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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 Mutated frogs
The House of the Dead Windows Plenty of gore for your viewing pleasuree
The House of the Dead Windows In PC mode you can play as a variety of characters
The House of the Dead Windows Curien activates his masterpiece, the Magician

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Alternate Titles

  • "HOD" -- Common abbreviation
  • "ザ ハウス オブ ザ デッド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Run around a haunted house and deal with hilarious zombies Katakis | カタキス (39520) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
A decent railed shooter, Dont expect anything more Andrew Hartnett (2292) unrated
A good game James1 (247) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer Dec, 1998 88 out of 100 88
PC Jeux Aug, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Computer Games Magazine Sep 30, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
Svenska PC Gamer Sep, 1998 74 out of 100 74
Absolute Games ( Jun 16, 1998 60 out of 100 60
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
Génération 4 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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Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2425) added The House of the Dead (Windows) on Mar 28, 2000
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