5 out of 5
On rails shooter that marked a generation
The House of Dead is the definitive on rails shooter for the DOS platforms. It has an interesting, zombie infested story to tell, it uses many of the tricks that make fast paced, scary rail shooters fun, and it is highly replayable. Along with Virtua Cop it created interest and focus on this genre that was much more well seen in arcades. The style of gameplay is very simple. You will be moved automatically through each level, and your controls will be minimized in terms of interactivity options to aiming and recharging your pistols, shotguns, and other guns as well as ask of you to make sure you are never caught off-guard. From this respect, the spawning and the way the enemies corner you, the game would sure love to take you by surprise, but, at the same time, it also asks of you to stay on your feet and learn where the enemies will come from next. The high score and the simplicity of the design is what will make you return time and again to the game. With great graphics, reminiscent of early 3D but good enough, you will have a trip back in time, and an adventure to remember. I highly recommend you play this on rails jewel.
5 out of 5
Railshooter at its beginning
The House of the Dead if one of the few great light gun game ever released. In my opinion, this game is the best in the series, due to the fact that I have spent countless hours playing over and over again, and yes I agree that some of the later entries are much better, but this is just a matter of opinion. To be honest, I never really knew or even cared about the story of the game. The only thing I was interested in was trying to get better in the game, trying to obtain a perfect score. But if you want to know more about the story, you'd probably want to check it out on the internet. The gameplay is simple: ready your gun, mow down some monsters, every now and then save an innocent person from some monsters and finally fight the stage boss. The boss fights are well done, due to the fact that you're given a small hint about their weakpoints. The shooting part is also a lot of fun, but it requires some fast reflexes and if you're new to the game, being hit is inevitable. The graphics are quite good for its time, however I found the voice acting to be quite cheesy. But overall, The House of the Dead is a great light gun game. It was fun back then and it is still fun today.