The House of the Dead
Windows - 1998
Description of The House of the Dead Windows
The House of the Dead is a "rail shooter" - a kind of game I have not seen before on a PC platform although it is well known for arcade fans.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the expression "rail shooter": unlike the usual first-person shooters such as Quake, Doom and so on, in House of the Dead you are not able to choose the directions yourself, only where the game wants you to go. So all that is left to you is shooting on anything that moves :-) Think Rebel Assault on foot, and you'll have a good idea of what HOTD is about.
The story is rather simple. Your girlfriend Sarah leaves a message on your answering machine, telling you she has been captured by a guy called Curien. You, being the chip of the Hero, want to rush out to the place in order to free her. That is where the game begins. As you are 'led' by the game around a place overcrowded with zombies and monsters of all kind, you will constantly be busy shooting, no more, no less. Even though the only weapon you have is a plain 9mm-pistol, that thing obviously leaves holes in bodies in gory manners that are definitely not suitable for kids. Let me say this way: "losing your head" gets a whole new meaning when playing The House of the Dead ;-)
There are quite a few options to toggle. The game plays as well with or without Direct-X support, depending on the options you select. The graphics will remind you of Alone in the dark and similar games, but with more detail. German Authorities (and most likely other as well) will be glad to hear that you can alter the color of blood in the game (yellow, blue, green, red). You can also choose from several gameplay modes, chiefly "arcade" which gives you fixed settings you cannot alter, and "PC mode" where you can choose your avatar, and along with him alter the damage he does as well as the chamber-size of the pistol. The "Reload" option of the gun can be switched on and off, and the lives you have can be set from 1 to 5. The game also features the "Boss-Mode" where you can train only the bosses at the end of each stage.
You have to fight your way through 4 stages, at the end of each awaits some sort of boss ...so nothing really surprising here either. While fighting the bosses of the first 3 stages you get a firm information sheet where to shoot to harm your opponents. The 4th (and last one) just offers you an "unknown type" so you have to find out how to defeat this one yourself.
As you can tell by now, its a rather common and 'uninteresting' implementation of an usual setting. What makes HOTD more challenging and unique compared to other shooters is the fact that you have to be careful not to shoot innocent civilians. If you accidentally shoot them, it will cost you a life. On the other hand, rescuing them (by shooting the monsters around them) will get you an extra-live as well as increase your score, or can open up optional paths. Therefore, although HOTD is a rail shooter, it offers a certain amount of nonlinear gameplay. Some of the directions you can alter are quite obvious, while others are hidden behind trapdoors. Also bonus-gems (why these had to be frogs only SEGA will know) can be found hidden within the game.
I hate shooters. Especially FPS's. Perhaps it's really not my kind of game, on the other hand maybe perhaps I am just hopeless at them ;-). But in some sick way I enjoyed HOTD for the 4 hours it lasted. Most probably because you can toggle the settings in such a way that it makes the game easier :-) And that is the problem with this game in my opinion: I think it won't be suitable for hardcore shooter-fans out there due to limited gameplay and weapons.
On the other hand I cannot think of anybody else for whom it might be suitable. But if you (like myself two days ago) just want to 'let off steam', lack classics like Space Invaders, and you are not too sensitive about "bloody" gameplay, you may want to try HOTD.
If you want a rail shooter with a more varied and longer gameplay, try the sequel The House of the Dead 2 instead. Recommended, but with reservations.
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Comments and reviews
venom 2019-06-16 1 point
it is not running on 64 bit windows 10 system type asking for cd for installation.....what to do...please help..
G 2019-05-03 0 point
Well....It's quite apparent I can't get it to run on Windows 10. Meaning I'll have to get lucky enough to find the games files.
XD24 2019-04-27 -2 points
Ppl listen... First end the process of explorer.exe, then run the game exe.
Copy the following code and paste it in notepad.
taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
Now save the file as .bat. Its done, now paste this file in the House of Dead game folder. Double click that bat. Game on.
Dogwood 2019-04-19 0 point
I can't seem to get this game running on Windows 10. Keeps telling me that it's an unsupported 16 bit application. How do I get this to work, is it at all possible?
chintu 2019-03-20 1 point
it is my favorite game which i used to at my small time and i won nearly 50 time my favourite is killing spider
Gamer Mat 2018-12-16 -1 point
The color was so weird and there was no music but the good thing is that i played the game
Bain 2018-11-08 0 point
So I downloaded VCD and it recognized the ISO to mount it but I'm unable to play the .exe because it says that the game CD needs to be inserted into the disc drive. Any help? Thanks
sufiyan alam 2018-10-24 1 point
it was my first game when i were kid .... it was my most favorite game in that time ....but now when i played the game i feel better because its memories was awesome
OOFFFF 2018-10-16 0 point
I've only played this game in arcade machines, UNTIL i thought it was a waste of money, so i looked up downloads and here they are!
helper11 2018-09-12 1 point
In the rip version there is thotd.exe . Right click it and choose create shortcut. Now Right click thotd.exe - shortcut and choose properties.
Go to the Target box and click in it.
Now move your cursor to the end of thotd.exe"
Press space bar once and then type -d3d -d3d_setup
So it should now read thotd.exe" -d3d -d3d_setup
Now just double click that thotd.exe shortcut and it will load .
Or you could just skip all that and double click on thotd3d.bat to load the game.
sam 2018-07-31 -1 point
magician's weak point is.......
between the legs and beneath the stomach..
not gonna say the word
Shoeb Shah 2018-07-10 -1 point
IT IS NOT WORKING ON MY PC I HAVE DOWNLOAD BOTH THE VERSCION ITS WORKING ON MY LAPTOP PLS HELP ME WHAT TO DO NEXT...?
Abalphi 2018-06-28 1 point
i am my favorite ggame is zombies im sega and realistic old graphycs media is game is good you site download game complete data ok
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