Shoot zombies and save people! Shoot your way through a mansion filled with zombies, chainsaw-wielding undead and other creatures.
The House of the Dead is a rail shooter light gun game. Players use a light gun to aim and shoot at approaching zombies. The characters' pistols use magazines which hold 6 rounds; players reload by shooting away from the screen. A set of torches next to the magazine of each player represents remaining health. When a player sustains damage or shoots a civilian, one of their torches is removed. The player dies when all torches are lost. First-aid packs are available throughout the game which restore one torch. These are found either in the possession of civilians whom the player has rescued or inside breakable objects. Similarly, there are also special items located in breakable objects that will grant a bonus to whoever shoots it.
Other machines made by Sega during the time period House Of The Dead, The was produced include All Japan Pro Wrestling Featuring Virtua, Columns 97, Lost World: Jurassic Park, The, Motor Raid, Puzzle & Action: Treasure Hunt, Virtua Fighter 3 - The New Standard, DecAthlete, Golden Eye, Taisen Tanto-R 'Sasshissu!', and Daytona USA Special Edition.