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The House of the Dead Arcade First enemy to kill



User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Arcade release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall User Score (7 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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Hey Poor Player (Sep 18, 2011)
Sega dominated the arcades in the ’90s, and The House of the Dead still stands the test of time as one of their most enjoyable arcade titles. The mix of campy horror and gunplay is a devilish delight that is as fun today as it was when it was released. While Sega has seen fit to port The House of the Dead 2 and 3 to home consoles very competently, The original game only sported 2 very lackluster ports for the PC and Saturn, making the original arcade release still a very worthwhile title to seek out. Anyone with a disdain for the undead and a love for arcade gunplay owes it to themselves to grab their Stunner light gun and pump a few credits into this putrefied classic.
The House of the Dead is a bit more challenging than other shooters. Most games let you kill an enemy if you hit a spot anywhere on its body. This is not the case in The House of the Dead. Most enemies are felled by one shot. Some, like the zombies, require a head shot to be taken out. A shot to the body might slow them down, but it won't stop them for good. The challenge in The House of the Dead is so intense that you'll be happy to keep popping money in the slots.
The Game Hoard (Oct 01, 2020)
The House of the Dead is a pretty fair and frenetic light gun shooter with plenty of enemy variety to sustain the short but action packed raid on the Curien Mansion. Incentivizing shooting enemies in different regions of their body makes it more than just firing on whatever pops up, and enemy placement means accuracy and speed can overcome even unexpected ambushes or monster hordes. The overall game is still pretty simple due to the one gun you use throughout, but rescuing scientists provides an additional goal beyond blasting all you see, and outside of the final boss’s money-draining design, the big battles are definite highlights with their distinct attacks and required player tactics. Pure monster shooting fun with just a bit of thought required for success, The House of the Dead can be counted on for a quick thrill if you happen to come across this light gun game in an arcade.