Michibiku's Jenni Lada writes, "Deathsmiles is a shoot-’em-up with hidden depths. Of course it has a story; most games in this genre do, even if they don’t put much weight into them. But what’s surprising is how much heft is put into this particular entry. This isn’t only about helping four magic-wielding, teenaged girls defend their new home. It’s about them deciding if they’re going to accept their new roles and the responsibility that comes from growing up or regressing and returning to the lives they’ve left behind."