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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 Doctor Curien, the guy responsible for this whole mess
The House of the Dead Windows But she seems to have acquired an odd fixation with you brains
The House of the Dead Windows First boss in armor
The House of the Dead Windows Boss battle with Hermit Type 6803

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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

Not by Dostoevsky….. SEGA Saturn MasterMegid (902)
Run around a haunted house and deal with hilarious zombies Windows Katakis | カタキス (39520)
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 (2292)
A good game Windows James1 (247)

Critic Reviews

Meristation Windows Oct 04, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89
PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Apr, 1998 83 out of 100 83
All Game Guide Windows 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Players SEGA Saturn Jun, 1998 7.8 out of 10 78
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Sep, 1998 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Apr 23, 1998 7.3 out of 10 73 SEGA Saturn Oct 20, 2012 70 out of 100 70
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Windows Jan 01, 2001 68 out of 100 68
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jul, 1998 37 out of 100 37


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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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