(Main series and Spin-offs)
Civilians (民間人 Minkan hito ) are minor characters found throughout the House of the Dead video game franchise. They are commonly attacked by enemies, and, if rescued by the player, will grant rewards.
Some civilians are playable via unlockable skins in The House of the Dead's Saturn Mode and The House of the Dead 2's Original Mode. However, these skins do not change any story or dialogue in the games.
- 1 Gameplay
- 2 Appearances
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Gallery
In The House of the Dead and its sequel, some civilians award an extra life if rescued; furthermore, saving enough civilians awards one or two more lives at the end of a level. Shooting a civilian also deducts one life.
In House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn, civilians only award points when rescued, and count as "Events" (completions of time-sensitive scenes) in the player's "stage result" tally. There is no life penalty for shooting civilians; the only feedback given is a giant "X" appearing over the civilian's body. In addition, rather than being tied to civilian rescues, the bonus room is activated if the player reaches the final area without using a continue.
Due to the collapse of civilization, civilians are absent from The House of the Dead III, 4, and 4 Special. III instead features "Rescue Events" where the player must save their partner from creatures. Doing so grants a life bonus; failure results in the captured player being attacked, though they do not lose a life. Successfully completing all "Rescue Events" opens the bonus room.
Zombie Revenge, a spin-off game, features only one civilian named Yoko. In the beginning of the game, the protagonists encounter her being attacked by zombies. Her survival or death determines the ending of the game.
In the first game, civilians are DBR Corporation researchers who worked for Dr. Curien. Many left him because of his inhumane experiments and obsession with curing his terminally ill son. Curien went mad, unleashing his test subjects upon the remaining team members.
Researchers in peril are found throughout the first three chapters. If rescued, a few give security cards to unlock different areas of the Curien Mansion and laboratory.
The residents of Bayou City, Louisiana serve as civilians in Overkill.
The civilian mechanic returns in Scarlet Dawn, but is handled differently. Civilians are party guests who are being attacked by creatures in Scarecrow Manor. They appear in the prologue chapter, as well as Chariot and Hangedman's levels. Saving civilians is worth bonus points and helps improve the player's ranking, but no lives can be earned, and there is no penalty when shooting them.
The spin-off features only one civilian: Yoko, a girl who can be rescued from zombies in the first chapter. Her boyfriend was killed by the undead. Regardless if she lives or dies, Yoko yields a collectible fIoppy disc; if saved, she explains that it was given to her by "a man with golden eyes".
Yoko's fate determines the game's ending. If rescued, she is shown in the same warehouse she was found in, waiting impatiently for ZED to pay her. If killed, Yoko is depicted feeding on something - presumably as a zombie - and the screen cuts to black as she turns her head toward the camera.
- In SEGA Superstars Tennis, a House of the Dead-themed minigame involves killing zombies with tennis balls to clear the path for civilians.
- The House of the Dead 2 is currently the only game in the franchise to include children as civilians.
The House of the Dead
The House of the Dead: Remake
The House of the Dead 2
SEGA Superstars Tennis
House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn