Atari 2600’s Vanguard Commercial (1982)

I sadly never have had the opportunity to play Vanguard in the arcades of my youth, my first and only brush with this title came on the Atari 2600 home console. I let a school friend borrow my copy of Pitfall one afternoon and he let me borrow his Vanguard cartridge. The Hawkmen theme from the Flash Gordon movie is what stood out the most to me after playing the title.

I do not recall ever seeing this wonderful commercial for the game either…

A big thanks to AtariAge for the Vanguard box art up top and to Cronomike for uploading the trailer on YouTube.


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7 thoughts on “Atari 2600’s Vanguard Commercial (1982)

  1. plcary says:

    Vanguard was a great game! Both the arcade and 2600 versions. My hometown arcade did have a Vanguard and I stuffed countless quarters in that machine. Maybe 1984 Arcade will get one soon!

  2. I just bought this cart (no box) for a buck, to test the six-switch VCS I picked up at a flea market for $5. Worked like a charm! I remember first getting this cart when it came out and playing it constantly. Great game, home and arcade!

  3. plcary says:

    I think I will fire up the Atari emulator on the Wii when I get home and play a game or two of Vanguard. (Running Atari games on the Wii seems like some sort of blasphemy?)

  4. @plcary Friend, I was wondering for a moment if this was the game you were talking about at the Retroist Arcade Meet Up. :)

    @BDD It certainly is a great game!

  5. vinvectrex says:

    Loved the box art as a kid. The spaceship always reminded me of the Cygnus from Disney’s “The Black Hole”.

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