Hostage Negotiator 12+

Peter Kossits

Designed for iPad

    • $3.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Official app of the board game by AJ Porfirio and Van Ryder Games.

In Hostage Negotiator, you play the part of a law enforcement agent responsible for negotiating the release of hostages taken by an unscrupulous figure hell-bent on having his or her demands met.

Each turn in the game represents a conversation between you and the hostage taker. You'll play cards and roll dice to increase conversation points, decrease the threat level, and release hostages. Hostage Negotiator uses a unique "hand-building" mechanism that puts cards you purchase directly in your hand for next turn rather than leaving you wondering when the cards will show up like in deck-building games.

In Hostage Negotiator there are multiple paths to victory, but the hostage taker has other plans. Will you try to calm him and get him to surrender? Will you stall and bide your time before sending in the team for a major extraction? How many hostages will you save? These are many of the exciting decisions you will make in a game of Hostage Negotiator!

Play against 4 villains, each, with their own personalities.
Interactive tutorial teaches the rules and basic strategy as you play.
The app tracks a variety of player statistics.

What’s New

Version 1.4.2

Minor Bug Fix - Against the expansion villain Gonzalo the button allowing you to play cards face down for a conversation point should not be available if the bus is moving through the Forest. If you have not purchased the Gonzalo expansion, you do not need to download this update.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

DainGer42 ,

I prefer to the physical game in a lot of ways.

It is still quite stressful as games go, but with the physical version it is so easy to scrap a bad game when things seem like they are unrecoverable. I have twice now won in situations that seemed hopeless. The dice also seem to roll slightly more favorably than the real dice which makes this game easier to play. My preference here may have as much to do with the game itself as it does when and where I play it. I play the app when there is not much better to do and I am waiting for something. When I am playing the physical game, I have dozens of other options. Bottom line: it’s a good game turned into a serviceable app with an ugly interface and a good way to burn 20 minutes. There certainly worse ways you could blow 5 dollars.

William Umstattd ,

Watch some tutorial videos

This is a great adaptation of the board game. I wish there was more variety in the cards you have access to but it’s much better than most iPhone games. You can buy more villains to go against but other than that there are no annoying pay to win micro transactions.

geoelectric ,

The dice ruin the game

The game is great, or would be. The 3D dice consistently hit the sides of the screen so don’t roll many times. The physics on them is a little off and sometimes they seem to slide as much as roll. They get hung up on each other, too, and when they don’t lie flat (corner or side propped up) it’s usually considered a failure even when a success seems like what would be on top.

Upshot is that the dice fail quite often—seems like well over half the time, whereas it should be somewhat under one half for a pair.

Even if there’s not an actual statistical issue, the automatic rolling with no user input and ambiguous results lead to a helpless and frustrating experience. Instead of rolling the dice to win, you’re watching the game roll the dice to beat you and wondering if it’s cheating/buggy or not.

Developer Response ,

It's weird. Lots of people are mentioning problems with the dice, but to be honest I'm not seeing it. Maybe 1 in a 100 rolls might raise my eyebrow a little. May be something that only happens on phones. I do 90% of my testing on the iPad. Sorry about the bad experience and thanks for giving it a try. .

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