House Of The Dead
Developed by Sega and internationally released in 1997, The House of the Dead is a first-person shooter arcade game which challenges players to explore a ghoulish mansion grounds swarming with the monstrous creations of a mad scientist!
House of the Dead Synopsis
The plot of The House of the Dead is simple yet immensely entertaining; a mad scientist, Dr Roy Curien, has created an army of undead monsters within his mansion/research facility as a result of his maniacal obsession with discovering the true nature of life and death. AMS Agents Thomas Rogan and “G” have been tasked with storming Curien’s mansion, putting an end to his nefarious activities and rescuing Rogan’s fiancée, Sophie Richards, who is trapped within the mansion’s grounds. By using the arcade game’s light guns, players must fight their way through four chapters; each of which culminates in a boss battle against one of Dr Curien’s diabolical experiments. These chapters can be completed in single player or multiplayer mode with the option of playing as either AMS Agent Thomas Rogan or his partner Agent “G”.
House of the Dead description
Each player is equipped with a pistol with six rounds which can be reloaded by shooting the arcade game’s light guns off-screen. Players also start the game with five torches that serve as life points. These torches can be replenished via first aid packs which are hidden within various objects and crates that are scattered throughout the game. You can also receive first-aid packs as rewards from civilians whom you can save from being killed by zombies. However, a word of caution; accidentally shoot a civilian in your attempts to save them and you will lose a torch! If you endeavour to save as many civilians as possible and use a limited number of ‘Continues’ then you can discover secret rooms with specials bonuses and view better endings upon completing the game.
Equipped with your pistol, torches and AMS partner, you must clear each area of the mansion of its various zombies and monstrous bio-tech inhabitants. After you have defeated all of the monsters within a specific area you will be able to progress to the boss battle at the end of each chapter. Before these boss battles begin you will receive a notification outlining the name and type of each boss as well as helpful hints regarding their vital weak points! Complete all of the chapters and defeat all of the bosses to make it out of the mansion alive!
House of the Dead Violence Rating
Games within The House of the Dead gaming franchise have received PEGI Ratings of 16 years and older due to the fact that they feature images and cut scenes of humans being attacked and killed, as well as zombies and various monsters bleeding profusely, having their limbs severed and being killed. However, the stylised nature of this violence and the dated visual graphics of The House of the Dead 1997 arcade game substantially dilute the gruesome and fearful nature of this violence. Ultimately, although The House of the Dead is not deemed suitable for younger players, its content is of a far lighter nature than modern survival horror gaming franchises and as such this game is far less likely to scare or disturb seasoned fans of the zombie horror genre.
House of the Dead Verdict
Spawning multiple sequels and prequels across various platforms as well as a feature film, The House of the Dead is an internationally renowned franchise which has proved immensely popular amongst fans of first person shooters and survival horror games. Although The House of the Dead is only four chapters long and its graphics can appear somewhat unpolished in retrospect, it is an incredibly enjoyable game both in single player and multiplayer mode with substantial replay value.
In fact, one of the most enjoyable aspects of The House of the Dead is the ability to alter your own storyline depending upon the different courses of action you and your partner choose to take. Shooting doors and objects, the amount of ‘Continues’ you use and whether you decide to save, kill or accidentally shoot civilians will all impact the progression of the game and the particular ending that you witness. From receiving first aid packs from saved civilians and unlocking secret rooms full of lives and bonuses, to following different paths throughout the mansion’s grounds and sampling the different ‘good’ and ‘bad’ game endings, The House of the Dead offers players the freedom to explore the game as they choose. Will you stop Dr Curien? Will Sophie live or die? Or worse? There’s only one way to find out!
You could Own your own House of the Dead Arcade Machine
The House of the Dead Arcade Machine is a brilliant way to play an iconic Zombie Game. Even people who don’t normally play video games feel drawn to pick up a gun and start blasting those zombies as they loom towards you on the screen. The House of the Dead Arcade Machine itself makes a great entertainment feature in any number of venues proving popular at weddings, zombie parties, reunions, or just family get togethers where all the places round the scrabble board have been taken.
If you would like to enjoy the House of the Dead Arcade experience without leaving home, why not treat yourself to the original arcade machine. Fortunately, there are a number of companies out there who are selling these machines at competitive prices, some in original form and others that have been reconditioned to an amazing standard.
