A side-scrolling beat-em-up based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.


(as Mr. Yokoyama)


The place was called the West Mansion. But, to all who knew its legend, it was known as "Splatterhouse." It was once the home of the famed parapsychologist, Dr. West. There was a research lab in the house where Dr. West conducted some of his most gruesome experiments. It was even said that it was in this house that he created the most hideous creatures that ever walked the face of the Earth. But no one knew for sure. Dr. West had not been seen or heard from in years, and no one who has ever gone into the mansion has lived to tell the tale. Rick and his girlfriend, Jennifer, were parapsychology majors at the local university. They were both very interested in the works of Dr. West as he was the most famed parapsychologist in the world. One day, they decided to visit the abandoned West Mansion as part of a project they were working on in school. As they walked towards the house, it started to rain. They entered. All went dark. Lightning cracked through the sky. There was a frantic ... Written by Shawn Watson

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November 1988 (Japan)  »

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Supurattâhausu  »

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In the Japanese version of Splatterhouse, Rick, the main character, has a white mask. When the game came available in the United States, the U.S. creators changed the mask color from white to red so Rick won't resemble too much of the serial killer, Jason Voorhees, from the Friday the 13th (1980) films. See more »


Followed by Splatterhouse 3 (1993) See more »

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Play it in the arcade
14 July 2005 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Remember the movie Re-Animator, based on the short stories by HP Lovecraft? Remember the crazy Doctor Herbert West, played so wildly by Jeffrey Combs? Well it seems that Doctor West has been dabbling some more into bad science and has created an army of freaks and monsters. He's long since vanished but the monsters still live in his mansion. You play a college nerd called Rick Taylor who has to rescue his girl (a popular feature in beat-em-up games at the time) from this house of madness. Rick is aided in his mission by a special Aztec sacrificial mask which gives him superhuman strength and powers to go zombie-bashing.

Splatterhouse is a very hard game to across. Either you play the arcade machine (now very, very hard to find) or you buy a Turbo-Grafx PC Engine and get the home-console version, which is so horribly censored that it even deletes the cut-scenes. Thus making the game completely storyless.

Still, it's a cool-looking game and one can really tell where a lot of Resident Evil's influences came from. At one point in the game, the character of Rick walks through a giant vagina and battles evil foetuses. As a side-scrolling beat-em-up it's pretty weak. There's no real impact to the fighting and the controls feel somewhat sluggish.

Seriously, the Arcade is the only place to go if you want to have a go at Splatterhouse. The Turbo-Grafx version neuters the game to the point of no-fun-ism.

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