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Hostage: Rescue Mission

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Amstrad CPC
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4.5
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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 ZX Spectrum A short animation showing hooded guys leaving a car. This is followed by a scrolling message outlining the game plot 'An embassy has been overrun by terrorists  ....
Hostage: Rescue Mission Atari ST From the intro
Hostage: Rescue Mission Commodore 64 Title Screen with S.W.A.T.

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

Atari ST User Atari ST Jan, 1989 10 out of 10 100
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Oct, 1988 78 out of 100 78
Zzap! Amiga Sep, 1989 74 out of 100 74
Joystick (French) NES Apr, 1991 74 out of 100 74
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Oct, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Atari ST Nov, 1988 70 out of 100 70
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
The Games Machine (UK) Acorn 32-bit Sep, 1990 67 out of 100 67
Power Play DOS 1989 60 out of 100 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Mar, 1991 58 out of 100 58

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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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