It's been nearly four years since Japanese video game maker Konami (KNM) first established its mobile division, re-releasing Frogger as its maiden cell-phone-compatible title. Oh, how far things have come since. The company has just taken the wraps off Metal Gear Solid Mobile, in effect proving that mobile gaming need not be a dumping ground for long-forgotten arcade games from the '80s, with their crude graphics intact.
Instead, Metal Gear Solid Mobile is a graphically rich stealth-action game that manages to more or less recreate the experience of the popular console franchise—yes, even on a phone. It's an impressive technical feat that shows how quickly mobile titles are becoming more sophisticated. Konami took a year to develop this game. By comparison, the team behind the company's mobile version of Contra 4, another so-called triple-A title, took about half the time.