Type-28, codenamed "Judgment" (ジャッジメント Jajjimento?), consisted of Zeal (ズィール Zīru?), a sentient imp-like creature who controlled Kuarl (クァール Ku~āru?), a headless, ax-wielding armored behemoth. They are collectively the first boss of The House of the Dead 2.

Zeal and Kuarl worked together in combat; the former flew erratically to ram into opponents while the latter, sporting impenetrable armor, attacked with a massive axe. The duo's weak point was Zeal.

Appearance

Kuarl is a headless, armored giant with a massive, bloodied ax. Spikes protrude from its shoulders, wrists and knees. Defying logic, Kuarl can be heard moaning even though it lacks a mouth. The creature will lumber forward, raise its ax, and (with Zeal's cry of "Go, Kuarl!") hack at the player(s).

Like Hangedman from The House of the Dead, Zeal is a bat-human hybrid that speaks in a high-pitched voice; in contrast, Zeal is smaller and wears spiked armor similar to Kuarl's.

Being Judgment's weak point, Zeal's flight makes him an evasive target; both Kuarl and Zeal recoil if the latter is damaged. When Judgement is at low health, Kuarl dies, and Zeal will fly directly at players to attack.

History

The House of the Dead 2

Judgment was derived from geneticist Dr. Curien's mad research; after Curien's death in the 1998 Curien Mansion Incident, his financier Caleb Goldman developed Judgment and other creatures over the next two years. Goldman released them in a large, unnamed city on February 26th, 2000, scheming to decimate humanity and preserve the life cycle.

AMS dispatched agents to investigate. One of them, G, planned to meet partners James Taylor and Gary Stewart in a library, but was injured by Judgment. James and Gary confronted Zeal while driving, but the creature flew away. Later, Zeal appeared again, with Kuarl emerging by smashing two cars aside. Using the files given to them by G, James and Gary defeated Judgment; Zeal uttered Goldman's name before dying.

The agents encountered Judgment again while travelling to Goldman's headquarters; Zeal claimed Goldman gave them a "second chance." They were once more defeated.

Goldman's final creation, Emperor, could shape-shift into most of the game's bosses; among its transformations was Zeal, attempting to ram players.

The Pinball of the Dead

Judgment is the first boss in The Pinball of the Dead. Like in 2, this is a two-part fight. First, the player must attack Zeal while Kuarl moves around the screen, often protecting him. After several hits, Kuarl dies; Zeal will then move quickly around the screen, making him a more difficult target than before.

Gameplay

Overview

Judgment is two bosses in one: Kuarl, who lumbers toward players to attack with his axe; and Zeal, the duo's weak point who flies in the background. The latter is an evasive target, flying at progressively faster speeds while using Kuarl's armored body for protection. Shooting Kuarl inflicts chip damage, but only damage to Zeal will make Kuarl recoil and disrupt any attack in progress. At low health, Kuarl dies and Zeal will fight the player alone.

The pair is fought again in the fifth chapter, but their behavior does not change.

Phases

  1. Kuarl approaches the player at increasing speeds, performs an overhead axe attack at close range. Throughout the first part of the fight, Zeal flies around Kuarl at progressively increasing speeds. Shooting Zeal at any time will cause Kuarl to stagger and disrupt any attacks in progress.
  2. After Judgment loses roughly two-thirds of its health, Kuarl dies and Zeal will battle alone. Attempting to ram into the player, Zeal may perform three random flight patterns:
    • Zeal flies straight at the player while bobbing up and down.
    • Zeal flies diagonally at the player from the left side.
    • Zeal flies diagonally at the player from the right side.

These randomly-chosen attacks will continue until Zeal is killed.

Strategies

  • During the first phase, Kuarl and Zeal are briefly invulnerable to damage after the latter is shot.
  • Before Kuarl attacks, Zeal stops flying and will appear over Kuarl's shoulder--an easy opportunity shoot Zeal.
  • During the second phase, Zeal will fly around randomly in place each time after sustaining damage. Though difficult, it is possible to damage him during this animation.

The Typing of the Dead

In this spin-off, the player can only damage the boss through Zeal.

The first phase involves typing out the words/phrases shown under Zeal as he flies around the stage before Kuarl gets too close.

Once he does, they will be forced to take a hit with no way to cancel the ensuing attack.

For the second phase, they must do the same, only with Zeal's ramming; there is a 3 - 5 second break between attacks here for as long Zeal still has health.

Quotes


"I've already taken care of G. This is only the beginning. You're next. [Flies away] Get him!"

"[Laughs] Seems like my advice had no effect. Suffer, like G did."

"Sir Go-l-d..."

"Sir Goldman has given me a second chance. Don't even think you can get past me. Go Kuarl!"

Trivia

  • Ironically, the name Zeal is one of the seven heavenly virtues. It is also known as Diligence.
  • Zeal and Kuarl appear to be telepathically bonded.
  • As is the case with The Lovers and Nigel and Sebastian, the boss utilizes a "Brains" (The tiny Demon, Zeal) and "Muscle" (The giant, headless suit, Kuarl) type of style. Similarly, The "Brains" is the weak spot whereas the "Muscle" is completely impervious to attack. The same is applied to the second phase of the UDS-TP II fight from Zombie Revenge and to Rauoul from Vampire Night when he fights in vampire form.
  • Judgement strongly resembles the Chariot boss fight from the original House of the Dead, being the first boss of the game, and facing a hulking axe-carrying armored monster. Unlike Chariot, however, Kuarl cannot be stripped of his armor to attack him.
  • Kuarl and Zeal, like the other bosses, can be fought again in Boss Mode.
  • Zeal is one of the only creatures in the entire franchise to address his creator (in this case, Goldman) by name. The only other creature to do so is Star.
  • During Chapter 5, when Zeal attacks, his cackling sound effect was re-used as the cackling sound effect any time you defeat a Mil Lilly, an enemy in another popular SEGA game: Phantasy Star Online.

Gallery

The House of the Dead 2

Data

Screenshots

The House of the Dead III

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The Pinball of the Dead

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Characters
James TaylorGary StewartAmy CrystalHarry HarrisCaleb GoldmanGThomas RoganCivilians
Creatures
DavidSteveJohnnyKageoRandyEbitanBobMaxMickeyRyanKeithGregoryKenRickyPatrickPeterLanceFranklinEricMoowlDevilonBouereMurrerBuyoMofish
Bosses
JudgmentHierophantTowerStrengthMagicianEmperor
Chapters
A PreludeMuddyDarknessDespairDawnOriginal Sin
Spin-offs
English of the DeadThe Pinball of the DeadThe Typing of the Dead (Featuring Rakuten Minna no Shushoku Katsudou Nikki) • Zombie Utsu: Flick of the Dead
Other pages
Lore (AMSCityCaleb Goldman's headquarters)
Game modes (Boss ModeOriginal ModeTraining Mode)
Guidebooks (The House of the Dead 2 G's FileThe House of the Dead 2 Perfect Guide)
2 & 3 ReturnAction figuresOriginal SoundtrackOriginal Sin prototype
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