Criminal Girls: Invite Only
Developed by Imageepoch
Published by NIS America
*If you really are a Man, Do something about it!!!*
In Criminal Girls; You take control of a man whose sole purpose is to get a group of delinquent girls through a prison in hell in order to live again with the girls dying and going to hell before they even comitted any crimes however were they to live, they would have committed said crimes. You must guide them through hell by any means necessary in order to get a chance at redemption and living to breathe another day.
Criminal Girls plays like a cross between a dungeon crawler, RPG & Punishment Simulator with the game revolving around you guiding the small group of girls through the prison in a very familiar manner to dungeon crawling games like Pokemon Mystery Dungeon however the fight gameplay takes a very different turn with the game taking the form of a turn based RPG in which your girls will take turns to attack the enemies and feels very reminiscent of other turn based RPG’s like Final Fantasy X & South Park. While all of these mechanics are great, they are extremely simplistic which makes the game eventually just become repetitive. One thing that I will say is certainly interesting and unique to this game is it’s punishment simulator segments in which using the PlayStation Vita touch screen you must punish the girls into submitting to your orders. This is done by tapping your finger onto one of the girls body parts which ultimately whips them until they give in to your every demand. This not only works as a way of getting the girls to fight for you but also as an upgrade system in order to help your girls learn new moves to use in battle.
Overall, The gameplay in this game is good and certainly unique at times however I feel as though the gameplay does get easily repetitive at times aswell.
Criminal Girls Invite Only has a brilliant soundtrack which suits the RPG stylings of the game aswell as being suitably dark and somewhat hellish in Nature with each track on the soundtrack being well composed yet rather ominous. That’s all I can really say about the actual music however one of the few big gripes I do have about Criminal Girls: Invite Only was it’s lack of an English Dub which is a shame considering the majority of the dialogue is actually pretty funny and I think they should have made it optional as to what language the characters spoke.
Criminal Girls: Invite Only has a really good visual style with the game constantly resembling that of a Japanese Anime within battle and just wondering around which you can see in comparison since the actual images in battle look like hand drawn Anime characters while the roaming characters look like anime sprite versions of the characters in a similar look to that of the controllable character in the Pokemon Series. The colors are a nice contradiction with light color choices blending with the dark and damp colors of a hellish prison.
Overall, Criminal Girls: Invite Only has a decent amount of content and being an RPG has hours of content which consists of the obvious mechanics of an RPG including exploration, leveling your characters up and of course in this game’s case; giving out a lot of punishment to acquire all possible upgrades in the game. Add in the Trophies as per usual and you have a decent amount of content.
All in all, I found Criminal Girls: Invite Only enjoyable for the most part however as I mentioned under the gameplay part; The game does tend to become a bit repetitive and stale. The game overall has an ok story but nothing too great, some interesting gameplay mechanics at times and a brilliant soundtrack accompanied by some lush visuals however the repetitive gameplay and lack of an english dub are extremely disappointing.
Score = 7/10
- Some interesting Gameplay Mechanics (Punishment)
- Gorgeous Anime Visuals
- Well Composed Soundtrack
- Plenty of Replay Value
- Story was only OK
- Unlikable Characters
- No English Voice Dub
- Gameplay gets stale & Repetitive
Criminal Girls: Invite Only is available now from all good retailers for PlayStation Vita. Thanks go out to Reef Entertainment and NIS America for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.