I picked up Deathsmiles ages ago when it was in the GAME administration sale and I didn’t pay much attention to what it was. It had an anime style cover and so I assumed it was some sort of anime RPG. It’s not.
The front cover is a gothic anime scene with 4 girls holding weapons. The game is actually more of an arcade (side-scrolling) shooter.
It wasn’t until part way through the game that I felt the story was partly explained and it’s not until the end that I realised it was another world. It wasn’t really fully explained.
There are two endings for each character which is good, although I wish I’d done them the other way around for the character I played as. I won’t give away the endings, but I did feel almost bad ending the game when I knew the character had been happier the first time around with the other ending.
There are various modes. They all seem to be the same! I have read that some modes are faster than others but I can’t say I could tell any difference.
Once you’ve selected a mode you can select a character. There are 4 characters, all girls age 11-17.
Once you’ve selected the character you can go to the levels where you can choose to play rank level 1, 2 or 3. Overall there are 9 levels and it took me around 45 minutes to complete them all (that’s 45 minutes total, not for each level). If you’re looking for a long game this is not it.
The game is in an arcade style. The controls are simple which is good. All characters fire the same so you don’t need to learn different controls for each person. They have also tried to vary the levels, which is good as the main idea of the game is quite repetitive.
With the deluxe version you get two other disks. One is the soundtrack and the other says desktop accessory.
Most of the audio is the shooting noise and the soundtrack in the background.
The soundtrack suits the title/evil fantasy type game that it is, but I find it annoying and don’t know why anyone would want the soundtrack on a disk.
The graphics are in anime style. They are rather average really. Certainly not as good as you’d expect looking at the game cover.
You can pick this up for around £13 new off Amazon and £5 used.
Overall I had trouble rating this game. It wasn’t what I expected it to be and it really wasn’t as fun as I’d expect that type of game to be. I’ve played other similar games that have been more fun. It was a short, average game so in the end I’ve given it 3 stars. If you really like side scrolling anime style games you may like this, but if you’re looking for an anime RPG then look elsewhere.