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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.

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The House of the Dead Windows PC Mode
The House of the Dead Windows Mutated frogs
The House of the Dead Windows Girl power... Sophie and a DBR Researcher ready to kick butt
The House of the Dead Windows Save the DBR Researchers from their out of control creations

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Alternate Titles

  • "HOD" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Run around a haunted house and deal with hilarious zombies *Katakis* (38317) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
A decent railed shooter, Dont expect anything more Andrew Hartnett (2177) unrated
A good game James1 (238) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer Dec, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Computer Games Magazine Sep 30, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Jan 01, 2001 68 out of 100 68
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jun 16, 1998 60 out of 100 60
Game Over Online Jun 12, 1998 51 out of 100 51
Shooterplanet Jul 12, 2004 44 out of 100 44
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 1998 34 out of 100 34
PC Player (Denmark) 1998 3 out of 10 30

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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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Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2011) added The House of the Dead (Windows) on Mar 28, 2000
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