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Metal Gear Solid (Game Boy Color)

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Metal Gear Solid (original Japanese name: Metal Gear: Ghost Babel) for GameBoy Color is not the same game as the popular Playstation/PC installment of the series. It is not set within the storyline of Metal Gear series, but instead tells an unrelated episode featuring the same hero - special agent Solid Snake. A secret government project, codenamed "Babel", attempts to revive the Metal Gear project - development of a highly destructive mech weapon. But an organization known as Gindran Liberation Front hijacked the Metal Gear prototype, without which any further development would be useless. Solid Snake is sent to infiltrate Outer Heaven, a location not entirely unfamiliar to him, and to retrieve the prototype.

The game is similar in style and gameplay to early Metal Gear games. It is viewed from top-down perspective, and its gameplay is mostly based on stealth. Snake has to sneak past the guards, using various tactics to distract them or to kill them silently. Weapons, gadgets, and moves are all similar to those used in the other Metal Gear Solid game. From time to time Snake will also encounter bosses whom he will have to defeat in order to proceed to the next area. Virtual Missions for Snake are also included in this release.


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Alternate Titles

  • "MGS" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Metal Gear: Ghost Babel" -- Japanese Title

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User Reviews

The style of the Playstation, minus the tricks of the MSX. P Ray (8) unrated

Critic Reviews

Nintendojo 2000 10 out of 10 100
Game Vortex 2000 100 out of 100 100
Game Critics Aug 20, 2000 10 out of 10 100
GamingEvolution 2004 9.7 out of 10 97
Gamekult Oct 19, 2000 9 out of 10 90
HonestGamers 2000 9 out of 10 90
Super Play (Sweden) May, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Feb 20, 2012 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Total! (Germany) Apr, 2000 1.75 out of 6 85
All Game Guide 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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Related Web Sites

  • Metal Gear Solid: The Unofficial Site (A fansite that contains information about the whole Metal Gear franchise, including galleries, interviews, downloadable content and discussion boards.)
Cor 13 (174226) added Metal Gear Solid (Game Boy Color) on Mar 25, 2006