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Vanguard Bandits

Platform(s): PSOne, PlayStation 3
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: MonkeyPaw Games
Developer: MonkeyPaw Games
Release Date: Nov. 15, 2011

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'Vanguard Bandits' (PSOne) Coming To PSN - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 11, 2011 @ 2:06 p.m. PST

Played on an isometric grid of squares and featuring exciting 3D battle animations, Vanguard Bandits will have you controlling a squadron of magical mecha soldiers called ATACs with retro-inspiring finesse.

Known for its detail-intensive battles, Vanguard Bandits strives to be played for hours on end. The addictive retro hit features 60 missions, 3 branching storylines and 5 unique endings, each of them packed with 3D combat sequences featuring verbal smackdowns and shocking plot twists. The turn-based battles throw terrain zones onto the battle grid, limiting the field of movement for characters and bringing potential strategic advantages for squadrons. Players must choose their moves in battle wisely as each character is given a choice to move, attack or perform support functions on the battleground's grid layout. Charismatic heroes, mercenaries and dramatic sequences round out the game's full package of nostalgic RPG entertainment.

"After originally bringing the game out in 2000, it’s great that Strategy-RPG fans that were still in diapers when it originally hit will get a chance to experience it now," said Victor Ireland, founder of Gaijinworks. "Old and new fans alike are in for a treat with the unique gameplay experience this game offers."

"Vanguard Bandits has an extremely devoted following.  Our website has long been littered with impassioned requests for this classic tactical gem.  So we’re happy to hook up once again with Victor in bringing you a fan favorite,” said John Greiner, President and CEO of MonkeyPaw Games. "Vanguard Bandits raised the bar for strategy RPG games. Show your support for retro gaming and find out why next week."


Developed by Human Entertainment and released by publisher Working Designs in 2000, Vanguard Bandits puts you in command of powerful squadrons of magical robotic warriors in defiance of the evil Junaris Kingdom. The game's unique instruments of war, ATACs or All Terrain Armored Combatants, are uniquely controlled by each rider's mind. The long and arduous quest puts you in the combat boots of the charismatic Bastion as he realizes his destiny to lead the rebellion and save the people of his world from an eternity of oppression.

Players will have to make strategic use of their squadron throughout each of the different levels of terrain. Featuring 3 branching storylines and 5 unique endings, the classic tactical RPG is highlighted by battles that alternate between an isometric view and detailed 3D action sequences.

Vanguard Bandits will be available for download for $9.99 in the PSone Classics section on the PlayStation Network.

MonkeyPaw Games will offer a license for a free digital Vanguard Bandits strategy guide download from our website to help you through this enormous world. You’ll need it. It's a large world indeed. Please let us know what you think about the game  and state your preferences as to the games you’d like to see MonkeyPaw Games bring you in the future.


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