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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 Amstrad CPC Title screen
Hostage: Rescue Mission Atari ST Entering the building
Hostage: Rescue Mission ZX Spectrum Delta comes out of the shadows and dives to avoid the search lights
Hostage: Rescue Mission Atari ST Ready to fire

Promo Images

Hostage: Rescue Mission Screenshot
Hostage: Rescue Mission Screenshot
Hostage: Rescue Mission Screenshot
Hostage: Rescue Mission Screenshot

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

Pretty good game, brilliantly advanced idea and design DOS WizardX (117)
Brilliant. Amiga EboMike (3135)
Surprisingly good for its era Atari ST Maury Markowitz (248)
Great game, although some annoying features DOS Maury Markowitz (248)

Critic Reviews

Raze Amiga Mar, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Just Games Retro NES Apr 16, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Oct, 1988 10 out of 12 83
The One Atari ST Oct, 1988 81 out of 100 81
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Apr, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Tilt Macintosh Sep, 1990 15 out of 20 75
Power Play Commodore 64 1989 70 out of 100 70
Power Play DOS 1989 60 out of 100 60
Mean Machines NES Feb, 1991 41 out of 100 41

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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.

Information also contributed by 99 49 and Blood

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