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Health is a general term for a major gameplay mechanic in the House of the Dead franchise and related games. It represents the player's "survival levels", and is often deducted by enemy attacks.

The health mechanic varies between games. In the main House of the Dead series, the spin-off Loving Deads: The House of the Dead EX, and the spiritual successor Vampire Night, lives are used; whereas in the arcade version of The House of the Dead 4 Special, Zombie Revenge and The House of the Dead: Overkill, a health bar is used instead.


A red life icon from House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn.

Health in the main House of the Dead series is chiefly referred to as lives. Life icons have traditionally been represented by lit torches or flames (in Vampire Night, it is represented by crosses). By default, the player starts with 3 lives, and usually can have a maximum of 5 (or 9 in some games). When the player takes damage from a creature, or shoots a civilian, a life is lost. When all have been lost, the player can choose to continue or end the game via time up (in The House of the Dead 4: Special, there are no continues for the arcade version).

Bonus lives can be earned by rescuing civilians, collecting first aid kits hidden in environments, or scoring a high grade (typically an A or S rank) at the end of a level. In The House of the Dead 2's Original Mode, the lives of the player can be extended by up to 5 extra lives, or the enabling of Infinite Credit will eliminate the need of lives in favor for free play.

Health bars

Health bars are a representation of player health found in the arcade version of The House of the Dead 4 Special, Zombie Revenge and The House of the Dead: Overkill.

veThe House of the Dead games
Main series The House of the Dead (Remake)2 (Remake)III4 (Special)Scarlet Dawn
Spin-offs Zombie RevengeThe Typing of the Dead (2Overkill)The Pinball of the DeadEnglish of the DeadEX slot machineThe House of the Dead: Overkill (Extended Cut)Loving DeadsDarts of the DeadScarlet Dawn (Battle GenesisTHE ATTRACTION)Reels
Prototypes The House of the Dead (arcade prototypeSega Saturn prototype)2 (Original Sin prototype)Scarlet Dawn (location test builds)
Compilations 2 & 3 Return
Mobile games MobileNightmareZombie Utsu: Flick of the DeadOverkill: The Lost Reels
Non-HOD games Vampire NightSega Golden GunSonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Gameplay mechanics Bonus itemsBranching pathsCiviliansHealthWeak points
Developers SegaSega AM1NamcoForever EntertainmentMegaPixel StudioTA Publishing
Staff Takashi OdaRikiya NakagawaBenjamin AnseaumeZbigniew Dębicki
Other content Hiiro SumomoReferences in popular cultureUnused content