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 1.1.3

Bug fix - double tapping to dismiss banner at start of turns would lead to it breaking and not appearing properly in future turns.
Bug fix - small adjustments to dice rolling algorithm. In rare cases it was possible for a die to be rolled off the playing area.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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.

It's okay


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.

Bad use of visuals


You know, when you have one zoom feature, that’s good. When it uses less than a third of the screen, that’s bad.
When you have TWO zoom features, you are already saying that your first zoom was just rubbish. And when the second still uses less than half, you are just nuts.
Overall, a very bad use of screen real estate makes this feel like there was no attention at all to visual design.


Peter Kossits
151.2 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© 2017 Peter Kossits


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