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Deathsmiles

Deathsmiles iPhone Main menu

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Description

Gilverado is a curious mystical kingdom of magic, monsters, and lost souls. Recently, overwhelming numbers of demonic creatures have appeared within the kingdom. Four young girls, taken from the human realm years before and raised as witches with incredible powers, have taken it upon themselves to find the source and put a stop to it.

Deathsmiles is a scrolling "bullet hell"-style shooter with a gothic horror theme. Choosing from one of four lolita-style girls, the player must blast their way through seven-plus stages. Unlike many games of this type, enemies appear from all directions, and the player is able to fire to both the left and right. Each character also has a companion familiar who will assist with special attacks, and there are also magic spells that act as screen-clearing bombs. There are multiple paths through the game, multiple difficulty levels for each stage, and numerous optional areas and secret bosses to challenge.

There are several game modes included. Arcade mode is a direct port of the original arcade release. Ver 1.1 Arrange mode adds the ability to directly control the familiars, and rearranges the stages. Xbox 360 mode features updated graphics, but is otherwise identical to Arcade mode. Lastly, Mega Black Mode (included with English releases, available as DLC in Japanese releases) adds a fifth playable character, a new stage and boss, and an additional extreme difficulty level. All modes can be played two-player simultaneous, including co-op over Xbox Live.

Screenshots

Deathsmiles iPhone Fighting the boss.
Deathsmiles iPhone Stage select
Deathsmiles iPhone A game in progress
Deathsmiles iPhone Gameplay with the character facing the other way.

Alternate Titles

  • "デススマイルズ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Le Geek Xbox 360 Feb, 2011 5 out of 5 100
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Sep 04, 2010 A- 91
Retro Spirit Games Xbox 360 Nov 02, 2013 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
GameSpot Xbox 360 Aug 02, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Mar 25, 2011 8 out of 10 80

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