House of the Dead 4 Deluxe Arcade Machine
- Latest in the series of Sega horror survival franchise
- Fully reconditioned
- Free Delivery GB*
- Length 55 inches
- Width 43 inches
- Height 77 inches More…
House of the Dead 4 Deluxe Arcade Machine
The House of the Dead 4 is the latest in the series of Sega’s hugely successful House of the Dead horror survival franchise, spanning 4 arcade games, console ports and even a movie adaptation.
House of the Dead 4 brings even more zombies for you to meet and greet. As a government agent you are investigating the “Goldman Incident”. An accident leaves you underground and fasting a huge number of zombies. Needless to say, you must escape as quickly as you can.
- 2 player
- Deluxe screen
- Sega’s new Lindbergh Hardware System delivers graphics and sound approaching motion picture quality
- A new weapon – your main weapon is a modified version of a sub-machine gun
- New reload technique – a simple shake of your sub-machine gun delivers a new clip of rounds
- Hand Grenade
- Hand to hand combat – break free from a zombie’s clutches with a shake of your machine gun
- 21 different types of zombies + 3 kinds of mutant animals + 6 stage ending bosses
- 6 challenging stages with many player-selected routes
House of the Dead Midi Arcade Machine
- Quality Graphics & sound
- Fully reconditioned
- Shoot ’em up Zombie Arcade Game
- 2 Players
- Upright Cabinet
- Wanrranty Included More…
House of the Dead 4 Midi Arcade Machine
About the Game
Sometimes you can’t run… You can’t hide… You have to fight. This is one of those times.
In the year 2000, an evil genius known as Doctor Goldman led his army of undead in an attack agains humanity. Fortunately, he lost. You are an agent of a paramilitary force called AMS which was created by free world governments. Your mission is to stop the spread of terrorism and other global threats. The day has come when your duties include the pursuit of Doctor Goldman who went underground after his defeat. He is rebuilding his legions of zombies and somebody has to stop him.
- Game Features:
- Sega’s new Lindbergh hardware system delivers graphics and sound approaching motion picture quality
- Your main weapon is a modified version of a sub-machine gun
- Shake your sub-machine gun to deliver a new clip of rounds
- Hand grenade – push the button on the side of your sub-machine gun to fire a fragmentation grenade at the enemy
- Hand to hand combat – if a zombie gets hold of you, shake your sub-machine gun to break free
- a variety of zombies, mutant animals and 6 stage ending bosses stand between you and success
Dreamcast House of the Dead 2
- Near perfect arcade-to-home translation
- Multiplayer support with a second Dreamcast controller or light gun (sold separately)
- Exclusive levels developed only for the Dreamcast
- Multiple game paths
- Gameplay suffers without optional light gun accessory
The next best thing to playing the House of the Dead on an Arcade machine is the Sega Dreamcast. Purchase a light gun to go with it and its almost like your own House of the Dead Arcade game.
House of the Dead 2 does contain a pretty intriguing plot that moves beyond the simplistic point-and-shoot genre. In addition to the fast-moving action, there are several subplots that shed light on the darker secrets lurking within this eerie, zombie-infested environment. Gameplay can be set to accommodate several skill levels, including easy, medium, and hard game settings.
Dreamcast House of the Dead 2 Verdict
With the guns, this is an awesome game that is great practice for the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.
Wii House of the Dead 2 & 3
- Fan-favourite shooter gameplay
- Two player co-op option
- Vibrant Arcade Graphics
- Tutorial Videos
- Beginners & Experts
- Extra Content More…
The Wii brings you a fan-favorite shooter game. It takes full advantage of the unique controls of the Wii Zapper. Using co-operative gameplay, players can worl together to destroy the undead in several game modes. You will be amazed at the vibrant arcade graphics. The House of the Dead II and III return retains the rich arcade graphics that fans of the arcade machines love.
This game is suitable for the beginners or the experts. Tutorial Videos use gameplay footage to teach you special tricks from beginners through to advanced players. Unless of course, you are already prepared to meet those zombies head on?
Wii House of the Dead 2 & 3 Verdict
This game will bring those happy memories of playing arcade games flooding back. The plots and dialogue are nostalgic. The adventures and never ending swarm of zombies to shoot make it irresistible. It’s a classic. Enjoy!