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Splatterhouse is the first game in the series, but only the second game to appear on a home console (after Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti on the NES), which was later continued on the SEGA Genesis.

Rick and his girlfriend Jennifer enter West Mansion (known as Splatterhouse) to study Dr. West's parapsychology teachings for a school project. After a flash of lightning and a scream, Jennifer is gone, and Rick is left wearing the Terror Mask, which gives the wearer great strength.

Rick must survive seven blood-soaked levels full of corpses, demons, and other disturbing creatures in this arcade side-scrolling beat-em-up. Several weapons are at Rick's disposal throughout the house, such as a meat cleaver, a two by four, and a shotgun. If Rick wants to find Jennifer alive, he must move quickly through the floors of the mansion.... as a happy reunion is not always guaranteed.


Splatterhouse TurboGrafx-16 The dungeon is getting crowded
Splatterhouse TurboGrafx-16 first boss
Splatterhouse TurboGrafx-16 Watch out for the mobile holes on the bridge
Splatterhouse TurboGrafx-16 The girlfriend rises and turns into this boss monster

Promo Images

Splatterhouse Screenshot
Splatterhouse Screenshot
Splatterhouse Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "スプラッターハウス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The Original Horror-Fest. Guy Chapman (1996) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Jun 05, 2001 A 100
Retrogaming.it Jan 22, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1990 32 out of 40 80
Video Game Den Apr 24, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Lens of Truth Nov 21, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
Power Play Jul, 1990 72 out of 100 72
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 31, 2004 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) May, 1990 8.2 out of 12 68
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 09, 2010 12 out of 20 60
Retro Archives Nov 02, 2018 11 out of 20 55


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Splatterhouse appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Hell Mask

The "Hell Mask", (also known as the "Terror Mask" or simply "The Mask") despite looking like a hockey mask, is intended to be an Aztec sacrificial mask, like the one in the anime/manga Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.


The arcade version of Splatterhouse, released in 1988, holds the distinction of being the first game to have a parental advisory disclaimer put on it (before id Software's Wolfenstein.


Supposedly the mansion in the original Splatterhouse is the mansion of Dr. Herbert West, from H.P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator.

Version differences

There are a few noticeable differences between the American and Japanese versions of Splatterhouse. In the American version, some of the minor animations of the monsters have been removed (i.e. the severed hands no longer beckon or give the middle finger to the player, and the zombies leap out of pits instead of slowly crawling out). Also an upside-down cross that was originally a stage boss was removed. Another difference involved Rick's Terror Mask being red instead of white. This change was made possibly to avoid connections with Jason Vorhees from the Friday the 13th movies.

Information also contributed by Guy Chapman and Zovni

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Guy Chapman (1996) added Splatterhouse (TurboGrafx-16) on Jan 26, 2005
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