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Twenty years after the events of The House of the Dead II, Lisa Rogan and Agent G are desperately searching for Lisa's father, Thomas. Eventually they find themselves at a local corporate office, which is over-run with all kinds of deadly and evil creatures of the afterlife.

It's up to you (or a friend) to blast your way through the evil dead to rescue Lisa's father. Included are multiple gameplay paths (you choose which way to go), the new auto-reloading shotgun, and 2 player support.


The House of the Dead III Windows Those zombies had great patience to wait me in the lockers
The House of the Dead III Windows Weapon in 'The House of Dead 3' is shotgun
The House of the Dead III Windows Do you wonder what his weapon is?
The House of the Dead III Windows Very bad doctor - he likes to throw knives and he is quick

Promo Images

The House of the Dead III Screenshot
The House of the Dead III Screenshot
The House of the Dead III Screenshot
The House of the Dead III Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "HOD3" -- Abbreviated title

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User Reviews

Great Zombie Killing Fun! Xbox M.Allen (88)
Actually pretty good. Xbox MegaMegaMan (2285)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Xbox Dec 01, 2002 B+ 83
X-Power Xbox Apr 09, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Xbox Nov 04, 2002 4 out of 5 80
Game Shark Xbox May 08, 2003 B 75 / Xbox Apr 27, 2005 74 out of 100 74
Original Gamer Arcade Jul 31, 2009 6.7 out of 10 67
Defunct Games Xbox Nov 09, 2002 66 out of 100 66
Games TM Xbox Jan, 2003 5 out of 10 50
Gamers Europe Windows Mar 11, 2005 5 out of 10 50
Joystick (French) Windows Mar, 2005 2 out of 10 20


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The UK Advertising Standards Authority got complaints about an ad for House of the Dead III and publisher Atari was forced to pull it. It featured an image of a corpse with two bullet wounds in it and its hands tied above its head, along with the phrase "the only good zombie is a dead zombie".

German index

On May 31, 2005, The House of the Dead III was put on the infamous German index by the BPjM. 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.


As of release, this was the only lightgun shooter on the Xbox. Neither Sega or Microsoft designed a lightgun for the console because of this fact, so Madcats stepped in with their own lightgun for Xbox owners.

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