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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 In PC mode you can play as a variety of characters
The House of the Dead Windows Hey, that was my ARM dammit!
The House of the Dead Windows Bite?
The House of the Dead Windows Rogan, ready for action in his Miskatonic U. class blazer

Promo Images

The House of the Dead Magazine Advertisement
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 (42000)
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 (244)

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Apr, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Electric Playground SEGA Saturn Sep 14, 1998 7.5 out of 10 75
Independent Zin Windows Feb 10, 2019 70 out of 100 70
Reset Windows Oct, 1998 7 out of 10 70 / SEGA Saturn Oct 20, 2012 70 out of 100 70
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Windows Jan 01, 2001 68 out of 100 68
Absolute Games ( Windows Jun 16, 1998 60 out of 100 60
Game Revolution SEGA Saturn Sep 01, 1998 C 50
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1998 3 out of 10 30


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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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