User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41

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  1. Dec 30, 2010
    9
    If youre a fan of shoot-em-ups (or shmups)-hardcore or casual- you should definitely consider giving DeathSmiles a try. Multiple difficulties and variations of the core game, score multipliers, online play, gorgeous graphics, a great soundtrack, and different characters to choose from make this game a solid purchase. While I miss the "space shooters" of yesteryear like R-Type, U.N. Squadron, and Gradius, DeathSmiles proves that even with a strange storyline with young girls shooting stuff that the genre is still alive and kicking-still with fresh ideas to boot. Expand
  2. Apr 12, 2011
    9
    Cave's the best shmup developer ever, period. Their Death Smiles is another great bullet hell shooter with horizontal scrolling a la Progear, a gothic theme and some funny bosses to entertain you while you avoid thousands of bullets. The fact that this game managed to be published in the west is really wonderful, and I hope more great shooting games can be released in this market.
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Apr 13, 2011
    80
    A classical game ported with love and a lot of good ideas. Heartily recommended to shoot'em up fans.
  2. 80
    Accessible arcade fun with oodles of depth.
  3. 70
    It's all too rare that bullethell shooters see a release 'round these parts, and that's a shame. Luckily, Deathsmiles is a strong offering with unique visuals that is sure to please fans of the genre. Decent price, too.