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

4.1 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 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.

Robrob2 ,

Good start, looking forward to improvements

I have the physical game with all expansions. This is a great way to enjoy the game "on the fly" during my commute, waiting for meetings, etc...

Like most all new apps, it needs a little polish.

The recent update (hopefully) fixed the irritating issue found in other games with 3D dice rolling - they roll around forever and often get "stuck" on an edge. It would be great if in the settings you could just turn off 3D dice.

I would rate the app a full star higher if it weren't for the microscopic (and incomplete) card titles. I realize it's not possible to show card text at the app's resolution and that holding on a card magnifies it however, if you can't read the name of the card in the first place (the names are literally incomplete) then you wind up having to press and hold each and every card, each and every time.

App Privacy

The developer, Peter Kossits, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.

More By This Developer

You Might Also Like