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. 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.
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.
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.
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
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
Hangedman was originally named Devilon, which is now used for the bat creatures found in the House of the Deadseries. 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".
Glitched render for Sindy's geometry discovered in The House of Dead's ROM.
Glitched render of Mr. G's geometry discovered in The House of Dead's ROM.