DescriptionTerrorists 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
- "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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|Pretty good game, brilliantly advanced idea and design||DOS||WizardX (117)|
|Surprisingly good for its era||Atari ST||Maury Markowitz (251)|
|Great game, although some annoying features||DOS||Maury Markowitz (251)|
|Atari ST User||Atari ST||Jan, 1989||10 out of 10||100|
|Raze||NES||Jul, 1991||87 out of 100||87|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Atari ST||Oct, 1988||10 out of 12||83|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Amiga||Apr, 1989||78 out of 100||78|
|Joystick (French)||NES||Apr, 1991||74 out of 100||74|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Commodore 64||Oct, 1989||74 out of 100||74|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||DOS||Mar, 1989||8.6 out of 12||72|
|Zzap! (Italy)||Commodore 64||Oct, 1989||70 out of 100||70|
|Power Play||Commodore 64||1989||70 out of 100||70|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||NES||Mar, 1991||58 out of 100||58|
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CoverNearly 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.
ExtrasThe 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.
LegacyAlcatraz from Infogrames is the spiritual sequel to this game.
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