Who are you? Nobody gives me instructions! I shall destroy everything!
Dr. Curien poured his heart and soul into the “person who stands on top of mankind” he created. However, “He” was born as a monster who did not follow any instructions. The fight to end this tragedy begins now.
10,000 Hi-Score Guide
Boss: Magician type 0
HP: 800 Weakness: Unknown
Before sealing himself in the mansion’s inner lab, Dr. Curien hinted at his “ultimate creation”, a creature that would take humanity to the next evolutionary level. Little is know about the Magician’s abilities, speed or size but past experiments should give agents some idea of the threat they face. Dr. Curien’s legacy must follow him to the grave!
Pattern of Attack
1. Magician throws an array of fireballs from his hands while spinning
2. Magician charges his left hand (He only turns around slightly) and
lets loose with a flaming slash .
3. Magician charges both of his hands with fire and then when fully
charged, Magician lets loose with a wide-ranged Force Wave Attack.
4. Magician repeats steps 1-3 until he loses enough health.
5. Magician then dashes three times and then charges at you. When he's
about to hit you, he then does a decking flame slash.
6. Magician will continue to do the Three-Dash Flame Slash until he YET
loses enough energy.
7. Magician will then once again throw an array of fireballs from his
hands while spinning around.
8. Again Magician will charge his left hand (he will only turn around
slightly) and follow that up with his flaming hand.
9. Now Magician gets desperate by charging both of his hands with fire
and when fully charged, he will toss a Fire Force Wave at you.
10. Magician repeats 7-9 until he loses enough energy.
11. Magician will then do his trademark flaming hand to attack at you again. Only this time Magician will be a lot faster.
12. If Magician is close to his death, then he will find a spot where
he can charge a high amount of raw, blistering droplets of fire.
Now he charges up (leaning down) and when he's fully charged, he
then unleashes the droplets of fire at the sky: Inferno Shower
13. Magician repeats his Inferno Shower Desperation Attack until he
Occurs after beating the game under 60,000 pts with no continues with Sophie not surviving the Curien Incident and becomes a zombie.
“I must complement you. I didn’t think you would make this far. However, this is it. Lets see how good you really are!”
Rogan and G succeeded in infiltrating the depths of the mansion to continue chasing Curien while struggling though a maze-like structure. They’ve managed to reach Curien, however….
10,000 Hi-Score Guide
Boss: Hermit type 6803
HP: 160 Weakness: The Head
While the mansion’s surface dwelling creatures are lethal enough, the building’s extensive sewer system hides this evil arachnid. The Hermit was one of Dr. Curien’s first successful experiments and as such has been allowed to survive by acting as the guardian to the company’s inner laboratory. A toughened shell and lethal venom coupled with creature’s surprising speed make this abomination a Class One threat. There is a pattern of attacking with nails as it approaches closer and webs when it rotates it’s body, but in any case, the weak point is the head.
Patterns of Attack
1. Hermit will try to get close to you and bite or scratch you if he gets
too close. It doesn't guard its weak point from this point so try to
shoot at Hermit as much as you can.
2. When Hermit loses enough energy, it will escape. You will continue to
3. If Hermit is too far from you, it will then throw its spider vomit
at you. The Spider Vomit Balls can be nullified.
4. Hermit will try to scratch or bite you but this time around he will
guard his weak point with his arms and legs so be sure that you make
your marksmanship skills count by shooting Hermit's Weak Point.
5. Hermit repeats steps 4 and 5 until it dies.
With revenge on Dr. Curien in mind, Rogan and G proceed further into the mansion filled with atrocious creatures. The story truly begins when the agents fight against a slither monster that will not allow them to enter into the deepest part of the mansion in order to achieve Rogan’s personal grudge.
10,000 Hi-Score Guide
Boss: HangedMan type 041
HP:800 Weakness: The Body
Dr. Curien’s imaginative use of the Bioreactor seems to know no bounds. The Hangedman is thought to be a unique bat/human hybrid as evidence by its wingspan, nocturnal dwelling and hyper sonic navigational abilities. AMS Intelligence Division have observed the Hangedman during night flights and noted a “cloud of vampire bats” shrouding this monster. Its weak point is the whole body other than the wings, but even if you play alone, you can not cancel the attack unless you fire several shots. Like normal enemies, you can get high points by shooting its head.
Patterns of Attack (End of Stage 2)
1. Hangedman will throw bats at you. You can either shoot the bats for
a higher score or rapidly fire bullets on Hangedman while he's wide
2. When he loses enough health and/or loses all of his bats, he will
then deck you with a charging scratch.
3. Hangedman will travel in a pattern that will make it difficult to
shoot on his chest and then will try to deck you with
a Charging Scratch.
4. Hangedman repeats step 3 until he's near-death.
5. When he's near-death, Hangedman will try to drag you out of the
roof, but you are able to survive the fall.
