The House of the Dead 4: Special is a two-player arcade attraction based on The House of the Dead 4 released in 2006. It was also released for the Playstation 3 as an unlockable within House of the Dead 4 when the normal game is completed.
Players enter an enclosed room, sit down, and buckle up. The game makes use of two 100-inch screens, one in front of the players and another behind, as well as a five-speaker sound system, giving the impression that enemies are attacking from all directions. The seat shakes when zombies attack, and players are blasted with air whenever they take on damage. The seat automatically rotates to face the players towards whichever screen zombies are attacking from. The game also features a new addition of a life bar. As the players are hit the life bar diminishes. If the life bar is reduced to zero the game is over, as there are no continues. In the end the players are judged on how compatible they are based on performance alone.
In the Playstation 3 version of the game, continues are available while the compatibility aspect is absent.
This game features a side story in The House of the Dead plotline, taking place shortly after The House of the Dead 4. Kate Green is wandering in Point A0063, acting on her promise to James to keep fighting as long as she still had hope. She encounters G and teams up with him to destroy the zombie infestation at its source. They fight against the zombie infestation in the city before encountering Justice for the second time in a destroyed parking lot, and venture through a lab that resembles the prologue and final level of House of the Dead 3. In the core, they are welcomed by a barrage of flames revealing a resurrected Magician Type 0, who returns after having been obliterated in two previous installments. He recognizes and welcomes the AMS agents, eager for revenge for the pain he has had to endure.
When the Magician is defeated, a Pandora's Box appears before him. The player must destroy the Pandora's Box with a grenade in a small time frame.
- If the player succeeds, the Magician is defeated, lamenting that nothing will erase his pain before he explodes. Either Kate says that someone dear to her was taken from her, and knows her fair share of pain, or G tells the Magician he'll put him out of his misery. As they leave, G tells Kate the fight is about to begin.
- If the players fail, the Magician succeeds in opening Pandora's box, and several capsules containing clones of him are shown. G asks "Who's Next?" as the Magician laughs and starts to glow, leaving Kate and G's fates unknown. The words "BAD END" appear on the screen.
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