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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.


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There are 39 other screenshots from other versions of this game or official promotional screenshots.

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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….. MasterMegid (902) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
A great arcade shooter gets a horrible, horrible port. Ludicrous Gibs! (40) 0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Mega Fun Apr, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Joystick (French) May, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Game Players Jun, 1998 7.8 out of 10 78
Electric Playground Sep 14, 1998 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Apr 23, 1998 7.3 out of 10 73 Oct 20, 2012 70 out of 100 70
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) 2008 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Apr, 1998 68 out of 100 68
The Video Game Critic Nov 02, 2003 B- 67
Game Revolution Sep 01, 1998 C 50


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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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Kartanym (12776) added The House of the Dead (SEGA Saturn) on Oct 12, 2002
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