The game contains three tables, a "Challenge" mode based on the storyline of The House of the Dead 2, and a "Free Play" mode for playing any of the three tables. The bonuses on the tables involve such things as whacking creatures with the ball, collecting the letters of "House", and using the ball to defeat the bosses from The House of the Dead 2.
As with the rules of traditional pinball, the player has three balls (or lives, in House of the Dead tradition). Once all three balls are lost, the game is over and the player must start again from the beginning.
|The House of the Dead games|
|Main series||The House of the Dead (Arcade prototype · Sega Saturn prototype) · 2 (Original Sin prototype) · 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)|
|Compilations||2 & 3 Return|
|Mobile games||Mobile · Nightmare · Overkill: The Lost Reels|
|Non-HOD games||Vampire Night · Sega Golden Gun · Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing|
|Developers||Sega · Takashi Oda · Namco · Forever Entertainment · MegaPixel Studio · TA Publishing|