Hostage: Rescue Mission

aka: Hostages, Hostages: The Embassy Mission, Operation Jupiter, Rescue: The Embassy Mission

Description official descriptions

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.


  • בני-ערובה - Hebrew spelling
  • ホステージ - Japanese spelling

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Credits (Amiga version)

13 People (11 developers, 2 thanks)

Idée originale (Original concept)
Scénario (Scenario)
Graphiste principale (Main artist)
Remerciements à (Thanks to)
English translation
German translation




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.

Information also contributed by 99 49 and Blood

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  • MobyGames ID: 6939


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by POMAH.

Amiga added by EboMike. NES added by Shoddyan. Windows added by Rik Hideto. Commodore 64 added by Rebound Boy. Antstream added by firefang9212. Amstrad CPC, MSX added by Kohler 86. Atari ST added by Supaiku. Electron, Apple IIgs, Acorn 32-bit added by Kabushi. ZX Spectrum added by Martin Smith. Macintosh added by Eli Tomlinson. BBC Micro added by formercontrib.

Additional contributors: Trixter, EboMike, Shoddyan, chirinea, tbuteler, Blood, Игги Друге, Crawly, Patrick Bregger, Victor Vance, ZeTomes.

Last modified February 22nd, 2023.