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The House of the Dead is a rail shooter. Go through the four chapters with branching paths and kill all the zombies, avoid killing the humans, and rescue the girl. Shooting various special targets along the way or in a certain time period give the player temporary health and weapon upgrades.

The Saturn version of the game contains two extra modes called Saturn Mode and Boss Mode. Saturn mode plays like the arcade game, but offers the player different characters to choose from. Character selection matters since they each have varying attributes such as their reload time and how much damage they can take before dying. The Boss Mode allows the player to fight one boss of their choosing or all of the game's four boss monsters consecutively.


The House of the Dead Windows In PC mode you can play as a variety of characters
The House of the Dead Windows You say you want killer monkeys? Consider it done!
The House of the Dead Windows Curien activates his masterpiece, the Magician
The House of the Dead Windows Girl power... Sophie and a DBR Researcher ready to kick butt

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Alternate Titles

  • "HOD" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Not by Dostoevsky….. SEGA Saturn MasterMegid (896)
Run around a haunted house and deal with hilarious zombies Windows *Katakis* (38210)
A great arcade shooter gets a horrible, horrible port. SEGA Saturn Ludicrous Gibs! (40)
A decent railed shooter, Dont expect anything more Windows Andrew Hartnett (2197)
A good game Windows James1 (238)

Critic Reviews

Meristation Windows Oct 04, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89
Joystick (French) SEGA Saturn May, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Game Players SEGA Saturn Jun, 1998 7.8 out of 10 78
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Apr 23, 1998 7.3 out of 10 73
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Nov 02, 2003 B- 67
Absolute Games ( Windows Jun 16, 1998 60 out of 100 60
Game Revolution SEGA Saturn Sep 01, 1998 C 50
Shooterplanet Windows Jul 12, 2004 44 out of 100 44
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jul, 1998 34 out of 100 34
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1998 3 out of 10 30


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German version

On January 30, 1999, The House of the Dead was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.


The movie version of The House of the Dead has next to nothing to do with its game counterpart, but it has an interesting twist: one of the survivors of the zombie rampage was named Curien (the villain of The House of the Dead), and AMS agents Rogan and G appear at the film's end.

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