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The House of the Dead: Nightmare (死者の家:悪夢, Shisha no ie: Akumu?) is a horror-themed mobile game developed by Sega. It is an adaptation of the 1996 rail shooter The House of the Dead with several changes to the story and gameplay. The game's official release date remains unknown.


Main article: The House of the Dead (1996 video game)#Plot

Nightmare features much of the same storyline as the original game, with AMS agent Thomas Rogan investigating the Curien Mansion for disappearances of DBR Corporation research staff, including his fiancée Sophie Richards.

However, there are several deviations from the story. The opening sequence involves Rogan having a nightmare, only to be awoken by a phone call ordering him to investigate the mansion. Rogan's partner G is absent from gameplay, and the enemies are erroneously called "zombies" instead of creatures.




AMS agent Thomas Rogan killing a creature, while another is attacking a civilian.

Nightmare deviates from the original 1996 game by being set from a top-down perspective. The player, as Thomas Rogan, must navigate 4 stages. Each stage tasks the player with fighting creatures, rescuing DBR researchers, and ultimately defeating a boss.

Rogan moves through the world on a predefined path; the player can only control his aim, with Rogan firing automatically whenever an enemy or destructible object is in his line of fire (represented by a transparent cone appearing in front of him). Players can purchase more powerful weapons from a shop.

Like the original game, there are three possible endings -- normal, bad, and good -- that display depending on the player's performance.


Zach Murphy of QueueTimes gave the game a 4/5, praising its visuals and "skill-based [and] reactive" gameplay, which he saw as an interesting deviation from The House of the Dead's first-person perspective. However, he criticized elements that he felt were recycled from the Java version of Sega's The Club.[1]





  1. Murphy, Zach (October 23, 2019). "Classic Mobile Game Spotlight – The House of the Dead: Nightmare" (English). QueueTimes. Retrieved on August 7, 2020.
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