pretty fast and unless you know your character, it's hard to know what you are doing. However, once you mastered the controls of a character, fights became really intense where your reactivity is brought to its limits. Moreover, it's a trully beautiful games, using japanese manga style graphics (which I love). Musics, voices and sounds are also good and manage successfully to instaure a good atmosphere.
I must insist on the fact that it is a hard game, a VERY hard game, and it is really pleasant to see one which can resist you because those games are really rare nowadays. But, this statement is also a drawback as, in hard mode, the final boss is sincerely unbeatable (I only manage to beat him twice in more than 10 hours of playing). This is the main flaw of this game : its final boss is just going to drive you mad. I do not understand the interest of setting a boss like that, because, that character aside, there is really a good balance between the different fighters. But, Hilda, the final Boss, she is definitely broken. Of course the final boss is powerful, but it should not be that much. Fact is she can attack you from distance instantly and without any pause. She can also teleport when engage in hand-to-hand combat. So, I do not know how the IA of character is made, but she will keep spamming lasers and explosions without any delay from the other side of the arena, and if you manage to get close, most of time she will teleport instantly.
Appart from having hulk as a boss, playing Vanguard Princess is very refreashing and amusing. Combos are well thought, and the game has a good lifespan. An excellent game for a small price, I encourage you to buy and play it (I recommend you to play with a joypad because some techniques are very hard to make using keypad only).

8/10 according to me.

PS : if you want to see what the boss is really capable of, buy the DLC ;)
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