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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 Atari ST Loading screen
Hostage: Rescue Mission NES Sometimes Hiding isn't enough
Hostage: Rescue Mission DOS Jump over wall (CGA)
Hostage: Rescue Mission DOS Hostages title screen (European release)

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)

The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Jan, 1989 10 out of 10 100
Raze Amiga Mar, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Raze Atari ST Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Game Informer Magazine NES Nov, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Tilt Macintosh Sep, 1990 15 out of 20 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Mar, 1989 8.6 out of 12 72
Power Play Commodore 64 1989 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Amiga 1989 70 out of 100 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


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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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