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Terrorists have overrun an embassy and hold the people inside as hostages. You control six counter-terrorists whose mission is to eliminate the terrorists. In the first part of the game, you have to bring three men into position so they can snipe the building. The second part involves entering the building with the other three men to kill the terrorists and rescue the hostages. Depending on how well you positioned your snipers, you can use them to assist you on that mission.


Hostage: Rescue Mission BBC Micro Loading screen.
Hostage: Rescue Mission ZX Spectrum A van then arrives, the game title assembles itself and the game displays a copyright window followed by the developer credits
Hostage: Rescue Mission Amstrad CPC Opening sequence: an unmarked car pulls up...
Hostage: Rescue Mission Amstrad CPC Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "בני-ערובה" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Rescue: The Embassy Mission" -- NES title
  • "Operation Jupiter" -- French title
  • "Hostages: The Embassy Mission" -- Japanese title
  • "Hostages" -- European/Israeli title
  • "ホステージ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Pretty good game, brilliantly advanced idea and design DOS WizardX (114)
Brilliant. Amiga EboMike (3005)
Surprisingly good for its era Atari ST Maury Markowitz (236)
Great game, although some annoying features DOS Maury Markowitz (236)

Critic Reviews

Raze Atari ST Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Raze NES Jul, 1991 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Oct, 1988 10 out of 12 83
The One Atari ST Oct, 1988 81 out of 100 81
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Apr, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Joystick (French) NES Apr, 1991 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Mar, 1989 8.6 out of 12 72
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga May, 1989 689 out of 1000 69
1UP! NES Jul 16, 2012 68 out of 100 68
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Mar, 1991 58 out of 100 58


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Nearly all versions of this game have cover art and also other artwork showing a very specific unit shoulder patch on the shoulder of each counter-terrorist operative. The specific unit patch is very distinctive -- it corresponds exactly to the French National Police counter-terrorist unit, Group d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale.

Also, the operatives are shown using ropes to descend walls and smash through windows --- the same approach that was used when the SAS rescued those who were taken captive in the British Embassy near Princess Gate. And the helicopter being used in the game is the type called the "Little Bird," the same type that was used when the American hostage Kurt Muse was rescued from prison during the invasion of Panama.


The original French release of this game (maybe others) contained a set of three transparent stickers. The stickers were supposed to imitate bullet holes when applied on a window or glass.


Alcatraz from Infogrames is the spiritual sequel to this game.

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