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The House of the Dead

Windows - 1998

Alt names HOD, ザ ハウス オブ ザ デッド
Year 1998
Platform Windows
Released in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Haunted House, Horror, Rail Shooter, Zombies
Publisher SEGA Europe Ltd.
Developer Sega AM1 R&D Division
Perspective 1st-Person
4.47 / 5 - 223 votes

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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 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

koushik karmakar 2019-06-25 0 point

this game very interasting for me and my friends

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..

aj 2019-06-06 -9 points

how to install this game

chase 2019-05-25 -2 points

how do get the music to work?

ariyan 2019-05-17 0 point

i think its better one..#1

nikos 2019-05-06 0 point

outstanding site for those great old games we miss. Thank you.

hari123 2019-05-05 0 point

very nice game my fav game my 90 s gme thnahu

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.

gujjar 2019-04-27 0 point

very nice

XD24 2019-04-27 -2 points

Ppl listen... First end the process of explorer.exe, then run the game exe.

Follow this-
Copy the following code and paste it in notepad.

taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
start 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.

robby 2019-04-21 0 point


aqeel wasti 2019-04-19 1 point

i like this website veryyyyyyyy much....

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

Dody 2019-02-19 1 point

I love this game so much

raghnild 2019-02-07 2 points

thats a great game (use the os on windows 95 98)

dumidu 2019-01-24 0 point

super game

dady 2019-01-21 1 point

How can I play the file? I do not understand the meaning

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

kuttu 2018-12-13 -6 points

will it work on win 10

ali 2018-12-06 0 point

i have played this game and its classic and as well as aeosome

mhgd 2018-11-28 0 point

very good and light game

titu 2018-11-27 0 point

i like to play this game

krish 2018-11-11 0 point

very good 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!

AYUSH 2018-10-15 0 point

I liked this game so much. Thanks to sega for these games

CTF 2018-09-15 -1 point

it works but there is no music and sometimes the sound also cuts off

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
Press ok

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.

GUAVSBOXER 2018-08-25 0 point


fshcvh 2018-08-22 -7 points

what an ediot game who had made it

terrorgert 2018-08-21 -2 points

how the fuck do i open it so i can play it

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


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

hamza 2018-05-21 1 point

that site is very easy

Chuck143 2018-03-28 1 point

The non ISO file won't work with DosBox or Wineskin on Mac.

awashnut 2018-03-08 0 point

what a great port from arcade to computer, sega always make great games

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