Puzzle Mode FAQ by CMacDonald

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 09/10/00 | Printable Version

 Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions
 Puzzle Mode Mini-FAQ, v1.0

 by Charles MacDonald
 E-mail: cgfm2@hooked.net

 Unpublished work Copyright 2000 Charles MacDonald

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 Since no FAQs exist that explain how to solve all of the Puzzle Mode
 missions, I've decided to write up my solutions to help people playing
 this game.

 When I refer to lines or intersections, I'm referring to the green grid
 lines present on each stage. They are very useful for positioning Solid
 Snake correctly.

 Puzzle 1
 Stand on the 2nd intersection from the right edge of the platform,
 and throw a grenade straight forward.

 Puzzle 2
 Stand on the 2nd intersection from the bottom edge of the platform,
 and press the attack button three times. (Only the kick needs
 to connect)

 Puzzle 3
 This level is shaped like a big question mark. There is a camera blocking
 your way to the upper level where the guard is.

 You can beat this stage in two ways:

 - Use a Stinger to take out the guard. You can then use another missile
   to destroy the camera. The goal will appear at the left end of the
   top level.

 - Use a Stinger to knock the guard into the lava pit. You need to quickly
   move to the left and face forward, (giving you a clear view of the guard)
   then shoot a Stinger to hit him, knocking him into the lava. You cannot
   wait for the Stinger to lock on, you have to shoot and predict when
   the missile will hit the guard in time. The goal will appear a bit
   in front of you on the lower level.

 Puzzle 4
 Shoot any block to destroy most of the other blocks. You can pick
 off a few more by directly facing a block.

 For some blocks, you'll have to get your target indicator to light
 up (meaning you've locked on to the target), then aim for a nearby
 window. Your missile will fly through the window and home in on
 it's target.

 To destroy the lowest block, stand on the second grid down from
 the left edge of the flat area between both stairs. Face north and fire
 through the window after locking on to the block.

 To destroy the easternmost block, stand in the first grid of the
 flat area between both stairs, face east, and aim between the two
 windows that are at eye level. You should see the target box light,
 press up to point at the upper window and launch a missile.

 To destroy the block right in front of the easternmost block, stand
 on the left edge closest to you, of the 2x3 grid platform at the end of
 the last flight of stairs. Turn around and shoot at the block. An easy
 way to turn without moving forwards is to crouch, press forward, then
 stand up.

 To destroy the northernmost (farthest away) block, stand on the
 first grid of the flat area at the bottom of the second flight
 of stairs. Face north, and shoot the block through the window
 by locking on to it first.

 Puzzle 5
 Run straight forwards. Shoot down the first wall while running, then
 stop shooting and tap the equip button twice to re-load your machine
 gun. This way you won't stop in the middle of breaking down the other
 walls. Repeat for all the other walls. Don't stop moving, and don't
 waste your bullets until you are close enough to a wall.

 Puzzle 6
 Stand on the upper-left grid of the 3x3 platform at the northwest
 corner. Use you 1st person view to aim diagonally towards the right,
 so you are pointed at the tunnel in the tall building. Shoot a Nikita
 missile, then switch to first person view.

 Fly through the tunnel, then turn left and head up the first ramp.
 Fly forward and turn left towards the second ramp, then fly up it.
 Turn right, and fly towards the third ramp. Turn right, fly up the
 ramp, then thrn left and head towards the two blocks. Detonate your
 missle underneath the blocks to destroy them.

 The key to conserving enough fuel is to allow your rocket to fly
 faster when not pressing the directional controls.

 Now fly the same path again, but at the second ramp, fly forwards
 to destroy the block that was above the 3x2 platform you were
 previously standing on. You should move Snake down to the 3x3 grid
 below so you don't get injured by the blast.

 Move down the ramp near the lone block at the middle of the intersection.
 Fire a missile up the ramp, and detonate it while it flies over the
 two orange blocks connecting the two platforms you were previously
 standing on.

 Now move away and destroy the lone block you were near to. Head
 south and go down the small ramp and two orange blocks. Shoot
 a missile forward, then move it north then west to hit the lowest
 two blocks under the building. Do not hit the blocks near you.

 Head across the blocks to the next platform, then move all the way up.
 Destroy the two blocks above the single block intersection.

 Head down, and right to the southwest 3x3 platform. Destroy the blocks
 to the north, to the east, and the low blocks near the ramp.

 Puzzle 7
 Head northwest until you reach the middle dividing line. When the
 spotlights are far away, run to the right down the line. Near the middle,
 crawl until you pick up the Claymore. Run northwest to avoid the
 spotlights, then place a Claymore in front of the wall. Walk over the
 Claymore to destroy the wall (you can sustain the damage), and head
 for the exit.

 Puzzle 8
 Throw a grenade standing at the middle of the north platform edge.
 Throw a grenade standing at the far left of the north platform edge.
 Throw a grenade standing at the far right of the north platform edge.
 Throw a grenade from the intersection at lines 3, 2 at the right side.
 Throw a grenade from the intersection at lines 3, 1 at the right side.
 Throw a grenade from the intersection at lines 3, 2 at the left side.
 Throw a grenade from the intersection at lines 3, 1 at the left side.

 Puzzle 9
 Hide behind the wall. Wait for the guard to look to the left, then
 run right, then up, then hide behind the northern wall. (remember
 to crouch). The guard will make two passes towards your direction,
 on the second pass he will walk left and then down (the same route
 you took coming up). When he is walking in that direction, place
 C4 on his back, then detonate it when he walks between the
 two security cameras when coming back to make the third pass.

 Puzzle 10
 Get next to the wall by the guard's chamber. When he turns around, run
 in and choke him, then dump him on the ground. Head north, and crawl
 until you get the Claymore. Run down the pathway until the soldier
 loses sight of you and your footprints. After he returns to his post,
 go back to the wall where you first waited, and knock again to have
 him follow you. Carefully make your way to the glass wall. It's
 important that you stay out of the guard's range of vision (use the
 radar screen to know what he is seeing), and to advance slowly enough
 that he will not lose track of your footprints, which disappear after

 To place the Claymore correctly, walk up towards the glass wall a bit,
 then walk back and place the Claymore facing towards the wall. This
 ensures the guard will follow your footprints *into* the Claymore,
 and not just to the point where you placed it.

 In Closing

 Feel free to e-mail me with questions or comments.
 I will at least read your letter if time does not permit a response. :)

 Unpublished work Copyright 2000 Charles MacDonald