- Clever control-system; ‘lock-on’ adds new tactics for multiple situations.
- Five different characters to play; four from the original arcade and a new one for the iPhone mode.
- iPhone mode includes unlockable items and new game plus for some replay value.
- Movement controls ill-suited to the style of shooter; too easy to cover over multiple enemies requiring blind-firing.
- Relatively short campaign; requires a full play-through to unlock challenging difficulties.
Cute witches; huge amounts of firepower; and more complex attack patterns than you can shake a fist at - Deathsmiles lives up to the legacy from CAVE, but feels less at home on an iOS device.
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By now it’s hardly worth pointing out what genre the latest release from CAVE falls under, but for those who have missed out on their earlier titles, Deathsmiles is yet another shoot’em-up title, albeit a little different from the rest of the pack.
We’ve seen their bullet-hell titles, mostly in the form of vertical shooters and in one particularly amazing case a unique adventure-game style shooter, but this one takes a little side-step as it drops the bullet-hell and puts things (primarily) on a horizontal track. I say ‘drops the bullet-hell’ only on the basis that the attack patterns you’ll face are less about dodging complex patterns as they are about dodging huge attacks. It’s splitting hairs, but it presents a distinctly different challenge.
Whether you play the exclusive iPhone mode or jump in to the arcade mode you’ll take control of a cute witch, blasting her way through a series of enemies in order to seal away rampaging demons. Your weapon can be switched between two modes (a broad attack or a thin-focused one), though the ‘lock-on’ feature provides one of the more interesting mechanics as your attacks home-in on your target, blasting anything that gets in the way. This also provides you with the ability to shoot enemies above and below you, making the occasional shift to a ‘vertical’ shooter easier to manage.
Deathsmiles isn’t without some downsides though - the relatively large 2D sprites and the ability for enemies to appear from all sides of the screen makes moving the princess around with your finger a liability. Indicators help to point out when you’re facing the wrong direction for an attack, though far too often you’ll cover over enemies completely, meaning you have to shoot blind.
For those who already own the game on their 360, there’s some motivation to check out this version thanks to the exclusive mode that features some RPG elements (notably item collection to boost ‘stats’), but playing a game like this on a big screen with a controller has its distinct advantages as well.
Still, if you’ve been impressed with CAVE’s in the past it’s worth grabbing Deathsmiles for your iOS device. It may not be as well suited as some earlier releases, but it’s still a whole lot of fun if you enjoy the occasional shoot’em-up.
Description### CRITICAL ACCLAIM ###
"DeathSmiles is 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, joining it’s brothers and sisters from CAVE as the best of the best. "
"This shmup can be accessible to greenhorns, or a rock-hard mettle test for danmaku veterans, meaning fans and curious onlookers should both jump right in."
### DEATHSMILES ###
From the Xbox 360, to the iPhone, hit Gothic Horror Shooter “Deathsmiles” finally arrives on the iPhone and iPod touch! Once more, the Angels descend upon Gilverado!
● NEW GAME MODE + PRACTICE MODES ADDED!
In addition to the Arcade Version of “Deathsmiles”, Deathsmiles iPhone includes a Smartphone Mode with a new character and original story!
This mode is packed full of content sure to satisfy those who have played Deathsmiles before, and those who are just starting out. Practice Modes are also included for learning the stages!
● REVAMPED CHARACTER DESIGNS
● BRAND NEW MUSIC!
Brand new music for your quest through Gilverado!
Original Arcade BGM also included!
● POWER UP YOUR CHARACTER WITH EQUIPMENT AND ITEMS!
Players can power up their Princess by using equipment and items bought from “Sakura’s Shop”, as well as those dropped by enemies in stages throughout the game.
● COMPATIBLE WITH GAME CENTER
Rankings are included for each game mode and character!
Compete with players all over the world for high scores, and unlock achievements by completing in-game challenges!
Go for a full achievement list!
● MULTIPLE CONTROL SETTINGS
Several button layouts are available in the Options so that even beginners can handle complicated controls.
A GUINNESS-RECOGNIZED SHOOTER!
Beautiful graphics, complete with waves of bullets that fill the screen!
■ ABOUT DEATHSMILES
Deathsmiles is CAVE’s horizontal-scrolling shooter released to arcades in 2007. With its signature gothic horror setting and charismatic characters, Deathsmiles was ported to the Xbox 360 in Japan 2009, and released in North America via Aksys Games in 2010, and Europe via Rising Star Games in 2011.
### IMPORTANT ### : Please read the below before purchasing.
This game will only run on iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3rd Gen and later devices, as well as iPad (iOS4.3 and up). Other devices are incompatible.
※If you are unsure whether your device is compatible with the application, please download the LITE version and confirm that it works on your device.
※Since this application uses a significant amount of memory, it is possible that it will crash when device memory is low. If this happens, please consult our Support Page.
※Turning the expand/shrink accessibility function "ON" may interfere with in-game play.