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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 But they all say the same thing (in Rogan's voice no less)
The House of the Dead Windows Blood explosion!
The House of the Dead Windows Save the DBR Researchers from their out of control creations
The House of the Dead Windows Sophie's waiting for you if you can beat the game with 0 continues...

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The House of the Dead Other

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 (41284)
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 (2276)
A good game Windows James1 (246)

Critic Reviews

Meristation Windows Oct 04, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89
All Game Guide Windows 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Players SEGA Saturn Jun, 1998 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA Saturn 2008 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Windows Jan 01, 2001 68 out of 100 68
The Video Game Critic SEGA Saturn Nov 02, 2003 B- 67
Game Over Online Windows Jun 12, 1998 51 out of 100 51
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jul, 1998 34 out of 100 34
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 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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