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Hostage: Rescue Mission

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Hostage: Rescue Mission ZX Spectrum Playing as operative Delta first
Hostage: Rescue Mission Apple IIgs More men arrive by helicopter...
Hostage: Rescue Mission NES With all teams in place... things are ready to get done
Hostage: Rescue Mission ZX Spectrum On the move again

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

Brilliant. Amiga EboMike (3009)
Pretty good game, brilliantly advanced idea and design DOS WizardX (116)
Great game, although some annoying features DOS Maury Markowitz (226)

The Press Says

Just Games Retro NES Apr 16, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Informer Magazine NES Nov, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Apr, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Zzap! (Italy) Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Atari ST Nov, 1988 70 out of 100 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Dec, 1988 689 out of 1000 69
1UP! NES Jul 16, 2012 68 out of 100 68
The Games Machine (UK) Acorn 32-bit Sep, 1990 67 out of 100 67
Power Play DOS 1989 60 out of 100 60
Mean Machines NES Feb, 1991 41 out of 100 41

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Trivia

Cover

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.

Extras

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.

Legacy

Alcatraz from Infogrames is the spiritual sequel to this game.

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