released on Oct 19, 2007
Deathsmiles is CAVE's bullet-hell shoot-'em-up where you take the role of one of five Angels to defend the magical land of Gilverado from an invasion by Hell itself! Eradicate this devilish assault!
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Pretty good shmup but like the character designs and ages they decided to go with for these characters gives it creeper vibes even though noting really bad is depicted in it.
While I hadn't heard of it until recently, this game has a reputation as a good entry point into the bullet hell genre. I'm not really a huge shmup fan, but I found this game to be an enjoyable experience. You play as one of four witches who move from left to right shooting everything in their paths with their familiars. The girls play mostly the same, with their bullet patterns being the main difference. The levels are very interesting visually, with the bosses in particular having some really great sprite work. I would agree that it is a good entry bullet hell game, not only are you given quite a few lives and infinite continues, but there really isn't a penalty for dying; when you use a continue it respawns you immediately right where you were. This means the game is actually really easy, if you just play it for long enough, you'll eventually reach the end, even if you die 100 times. The game itself is also pretty short, there's only about seven levels (plus a handful of completely optional ones). As for downsides, the game has a large amount of different modes... and zero description about what they do. They have names like "arcade mode", "version 1.1", "black mode", but there's no details about what they do, and I wasn't able to really figure it out myself. This game also runs at a very weird resolution. The gameplay is surrounded by a thick border, meaning the game isn't rendering at full screen. If you saw screenshots, you would probably guess this was a PS1 or Saturn game, but no, it was released in 2009 for the Xbox 360. I have no idea why the game isn't full HD and instead runs this way, it's very odd.
It's that time of the year again. And that means one thing; it's time to pour myself a glass of official, Cave-certified, limited-edition Windia piss and play a few credits of Deathsmiles.
I'm not a huge schmup guy but this game was perfect for a begginner like me. Its presentation and artsyle is fantastic. The characters are fun and diverse while still holding a pretty good challenge. I've played through it multiple times already and i'm sure i'll play through it again some more in the future.
One of the easiest CAVE shmup to 1CC. So, if you want to look cool in front of your friends, don't play this one and go play Ketsui.