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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 NES Japanese title screen
Hostage: Rescue Mission NES Success! You have found a suitable window to crash through
Hostage: Rescue Mission NES Your best plan is to sneak up on terrorists and dispose of them while they're alone
Hostage: Rescue Mission NES Actual Title Screen

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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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Just Games Retro Apr 16, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Raze Jul, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Joystick (French) Apr, 1991 74 out of 100 74
1UP! Jul 16, 2012 68 out of 100 68
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1991 58 out of 100 58
Mean Machines 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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WildKard (12131) added Hostage: Rescue Mission (NES) on Oct 23, 2003
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