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.
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
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. .
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.
The game itself is pretty good, but it's luck heavy dependent on dice rolls.
The app looks a little dated. When you roll the dice, the dice move really slow. Also, if the dice roll onto a corner, it's automatically considered a failed roll. They should be rerolled because it pushes the already bleak odds further away.
Animation of the cards could be improved, but more importantly, there should be an option to either turn them off or dramatically increase their speed.
Developer Response ,
Dice moving into a corner is NOT considerred a failed roll.
- Peter Kossits
- 162.4 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2017 Peter Kossits
- In-App Purchases
- Rolph and Dolph $0.99
- Lt. Jackson $0.99
- Gonzalo $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.