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Hostage: Rescue Mission

DOS - 1989

Also released on: Mac - Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari ST - BBC Micro - Commodore 64 - Electron - MSX - ZX Spectrum

Alt names בני-ערובה, ホステージ, Hostages, Hostages: The Embassy Mission, Operation Jupiter, Rescue: The Embassy Mission
Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in France, United States (1989)
Israel (1990)
Genre Action, Simulation
Theme Law enforcement, Real-Time, Shooter, Spy / Espionage, Stealth
Publisher BUG Multisystem Ltd., Infogrames Europe SA, Mindscape, Inc.
Developer Infogrames Europe SA
Perspectives 1st-Person, 2D scrolling, Side view, Behind view
Dosbox support Supported on 0.61
4.4 / 5 - 40 votes

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Hostage: Rescue Mission is a fun game from Infogrames, published by Mindscape in the U.S.

As commander of an anti-terrorist squad somewhere in Europe, your job is to rescue U.S. Embassy officials who have been taken hostage by terrorists. The game begins with a neat introduction screen, from which you then select which difficulty you would like to play at, and which mission you want to play. The choice of missions is misleading, however, because the gameplay remains more or less the same regardless of what you choose.

The first part of your mission is to deploy your men in three marked positions around the embassy for a sniper position. Your operatives can run and duck, but that's all you'll need to avoid the searchlights. Once your snipers are in position, the scene switches to the building itself. Here, you must strategically place the remaining soldiers (positioned on the rooftop) around the top of the besieged embassy, ready to abseil down to enter through the windows below. Should any terrorists appear at the windows, you can use your marksmen to silently kill them. But you must learn to distinguish between the silhouettes of the innocents and those of the terrorists. The last stage of the game takes place inside the embassy itself, where you must search the three storeys for people to rescue, shooting any terrorists in sight.

The graphics are crisp and smoothly animated in EGA, and the keyboard-only controls are easy to learn and use. Despite boasting a unique premise and gameplay for its time, Hostage becomes a repetitive once the novelty wears off. This is because all the three stages are action-oriented with little variation in enemy types, etc. Had the game offered more variety a la MicroProse's underrated Covert Action, Hostage would be much more replayable and engaging.

As it stands, it is still a fun game that becomes boring after you see what the stages are like. Recommended, but not a Top Dog.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

larry 2024-02-27 1 point

A true milestone in gaming industry which set the rules still being followed.

This game was one of the elements that defined being a kid in early 90's.

Robotas 2023-08-08 1 point

I played this on ZX Spectrum back in those days, and it was awesome. Now, for those who still have the PC floppy disks or ".img" files of them, you can run multi floppy disks if you use DOSBox Staging or DOSBox-X (it ONLY works on those two versions of dosbox), using this line in the dosbox.conf:
imgmount a "c:\cd\disk1.img" "c:\cd\disk2.img" -t floppy -ro

But remember, to play this game you still need the original manual to pass the initial password code.

PC 2019-11-21 -18 points

Do speak English PAULO? You certainly don't write it. There is a thing called spell check, it was also on the Amiga. But thanks for sharing, if that is what you are doing.

Pius 2019-04-11 0 point

nice game

unknXwn 2016-06-05 3 points

for NES.

szadycbr 2016-05-11 1 point

Nice game indeed, i remember playing it on Atari ST.

Dumy 2015-03-16 -7 points DOS version


sorry, Continue? insider joke...Monkeeey!

Paulo José 2014-11-25 1 point DOS version

my firt play this game is i n may commodore amiga and remenber the playing in my bedroom , looking arond , here windows the terrorist appear , the light is appear the oportunit to shoting the terrorist...

g51 2013-01-28 4 points DOS version

An absolute classic, great fun to play.

jakie 2012-01-30 1 point DOS version

very nice game

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