The House of the Dead

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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 Meet Chariot Type 27. Jack Skellington this guy is not.
The House of the Dead Windows The final battle with Magician Type 0
The House of the Dead Windows Girl power... Sophie and a DBR Researcher ready to kick butt
The House of the Dead Windows Alright, drop the civilian and back away slowly... heh, that's not what I meant and you know it!

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* (37895)
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 (2210)
A good game Windows James1 (240)

Critic Reviews

Meristation Windows Oct 04, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Apr, 1998 83 out of 100 83
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Sep, 1998 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Apr 23, 1998 7.3 out of 10 73
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Windows Jan 01, 2001 68 out of 100 68
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Nov 02, 2003 B- 67
Shooterplanet Windows Jul 12, 2004 44 out of 100 44
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jul, 1998 37 out of 100 37
Génération 4 Windows 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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