Criminal Girls marries interesting gaming concepts to some iffy gender politics. Its party of female convicts only take your commands as suggestions, so you must punish them to correct their vices as they escape towards reincarnation. A punishment system involves smacking, tickling, smearing oils, embarrassing clothes and stripping down to undergarments and stockings, as well as taking advantage of the Vita's touch screen.
After mentioning that the game will changed for its western release, NIS America has elaborated on the changes in a discussion with Silicon Era.
A key part of our localization philosophy is keeping games as true to the original as possible when we bring them to the West. Unfortunately due to rating issues and regional regulations, we sometimes have to work with our developers to make minor changes to game content.
These decisions are never made lightly, and whenever we do make them, it comes after working closely with the various rating boards as well as the developer . Making the changes necessary to release some of our more niche titles in the West is not, and never has been, an attempt at making the game more appealing to a larger audience. We know that censoring a game would lose just as many fans as it may potentially bring in.
For Criminal Girls, the changes the developer is making do not change any of the core game play mechanics. They are modifying the amount of fog that remains in some scenes as well as removing the Japanese audio from those same scenes.
Ultimately, our goal is to make games available to our fans in the West, and to keep those same games as close to their original as is possible. Regrettably, without changes, some games would not be able to be released here—as is the case with Criminal Girls: Invite Only.
We apologize for this situation and we hope that you will stand by us as we continue to bring as many creative, fun, and exciting products as we possibly can. Thank you for your support.