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 (1,119 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
109 of 134 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
+ Lolis
- Cant touch the lolis

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29 of 42 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Pantsu shots


ps. get the Director's Cut
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29 of 43 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
It´s a fighting game consisting in battle with 1 VS 1 but with the help of other support character.

The fighters are anime appeals (all of them girls)
Everyone single one has their own moves and types of attack.

In the first time. For sure you need to change the keyboard controls on the option menu because they are really uncomfortable to play with.

There are 10 fighters (plus one of a "DLC") with 4 support characters

And a free dlc of fanservice xd

The good:

Gamepad allowed +

The challenge is there +

It´s make it´s objective of being fun +

Original japanase voices +

The bad:

No online -

Very fews game modes (the story mode and a versus against other human player) -

It´s not windowed completely -
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36 of 56 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Got dozens of pile drivers from a loli. 10/10 would break bones again.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
89.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Like Skyrim with lolis 10/10
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25 of 40 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
You can win by button mashing with one hand. So, you know, the other hand is free. So, you know, you can do other things with it. You know, the reason you bought it. You know...
*looks to the left*
*looks to the right*
*in hushed tone* Masturbation
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
It took me a while to realize the bugs that plagued this game. Originally, a freeware game, this game remained very similar to the freeware version. First off, there is a compatibility issue with Windows 8. Any system with Windows 8 or newer cannot launch the game in full screen mode without the resolution messing up. Adjusting the settings and Windows compatibility mode does not resolve the problem.

In addition, the story for this game has no plot devices. Compared to other 2D fighters, it failed in all aspects. With a cluttered UI, unorganized story mode, and confusing versus mode, the game is a disaster. The only appeal it has is the girls and the "kawaii" theme. However, this appeal is also lacking too. Until Vanguard Princess gets a major overhaul, steer clear of this game.

Rating: 0.5/10 (5%)
No Achievements
Game Done.

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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
A most welcomed game in a time where PC combat/arcade games are much needed. Simplistic in it's nature the game manages to charm it's players with it's character diversity and easy controls. Gamers might find themselves asking the question "How in the world do I cast super moves" in the beginning but will soon find out casting them is a piece of sweet cake that landed on their plate unknowingly. Without a multitude of options in the main menu the player is left to wonder "Where's the rest?" but that awkward sensation vanishes the moment you select one of the two options provided. There is a virtual manual provided by Steam as always for those who want to know everything before they fire up the game but it's as thin as paper and rightfully so considering the fact that the whole game is based on the movement keys, a weak attack, a medium attack, a strong one and a parry. The game leaves a fresh trail of "I want more" in it's wake and delivers on it's promise. If only there was more to it. As an anime fan myself I am left to wonder why exactly is the game so short. Finishing it you soon realise that the only replayability stands with trying the next character and so on so forth until you beat all the enemy characters with each one of the characters available and with the first 5 Free Steam trading cards in your inventory and a little chipping in on the side in the form of 20 and up to 30 pence price per card you soon come to realise that you got your badge and there's nothing left to do. That's not to say that the game hasn't got the X factor as with any other game of this genre, if you got someone to play with all the better. But at this low price I would say it's a must have for any pc gamer than enjoys this type of games. If I had to describe the game in one short sentence that would be:

"It's a well designed, captivating and exciting piece of art for as long as it lasts and well worth the price tag."
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
As with other 2D fighting games, there are many combos and different strategies for winning. Pulling off combos is actually quite difficult in Vanguard Princess. One thing the game lacks is online multiplayer, which kinda sucks. Aside from that, the game has cute characters, colorful background environments, and also a decent soundtrack.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Very deep plot.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
I bought this game for um..... reasons.....
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
- no airdash
- no resolution options
- no versus ai mode

+ pantyshots
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36 of 65 people (55%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Don't be surprised if you lose to a loli. Becuase I did. But I have no regrets! 11/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
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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9 of 14 people (64%) 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 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
The Good:
-Solid mechanics that make this a better fighting game than most.
-Nice pixel animation.
-Diverse character playstyles that make everyone in the cast feel unique.

The Bad:
-Worst control options ever means you'll plug in a controller rather than trying to figure out how to get your arcade stick to work right.
-Very few modes.
-No screen resolution options means you're playing this in whatever aspect ratio the game decides for you. And it will be low.

The Huh?:
-Character designs are par with the highest quality fan service animes available. You decide if this is good or bad.
-Card support allows you to show the world how shameless you are about putting these things on your public profile.

Rating: Bursting with personality / 10.
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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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