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Metal Gear (MSX)

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Near the end of the 20th century, a small fortified nation named Outer Heaven (founded by a mysterious war hero whose name and identity are shrouded in secrecy) is threatening the nations of the "West" with the development of a new prototype weapon named Metal Gear, a walking tank which is capable of launching nuclear warheads from anywhere on the globe. As FOX-HOUND's (an elite black ops unit) newest recruit, going by the codename of Solid Snake, your mission is to infiltrate Outer Heaven and rescue your missing comrade, Grey Fox (who was captured after a failed infiltration), while gathering intelligence on Metal Gear.

In order to fulfill this objective, the player must collect various weapons and equipments (including keycards for further access into the fortress), while avoiding visual contact with the enemy. The player must also confront bosses in the form of Outer Heaven's elite mercenary force and rescue hostages hidden within the fortress in order to increase player rank, which gives Snake an extended life bar and increased storage capacity for replenishable items and ammo. The player can use a wireless transceiver to come in touch with their commanding officer, Big Boss, to learn more about their current mission objectives or contact one of the local resistance members operating covertly within the fortress to gain useful tips and insights.


Metal Gear MSX Starting location: different from NES version
Metal Gear MSX A gun! A gun!!!
Metal Gear MSX Big Boss is so kind as to explain to you how MSX function key work
Metal Gear MSX Weapons. Not much yet, huh?

Alternate Titles

  • "Intruder" -- Working Title

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User Reviews

An interesting origin of the Metal Gear series D H (16) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

The Press Says

Retrogaming History Nov 23, 2010 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1987 79 out of 100 79


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The game documentation included a map composed mainly of gameplay screenshots. Upon closer examination, you can tell the screenshots were taken from the original japanese 8-bit Nes version, thanks to the japanese character set and some slightly different graphics (such as trucks, etc.) which can cause some confusion in the game.

Related Web Sites

  • JUNKER HQ (This fansite is dedicated to the games produced and/or designed by Hideo Kojima and contains all kinds of trivia, artwork, plot summaries, discussion forums and more.)
  • 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.)
  • Video review of NES accessories (WARNING: Laguage) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews some NES accessories and some associated games, including the Roll & Rocker and Metal Gear on NES.)
Oleg Roschin (164813) added Metal Gear (MSX) on Jul 31, 2005
Other platforms contributed by chirinea (33100), Kartanym (10785) and Zovni (9384)