The House of the Dead

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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 Meet Chariot Type 27. Jack Skellington this guy is not.
The House of the Dead Arcade Blood scene
The House of the Dead Arcade First enemy to kill
The House of the Dead Windows You say you want killer monkeys? Consider it done!

Alternate Titles

  • "HOD" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Not by Dostoevsky….. SEGA Saturn MasterMegid (897)
Run around a haunted house and deal with hilarious zombies Windows *Katakis* (37914)
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 (2196)
A good game Windows James1 (240)

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Electric Playground SEGA Saturn Sep 14, 1998 7.5 out of 10 75
Video Games SEGA Saturn Apr, 1998 68 out of 100 68
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Windows Jan 01, 2001 68 out of 100 68
Absolute Games ( Windows Jun 16, 1998 60 out of 100 60
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
Génération 4 Windows Sep, 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 17


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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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