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Hostage: Rescue Mission

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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 DOS Ready for the next mission? (CGA)
Hostage: Rescue Mission DOS Life lost (CGA)
Hostage: Rescue Mission ZX Spectrum On the move again
Hostage: Rescue Mission Commodore 64 Main Menu with scrolling title

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
Tilt Macintosh Sep, 1990 15 out of 20 75
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Apr, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Zzap! (Italy) Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 70 out of 100 70
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Play Commodore 64 1989 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Amiga 1989 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Atari ST Nov, 1988 70 out of 100 70
Power Play DOS 1989 60 out of 100 60
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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