Hostage: Rescue Mission

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Commodore 64
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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 Atari ST Get your team members safely to the marks
Hostage: Rescue Mission DOS Mission briefing (CGA)
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 Commodore 64 Breaking the window

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 (116)
Brilliant. Amiga EboMike (3008)
Great game, although some annoying features DOS Maury Markowitz (226)

Critic Reviews

Raze Amiga Mar, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Just Games Retro NES Apr 16, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Raze NES Jul, 1991 87 out of 100 87
The One Atari ST Oct, 1988 81 out of 100 81
Game Informer Magazine NES Nov, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Zzap! Amiga Sep, 1989 74 out of 100 74
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Apr, 1989 71 out of 100 71
The Games Machine (UK) Acorn 32-bit Sep, 1990 67 out of 100 67
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Mar, 1991 58 out of 100 58
Mean Machines NES Feb, 1991 41 out of 100 41


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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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