Arcade Horrors Part Three: House of the Dead

In the realm of arcade games, there's a special place reserved for titles that combine horror, hilarity, and a whole lot of zombie-slaying action. That place is known as "House of the Dead," a series that has been turning unsuspecting arcade-goers into zombie hunters for decades. Let's step into the world of relentless undead and outlandish narratives that is House of the Dead.


Picture yourself strolling through a dimly lit arcade, the cacophony of bleeps and blips echoing around you. Suddenly, you spot it – a massive, blood-splattered arcade cabinet with a pair of oversized plastic pistols beckoning you. You can't resist. As you approach, you see the words "House of the Dead" glowing ominously on the marquee, and you know you're in for an unforgettable ride...

Since debuting in 1996, Sega's classic Zombie shooter has been keeping video games players entertained for multiple decades - a testament to its timeless gameplay, arresting visuals, and incomparable voice acting!

House of the Dead doesn't waste time on elaborate storytelling. Instead, it throws you headfirst into a B-movie zombie apocalypse. You play as one of several characters, each with their unique personality (if you can call it that), and your mission is simple: shoot every zombie, mutant, and abomination that gets in your way. And oh boy, there are a lot of them.

The gameplay in House of the Dead is delightfully straightforward. You point your plastic pistol at the screen, aim, and fire. Headshots are your friend, as they dispatch zombies in spectacularly gory fashion. And let's not forget the iconic voice acting, which is so deliciously cheesy that it's impossible not to crack a smile when your character shouts lines like "Don't come! Don't come!"

House of the Dead is not just about shooting zombies; it's about shooting them in the most over-the-top, cinematic way possible. You'll take on hordes of undead in locales ranging from creepy mansions to abandoned laboratories, all while dodging obstacles, collecting power-ups, and saving civilians. Yes, because even in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, you're morally obligated to rescue bystanders who seem shockingly calm given the circumstances.

The series is also known for its absurdly epic boss battles. You'll face off against grotesque monstrosities that could only have been dreamed up by the wildest of B-movie directors. These battles are a mix of intense shootouts and quick-time events that have you frantically tapping buttons to avoid becoming zombie chow.

And then there's the charmingly laughable plot. It's a tale of mad scientists, bioengineered monstrosities, and conspiracies that make X-Files episodes seem tame. If you're playing House of the Dead for the narrative, you're doing it wrong. You're here for the zombie-blasting action and the sheer absurdity of it all.

And thats why we love it!

House of the Dead is a series that thrives on its blend of campy horror, cinematic shootouts, and hilarious voice acting. Weather you're playing the original game or the latest (Part 5 "Scarlet Dawn") you can be sure you're in for a riot of a time. 

It's the kind of game that doesn't take itself seriously, and that's precisely why it's so much fun. So, next time you find yourself at Arcade Club, don't hesitate to grab those plastic pistols, brace yourself for the zombie apocalypse, and remember to shout "Don't come!" with all the conviction you can muster.

House of the Dead at Arcade Club