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 Amiga The embassy and its surroundings. X marks the spots where you can position your snipers.
Hostage: Rescue Mission DOS Title and menu (EGA)
Hostage: Rescue Mission Atari ST Two snipers in position
Hostage: Rescue Mission Commodore 64 Terrorist is trying to escape your shots

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 (3009)
Great game, although some annoying features DOS Maury Markowitz (226)

Critic Reviews

Raze Atari ST Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Apr, 1989 78 out of 100 78
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Dec, 1988 77 out of 100 77
Joystick (French) NES Apr, 1991 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Amiga 1989 70 out of 100 70
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Dec, 1988 689 out of 1000 69
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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