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The House of the Dead

Critic Score User Score
Arcade
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3.7
SEGA Saturn
72
3.7
Windows
59
3.4
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Description

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.

Screenshots

The House of the Dead Windows playing as Sophie
The House of the Dead Windows The good ending... Sophie is reanimated, but in a slightly healthier manner
The House of the Dead Windows Don't you just hate it when someone takes head but... OK, just hold that thought wiseguy
The House of the Dead Arcade Chainsaw attack!

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* (37865)
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 (2218)
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
Game Players SEGA Saturn Jun, 1998 7.8 out of 10 78
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Apr 23, 1998 7.3 out of 10 73
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA Saturn 2008 7 out of 10 70
Video Games SEGA Saturn May, 1998 68 out of 100 68
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Nov 02, 2003 B- 67
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Jun 16, 1998 60 out of 100 60
Game Over Online Windows Jun 12, 1998 51 out of 100 51
Game Revolution SEGA Saturn Sep 01, 1998 C 50
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jul, 1998 34 out of 100 34

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Trivia

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.

Movie

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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