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The player controls Rick, a parapsychology student who was murdered by undead monsters on a visit to the West Mansion (Splatterhouse). Resurrected by the "Terror Mask," Rick must kill his way through an army of ghouls and demons in order to rescue his girlfriend.

Splatterhouse was produced by Namco in 1988.

Namco released 310 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Namco was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Namco during the time period Splatterhouse was produced include: Youkai Douchuuki, Wonder Momo, Shadowland, Quester, Pac-Mania, Alice In Wonderland, Assault Plus, Baraduke 2, Beraboh Man, and Face Off


Name Splatterhouse
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9728
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Namco System 1 - JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Attack|Jump
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Splatterhouse Instructions Image
PCB Splatterhouse PCB Image

Game Introduction

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 scuffle. Then, a scream. And suddenly Jennifer was gone. Rick's unconscious body was covered with blood. Hours later, Rick awoke to a fantastic horror-He was alone and drenched with blood. But, the most terrifying thing of all was that a hideous mask covered his face. He had read tales of this "Terror Mask" in Dr. West's writings-it was said to have ancient spiritual powers. As his only hope, Rick must depend on this mask to give him the strength and courage to find Jennifer.

Splatterhouse KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.69 (9 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.01

Overall Like 4.13
Fun (Social) 3.13
Fun (Solo) 4.13
Collector Desire 4.25

Technical Rating: 3.71

Gameplay 4.50
Graphics 3.89
Originality 4.13
Sound/Music 3.13

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

There is a secret move called the "slide kick," but it is hard to pull off. Jump forward into the air, then press diagonally Down+Jump+Kick. Rick will slide forward for a short time, killing anything in his path. Also, if you see another weapon that you want to carry, pick it up. You will drop your current weapon, but a "foot" or so in front of you. Repeat this process to move both weapons forward along with you. This is helpful with the two shotguns in the "chainsaw man" level.

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The character in the game may look like Jason Voorhees from the Friday The 13th movies, but he is just a college student who is fighting for his life. The "Hell Mask", despite looking like a hockey mask, is intended to be an Aztec sacrificial mask, like the one in the anime/manga "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure." Also, supposedly this is the mansion of Dr. Herbert West, H.P. Lovecraft's "Reanimator."

This game was ported to a few consoles including the NEC PC-Engine, Turbo-Grafix 16 and, later, Fujitsu's Marty. The sequels, "Splatterhouse II" and "Splatterhouse III", were released only on the Megadrive. Namco also released a SD (Super Deformed) version for the Famicom.

Cabinet Information

The side art shows Rick chopping a monster.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Splatterhouse Census

There are 14,836 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,889 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 83 known instances of this machine owned by Splatterhouse collectors who are active members. Of these, 5 of them are original dedicated machines. 11 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 67 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Splatterhouse machine for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a Splatterhouse circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 8 active VAPS members currently looking for Splatterhouse. There are 4 active VAPS members looking for Splatterhouse boards sets.

This game ranks a 17 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 18 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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