Metal Gear

Moby ID: 140111
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Metal Gear features the exploits of special forces operative Solid Snake stealth mission into a hostile location known as Outer Heaven. Snake's goal is to eliminate a walking tank armed with nuclear capabilities.

The original MSX version was later ported to the NES but was heavily altered featuring a different map layout among a litany of other changes.

The mobile phone version is based on the MSX version with some additions such as including an easy mode, Boss Survival mode, and having the Infinite Bandana item.


  • メタルギア - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 84% (based on 2 ratings)


Average score: 3.5 out of 5 (based on 44 ratings with 1 reviews)

An interesting origin of the Metal Gear series

The Good
In this game many elements from the more popular Metal Gear Solid could be seen: nearly identical list of weapons, similar (but much less verbose) storyline, and items (as in the ever-present cigs).

The Bad
It is slightly repetitive and at times frustrating - I'd even argue it's harder than its third installment due to its basic strategies. The storyline, as mentioned, is very minimized - the characters responding to codec frequencies merely repeat themselves; whereas in MGS the storyline is very much in the forefront, with vast backgrounds created for most characters in the game that parallel real-life political issues, Metal Gear is certainly a contrast to that, even for games as old (although this was the first game I've played on the MSX, and I'm not even sure the system was adequately powerful for long storylines).

The Bottom Line
It was a promising beginning in establishing a whole genre.

MSX · by Ymir (18) · 2020

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Game added by Alaka.

Wii added by Michael Cassidy. Windows added by Rik Hideto. J2ME added by chirinea. MSX added by Unicorn Lynx.

Additional contributors: Rik Hideto.

Game added January 6th, 2020. Last modified September 30th, 2023.