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A drug baron took over Alcatraz prison and now the player takes the role of an U.S. Navy Seal to break in and neutralize him. He has two hours to complete his objectives in three buildings and needs to survive two different playing styles: side-scrolling fighting on the streets and first-person shooting inside.

Outside, the goal is to reach the building in which the objectives have to be completed. Of course the baron's thugs are not too pleased and try to kill the hero - so he has to shoot back with a many different weapons, e.g. flamethrowers, machine guns, bombs, and other destructive or close combat weapons, which can be collected from dead enemies. Similarly to Hostage: Rescue Mission, he can also hide in the background in certain spots.

Once inside a building, the game switches to a first-person view, in which the player has to navigate a maze to reach his goal, e.g. recovering evidence. To his disposal are a radar and a rifle.


Alcatraz Amiga Inside building looking for the documents.
Alcatraz Amiga In Game
Alcatraz Atari ST From the intro
Alcatraz Atari ST Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hostages II" -- Working title

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Amiga Action Amiga Apr, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Joker Amiga Apr, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Datormagazin Amiga Apr 23, 1992 70 out of 100 70
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1993 58 out of 100 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jun, 1992 6 out of 12 50
Power Play Amiga May, 1992 47 out of 100 47
Power Play DOS Jun, 1992 47 out of 100 47
Power Play Atari ST May, 1992 47 out of 100 47
PC Player (Germany) DOS Feb, 1993 26 out of 100 26


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Banned in Germany (probably because of the violence which could be inflicted even against innocent).


The man on the front box cover looks suspiciously a lot like actor Steve McQueen, who, by the way, was in a movie called The Great Escape (1963), in which he plays the role of a soldier breaking out from a prison. In all versions, he is holding a Vietnam-era Stoner weapons system.

Information also contributed by 88 49 and John David Karlgren.
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