Alcatraz (Amiga)

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A drug baron took over Alcatraz prison and now the player takes the role of an U.S. Navy Seal to break in and neutralize him. He has two hours to complete his objectives in three buildings and needs to survive two different playing styles: side-scrolling fighting on the streets and first-person shooting inside.

Outside, the goal is to reach the building in which the objectives have to be completed. Of course the baron's thugs are not too pleased and try to kill the hero - so he has to shoot back with a many different weapons, e.g. flamethrowers, machine guns, bombs, and other destructive or close combat weapons, which can be collected from dead enemies. Similarly to Hostage: Rescue Mission, he can also hide in the background in certain spots.

Once inside a building, the game switches to a first-person view, in which the player has to navigate a maze to reach his goal, e.g. recovering evidence. To his disposal are a radar and a rifle.


Alcatraz Amiga Briefing
Alcatraz Amiga Inside building looking for the documents.
Alcatraz Amiga In Game 2
Alcatraz Amiga In Game

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hostages II" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Action Apr, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Joker Apr, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Power May, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Datormagazin Apr 23, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Play Time Apr, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Secret Service / New S Service Oct, 1993 65 out of 100 65
Retro Game Reviews May 17, 2015 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) May, 1992 6 out of 12 50
Power Play May, 1992 47 out of 100 47


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Banned in Germany (probably because of the violence which could be inflicted even against innocent).


The man on the front box cover looks suspiciously a lot like actor Steve McQueen, who, by the way, was in a movie called The Great Escape (1963), in which he plays the role of a soldier breaking out from a prison. In all versions, he is holding a Vietnam-era Stoner weapons system.

Information also contributed by 88 49 and John David Karlgren.
Neepie Lantern (535) added Alcatraz (Amiga) on Apr 16, 2004
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