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The House of Dead (死者の家 Shisha no ie?) is an incomplete, prototype version of the 1996 rail shooting arcade game The House of the Dead. The ROM was submitted to MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) on September 6, 2018.[1] It is currently unknown when the prototype was originally created.

The prototype only has two of the four levels, along with audio and visual elements that were changed or removed in the final release.


Attract mode

Prototype Final Description
HODProtoIntro HODFinalIntro The prototype's introduction is less elaborate than the final version's; the camera slowly pans to the Curien Mansion and travels to the front door, where a creature (Sam) swipes the screen. The final introduction shows more characters and creatures, and also has sound effects and dialogue.
HODProtoTitleScreen HODTitleScreenFinal As previously mentioned, the prototype was named The House of Dead instead of The House of the Dead. In addition, its logo lacked the creature hand and Thomas Rogan's silhouette.
HODProtoGameRules HODFinalGameRules In the prototype's game rules attract screen, the DBR researcher and the Cyril creature have different and slower walk animations, making the scene run longer. Cyril also lacks an idle animation, as he is completely still when the camera focuses on him.

Chapter 1: Tragedy

Prototype Final Description
Chariot prototype Chariot Chariot was originally named after Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, madness, and fertility. His weak point diagram also has more color than in the final version.

Chapter 2: Revenge

Prototype Final Description
Hangedman prototype Handgedman Hangedman was originally named Devilon, which is now used for the bat creatures found in the House of the Dead series. His type number also was changed from 16 to 041. Like Chariot, Hangedman's weak point diagram originally had more color. The label "Weak Point" was also originally "Shield Wing".


Rendered models



  1. Kori-Maru (September 7th, 2018). "The House of the Dead Prototype Discovered After 21 Years". SegaBits.
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Main series The House of the Dead (remake) · 2 · III · 4 (Special) · Scarlet Dawn
Spin-offs Zombie Revenge · The Typing of the Dead (2 · Overkill) · The Pinball of the Dead · English of the Dead · The House of the Dead: Overkill (Extended Cut) · EX · Darts of the Dead · Scarlet Dawn (Battle Genesis · THE ATTRACTION)
Prototypes The House of the Dead (arcade prototype · Sega Saturn prototype) · 2 (Original Sin prototype) · Scarlet Dawn (location test builds)
Compilations 2 & 3 Return
Mobile games Mobile · Nightmare · Zombie Utsu: Flick of the Dead · Overkill: The Lost Reels
Non-HOD games Vampire Night · Sega Golden Gun · Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing
Developers Sega · Namco · Forever Entertainment · MegaPixel Studio · TA Publishing
Staff Takashi Oda · Benjamin Anseaume · Zbigniew Dębicki
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