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  • Summary: Enter the world of Gilverado, a kingdom plagued by hideous monsters and tortured souls. Choose from four angels with unique demonic familiars and battle against a storm of enemies pouring out of Hell’s gates! Fight your way out of tight spots as you are surrounded by enemy units and bullets from both sides of the screen. The unique left/right shooting mechanic of Deathsmiles will keep you on your toes as you dodge and weave through complex enemy fire, beautifully crafted by the modern masters of shmups, CAVE. [Aksys] Expand
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  1. Beneath all of the beautiful levels and endless bullets there is an emotional story, which is a bit surprising considering that most of the games in the genre don't have any. It's very melodramatic and reminiscent of a visual novel-style of storytelling - this Otaku's dream come true.
  2. Mar 7, 2011
    80
    Deathsmiles has plenty of love for the absurd and changes the shoot-em-up formula enough to delight and surprise you. The minimalistic focus on avatar movement and bullet streams invigorates the genre by bringing it back to its roots, and the deluxe package offers great bang for the bucks.
  3. Cave knows what it does and does it well. Fans won't be disappointed and if you want a hair-pulling challenge and can actually fathom what's happening on the screen in these bullet-hell shooters, you'll feel right at home.
  4. Apr 13, 2011
    80
    A classical game ported with love and a lot of good ideas. Heartily recommended to shoot'em up fans.
  5. Mar 9, 2011
    76
    A decent, fun and challenging shoot'em up, that is not the best one in the last years, neither the best one Cave has made, but is very welcomed considering the shortage of this kind of game.
  6. Mar 21, 2011
    73
    If you're an hardcore fan of Cave games, this is your game.
  7. As bare-boned as Deathsmiles is, playing through the game a couple times is entertaining.

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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. Expand