Solid Snake has retired from FOX-HOUND, but is called back to active duty to infiltrate the heavily armed nation "Zanzibar Land" and rescue a kidnapped inventor.





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Solid Snake, now retired from Fox-Hound, returns in this sequel to Metal Gear. Dr. Kio Marv, the inventor of OILIX, was taken hostage. The new commander of Fox-Hound, Colonel Roy Campbell, calls Snake back to active duty to infiltrate Zanzibar and rescue Dr. Marv. Written by Anonymous

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Tactical Espionage Game

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19 July 1990 (Japan)  »

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The first boss in the game, a member of the space ninja unit Black Color, was based on the titular characters from Timothy Zahn's novel, The Blackcollar. In Japanese, Blackcollar and Black Color are pronounced the same way. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the closing credits, there's an additional scene where Snake and Holly deliver the MSX cartridge to Campbell. The scene shows the MSX start-up screen with 01k VRAM (Kio Marv spelled backwards) written under the logo. See more »


Followed by Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) See more »

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Great game
28 July 2004 | by (Swansea, Wales) – See all my reviews

Surpassed the original Metal Gear in almost every respect. The graphics were much improved and Snake got a little more personality this time round. (He also looked suspiciously like Charlie Sheen in Hot Shots 2). The stealth aspect was much more stable this time around, with none of the irritating rocket-man sequences that plagued the first installment. Familiar characters from Metal Gear turn up once again with new roles to play in the proceedings. The gameplay too takes a turn for the better. Notably the boss characters are a little more imaginative, in comparison to Metal Gear's 'man with shotgun', 'man with machine gun', and 'man with flamethrower'. The radar system is also a welcome addition, allowing you to make sure that your next screen change won't put you into the middle of five alert guards. All in all, an excellent sequel.

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