6. Now Hangedman will try to charge at you.
7. Hangedman will now do Step 3 once again until he dies.
The first stage depicts everything from the agents arriving towards the mansion to the tragic reunion with Sophie, which is the highlight of the tragedy. It’s a deep area where there are a lot of branch routes and it is not possible to grasp the whole scene by playing once or twice.
10,000 Hi-Score Guide
Boss: Chariot type 27
HP: 480 Weakness: Chest
Originally designed to act as Dr. Curien’s personal bodyguard, the creature know as Chariot is an unstoppable powerhouse. Chemically treated skin has been enhanced with high tensile steel, acting as an impenetrable armored shell. Chariot’s speed and strength are devastating when combined with his razor-sharp battle staff. It’s weak point is the damaged part of the armor on the right chest, which seems to have been the result of a fierce death battle by a previously infiltrated agent.
Patterns of Attack (This applies to both Chapters 1 and 4)
1. Chariot will try to get close to you and swing his axe to prevent
you from slamming him at his weak point. If he's close enough, you
will feel the unwelcome touch of his axe.
2. If Chariot takes too many hits at his chest, he'll try to lean down
for a while to block any shots that would land at nothing but his
3. Chariot will repeat step 1 until he loses even more energy.
4. If Chariot loses more energy right after he repeats Step 1, then he
will lose his armor.
5. Chariot is defenseless so he tries to punch you in the face in spite
of his slow movements. He'll try to land a punch at you and he'll
keep on trying until he's defeated.
In a recent interview uploaded on SEGA Interactive’s official website, the company interviewed The House of the Dead series director, Takashi Oda, on his life history as a junior high school student before having a career at SEGA in Japan.
The interview goes further in depth on his time developing The House of the Dead series with he and his team at AM1 were task to create a gun shooting game with horror taste after the success of Virtua Cop, his reaction to the location test version with the rejected blow back gun system, and the proposal on making The House of the Dead 5 back in 2012 before House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn was in development.
The few interesting tidbits within the interview is that Oda-san would love to continue making at least 3 more House of the Dead titles in the future, including a House of the Dead FPS to give players enough freedom to walk around stages if there was enough demand. You can read the full interview with Google Translate. What are your initial thoughts on the interview and the future of the House of the Dead series? I think HOTD FPS would be a good concept if it focuses on the aspects of virtual reality.
Forever Entertainment, the Polish publisher that has collaborated with SEGA with rebooting other classic titles such as Panzar Dragoon, will be remaking The House of the Dead 1 & 2 with MegaPixel Studio as the developer for the games and will be true to the original games’ storyline with some graphical differences and tweaked game play to bring them to modern day gaming.
The House of the Dead 1 & 2 Remake is targeting a release window of 2020 with no console announcement just yet. Since the House of the Dead games are rail shooters, where players are AMS agents destroying abominable creatures in their path, it may have a release on the Nintendo Switch.
What are your initial thoughts on The House of the Dead 1 & 2 being remade from the ground up? Would you have also like to see the games ported to modern consoles in it’s original format by SEGA & M2? Feel free to leave a comment below!
Celebrating Valentine’s Day, the SEGA Heroes social media team has announced that the mad scientist behind the research of life and death from The House of the Dead, Dr. Curien, is now available to play as in the SEGA Heroes mobile game. Currently, Dr. Curien can be unlocked through the “Vroom Vroom! Event by earning trophies to increase your overall rank between 1-200 players.
SEGA Heroes is available now on iOS and Android devices for free!
We’ll update with more info later on with game play footage. For now here are some in-game screenshots featuring Dr. Curien. Continue reading →
The official SEGA Shop site, where you can buy SEGA merchandise online to ship to your door, now has added The House of the Dead to their merchandise line up available for purchase. The collection features T-shirts, hoodies, phone cases, notebooks and many more. If your a HotD Collector, this website is the right place for you.
However, these items ship only to the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru. No word on other territories such as the United Kingdom or Japan.
AndyGeezerServices had released pictures and footage of the prototype version of The House of the Dead on the internet after 21 years. This prototype features two playable levels and tons of unused content such as a different introduction, dialogue, animation, and sound effects (which one of them happens to be the “Reload!” sound from the Virtua Cop series). AndyGeezerServices submitted the prototype to MAME and we hope it’ll be open to the public for newer discoveries to come. UPDATE: Hit the jump for a boss fight demonstration from KawaiiYinYangContinue reading →
Egregiousguy is one dedicated House of the Dead fan as he made several different mods to the original arcade version of The House of the Dead for the SEGA Model 2. He has managed to find ways to tinker around a few files from texture replacement to changing gameplay mechanics, these mods show the possibility for SEGA to work on updated version of The House of the Dead arcade port to modern consoles without the original source codes. Imagine a headless or dodging modes if the game was a part of another House of the Dead collection to add more replay value. If you would like to see more HotD modding videos, be sure to hit the jump. Continue reading →