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The House of the Dead

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
3.7
SEGA Saturn
71
3.7
Windows
57
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 Bite?
The House of the Dead Windows Rogan, ready for action in his Miskatonic U. class blazer
The House of the Dead Windows Plenty of gore for your viewing pleasuree
The House of the Dead Windows Boss battle with Hermit Type 6803

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* (37842)
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 (2236)
A good game Windows James1 (240)

The Press Says

All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Meristation Windows Oct 04, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Apr 23, 1998 7.3 out of 10 73
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA Saturn 2008 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Windows Jan 01, 2001 68 out of 100 68
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Nov 02, 2003 B- 67
Game Revolution SEGA Saturn Sep 01, 1998 C 50
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jul, 1998 37 out of 100 37
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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