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The logo for Splatterhouse.
Year introduced[[1988]]
Genre(s)Beat 'em up

Splatterhouse (スプラッターハウス Supurattāhausu?) is a series of five horror-themed beat 'em up games, that were released by Namco between 1988 and 2010. Their main character is the parapsychology student, Rick, who is always depicted as being hairless, wearing a green one-piece jumpsuit without any shoes, and having an ancient Aztec sacrificial mask (known as the "Terror Mask") covering his face; in the original arcade title, "Wanpaku Graffiti", and the Japanese version of "Part 2", this mask made him look somewhat like Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th movies - but in the U.S. version of "Part 2" and "Part 3", it did not.

  • Splatterhouse (Arcade, 1988): The original arcade title was released exclusively in Japan, and never made it to the United States due to its violent nature as well as some questionable enemies such as the fourth stage's boss (the inverted cross); as a result, it was the first arcade title to ever get a parental advisory disclaimer, four years before Midway Games's Mortal Kombat was released. When the game was converted to the TurboGrafx-16 in 1990, the colour of the Terror Mask was changed to red - and Evil Cross was also replaced by a giant blue floating head (named "Evil Sleep").
  • Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (Famicom, 1989): The second title in the series was also released exclusively for the Nintendo Family Computer in Japan, and had the characters drawn in "Super Deformed" style; "Wanpaku" is literally the Japanese word for "naughtiness", and it is so-called to go along with the SD theme. For this game only, the colour of Rick's jumpsuit was also changed from green to orange - and there was also no gore.
  • Splatterhouse: Part 2 (Sega Genesis, 1992): Despite its name, this is the third title in the series; it takes place three months after the events of the original, and was released in both Japan and the United States. For this game, the colour of Rick's jumpsuit was changed back to its original green, and gore was reintroduced to the series - but the Terror Mask was also redesigned to look like a grinning skull in the American version of the game.
  • Splatterhouse: Part 3 (Sega Genesis, 1995): Again, despite its name, this is the fourth and final title in the series; it takes place five years after the events of its predecessor, and was released in both Japan and the United States. For this game, the dimensions were changed from 2D to "2.5D" - and the Terror Mask was also redesigned to look more "demonic" for both versions of the game. This one also has four different ending sequences.
  • Splatterhouse (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iPhone, 2010): A fifth title for the series was released fifteen years after the last one, nine years after Rick had made a cameo appearance for Point Blank 3, and five years after the Terror Mask had appeared as an item for Namco x Capcom; the previous titles in the series, with the exception of "Wanpaku Graffiti" (on account of that fact that it had no gore), were also included in it as unlockable extras.

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