• Publisher: Cave
  • Release Date: Jul 7, 2011
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 80
    One of Cave's finest moments loses surprisingly little in its move to the iPhone, with excellent controls and plenty of extras.
  2. Aug 1, 2011
    90
    Just about the only flaw I have found with Deathsmiles isn't something that's the fault of the game itself, but rather it's an inherent problem due to actually controlling the game right on the touch screen.
  3. Jul 28, 2011
    90
    Deathsmiles is another masterpiece created by Cave: funny and full of action, with RPG elements in iPhone Mode, it could be considered as one of the definitive shot'em ups, of course alongside Espgaluda 2 and Dodonpachi Resurrection.
  4. Jul 26, 2011
    90
    It's just a fantastic and well-made game, pure and simple.
  5. 75
    Deathsmiles is a quality shooter for iPhone. With expertly mastered gameplay and oldskool - yet most endearing - graphics, this game emerges as a great surprise for fans of the genre.
  6. Jul 8, 2011
    90
    Deathsmiles mixes up the formula to drag in bullet-hell fans and lowers the barrier to entry to encourage newbies. Everyone with a passing interest should try out this smart, compulsive and thrilling blaster.
  7. Jul 7, 2011
    80
    Die hard CAVE fans will have no doubt already picked the game up as soon as they saw it arrive on the App Store. For anyone else interested in horizontal shooters with huge boss characters and cute, anime style Angels, Deathsmiles is Bullet Hell from heaven.
  8. Jul 7, 2011
    75
    Even if you already bought Deathsmiles for the Xbox 360, there are still reasons to grab this version as well.
  9. Jul 7, 2011
    80
    Deathsmiles is Cave's most successful iOS port yet, however, and while hardened bullet hell veterans will find the difficulty level far too low for their personal liking, this is the perfect game to sit around on an iDevice for occasional high-score runs.
  10. Jul 6, 2011
    90
    A thrilling ride from beginning to end. Its crazy japanese visual style combined with a mash up of rock and techno music (including a cameo from tubular bells) is a joy to behold. Combine that with intense shooter action, item upgrades, a bizarre storyline, and multiple endings, and you have one of the best shooters on the AppStore.

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