The House of the Dead is a light gun shooter developed by Sega AM1 for the Model 2 arcade hardware. The game is similar to one of Sega’s other titles such as Virtua Cop where players must shoot the enemy target and save as many innocent people as you can. However, the enemies are not human, their the undead created by a mad scientist who wishes to eliminate the human race. As an agent, you must stop him, blast away his evil creatures with your Sega Stunner and save as many scientist as you can, including the main protanganist’s girlfriend. The game also has a unique branching system where you can choose a path around the mansion depending on your choice. Remember not to go into the house… alone.
Japanese Arcade story
“The House of the Dead” is a terrifying and exciting shooting game in which you gun down living corpses in a house of horror. You are a special investigator sent to rescue a captured research worker, but in the course of your ordeal you’ll learn the secrets of the House whether you want to or not…
“On December 18, 1998, the most ghastly incident of this century occurred.
How will the plot unfold?
What will be the fate of the research worker and his fiancee Sophie?
Gun down all the creepy inhabitants as you try to unravel the puzzle!
But no fair covering your eyes!”
Chapter 1 – Tragedy
Chapter 2 – Revenge
Chapter 3 – Truth
Chapter 4 – The house of the dead
Creature Files: The House of the Dead
The House of the Dead Official Artwork
* Takashi Oda, the director of the House of the Dead series, never used the word “zombie” in his story but instead calls the enemies “creatures” as they were more created.
* The characters backstories were inspired by Osamu Tezuka’s manga “Black Jack”. The character Black Jack isn’t always moral. It allows the reader to draw their own conclusion of what is right or wrong. The story unfolds in such a way that characters have their own interpetion on what is good or evil, but there is no right answer. That is the story element used in the HOTD series.