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This is the first game in the The House of the Dead series. For other games in the series see the The House of the Dead category.

Box artwork for The House of the Dead.
Box artwork for The House of the Dead.
The House of the Dead
Developer(s)Wow Entertainment
Year released1996
System(s)Arcade, Sega Saturn, Windows
Followed byThe House of the Dead 2
SeriesThe House of the Dead
Genre(s)Light gun
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer, Co-op
Rating(s)ESRB MatureELSPA Ages 15+USK Ages 18+OFLC Mature
The House of the Dead: Remake
Japanese titleザ・ハウス・オブ・ザ・デッド:リメイク
Developer(s)MegaPixel Studio
Publisher(s)Forever Entertainment, Microids
Year released2022
System(s)Nintendo Switch, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PlayStation 5
Rating(s)CERO Ages 17 and upESRB MaturePEGI Ages 18+USK Ages 18+
LinksThe House of the Dead at PCGamingWikiThe House of the Dead ChannelSearchSearch

The House of the Dead is a first-person, light gun arcade game released in 1996 by Sega. Players assume the role of agents Thomas Rogan and "G" in their efforts to repel the dangerous, inhumane experiments of Dr. Curien, a madman.


AMS agents Thomas Rogan and G are sent on an assignment on December 18, 1998 to investigate a panicked phone call from Rogan's fiancée, Sophie Richards, and a series of disappearances at the Curien Mansion, home and laboratory of Dr. Curien, a biochemist and geneticist. Curien was obsessed with discovering the very nature of life and death, backed by the DBR Corporation and its scientists. The nature of the experiments, however, drove Dr. Curien insane, resulting in him releasing his experimental subjects into the world. Once they get there, a mortally wounded man gives them a small book showing all the bosses and their weak point. They use it every time they confront a boss.

Amidst the chaos wrought by Curien, Rogan and "G" face many formidable foes, including The Chariot, an undead warrior who knocks Sophie aside with his bardiche, The Hanged Man, a gargoyle-like creature with bat wings, ears and bandaged legs that takes Sophie back into the mansion at the start and killed two men in the courtyard, and The Hermit, a six-legged spider crab-like creature that spits balls of webbing, and the Magician, a demon monster that can fly and throw fire balls.

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