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House of the Dead

Play the House of the Dead game online for free. The MAME emulator allows you to play House of the Dead directly in the browser.


MAME Emulator Controls

  • up arrow
  • down arrow
  • left arrow
  • right arrow
  • X
  • =
  • A
  • Z
  • =
  • B
  • A
  • =
  • L
  • D
  • =
  • R
  • Enterenter button
  • =
  • Start

  • Shiftenter
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  • Select

Play House of the Dead game online

Unfortunately, not all online emulators have 100% success emulation rate. If this game doesn't load for you you can try one of the alternative emulators below:

NeptunJS(current) | EmulatorJS

Overview of House of the Dead Gameplay

The House of the Dead is a first-person light gun arcade game established by Sega in 1996. Players embody the roles of agents Thomas Rogan or 'G' as they fight against hordes of biologically engineered undead creatures.

Game Mechanics

Similar to other games in the shooting genre, the principle of House of the Dead is to hit targets that appear on the screen. A light gun is provided for real-life aiming on arcades, but for home console versions, the game uses a reticle for aiming. The player's task is to massacre as many horrific zombies as possible while progressing through different levels.

Progressing Through Levels

The game plot is set out across various levels, known as "chapters" in the game. At the end of each chapter, players face off against a challenging boss monster. Crucial to their defeat is discovering their weak points and focusing attacks on them until they are destroyed. Additionally, branching paths are incorporated throughout the game, allowing players to take diverse routes through the levels.

Characters and Health

Players choose to play as one of the agents, each depicted with a health bar. The health bar decreases any time the player is hit or injured by an enemy. Players can regain health by successfully completing chapters or using first aid kits found throughout the game.

Saving Hostages

In addition to the objective of terminating zombies, players also have opportunities to rescue hostages throughout the game. Successfully rescuing these hostages may reward players with bonus points or health benefits.

Game End and Scoring

The game ends when the player's health bar is fully depleted or the full story mode is completed. Throughout the gameplay, points are awarded based on players' accuracy, hostages rescued, and the speed at which enemies are killed. The game ranks players at the end of each stage, based on their overall performance.