Dragonslay3r94 Reviews – HuniePop (NSFW Edition)

Disclosure – I follow the developers of this title on Twitter and have tweeted them about the game a couple times but it was purely to express my fondness for the game and to ask them for permission to use promotional images and video in this review, I also bought this game with my own money and was not given anything in return to write about HuniePop, now on to the review.

Now HuniePop is a puzzle/dating sim hybrid game with light RPG game mechanics thrown in along with a super cute but effective visual novel like art style and well written and funny dialog and it was released on January 19th, 2015 on Steam, Manga Gamer and the developer HuniePot’s site.

So the goal in Huniepop is to date women and just so you know, you can choose to play as a female so the developers get bonus points from me for including an option for that because not many people would consider putting that in.

So the game starts with you sitting in a bar when you are approached by an attractive girl and the plot of this game is that you are utterly incapable of talking to women and after truly pathetic attempt to try and pick up the girl who later turns out to be a magic love fairy in disguise, she takes you under her wing and helps you out with your crippling inability to meet new women.

Yep that’s the plot, nothing more or less for that matter and I personally found it breaking the forth wall for me because I am not exactly the best at talking to women but moving on from my terrible affliction I think I should explain the game play.

HuniePop's gameplay is split into two halves, the dating sim section where you get to know the girls by asking them questions, buying them specific gifts and and the puzzle section is when you take them on dates

The dating sim screen while rather basic gets the job done pretty well, it shows your inventory, how much money you currently have, a profile with information about a specific girl for example Lola as seen in the image above, a tab to ask them out on a date along with a purchase gift tab and a “girl finder” tab that track the other girls and their whereabouts.

HuniePop’s game play is split into two halves, the dating sim section where you get to know the girls by talking to them, asking them questions, buying them gifts and the puzzle section when you take them on dates and while I did find the sim section somewhat lacking it didn’t really bother me that much as I spent most of my getting my British backside handed to me by the date puzzles.

While the puzzles aren’t exactly difficult they will certainly provide a challenge if you suck at puzzles like I do but to be honest I really did not mind because the date sections had alot more depth than they let on at first which was surprising to me since the puzzle market isn’t exactly known for depth and complexity so I really liked that since I would rather have a game kick my back side a couple times than be too easy.

And while I am on the subject of difficulty, there is a difficulty setting in the menu so if you are finding the puzzles too much of a challenge you can always switch the difficulty from normal to easy to help.

The date section is where the puzzle mechanic comes into play and it is surprisingly good, below the puzzle grid there is a bar that shows your current score and three boxes that show you how many moves you have left, your passion level which is your score multiplier and sentiment which you spend to use date gifts

The date section is where the puzzle mechanic comes into play and it is surprisingly good, below the puzzle grid there is a bar that shows your current score and three boxes that show you how many moves you have left, your passion level which is your score multiplier and sentiment which you spend to use date gifts

The date puzzles are match-3 or above style puzzle mechanic much like Bejeweled or Candy Crush Saga but it has a surprising amount of depth when you look closer, there are hearts, bells, teardrops, stars ,moons ,broken hearts, music notes and red droplets each representing a different thing.

The pink hearts increase your passion meter and thus increases the worth of other gems when matched, the dark blue music notes represent talent, the orange crescent moons represent romance, the green stars represent flirtation, the light blue tear drops represent sentiment, the red droplets represent sexuality, the gold bells give you one extra move when 3 are matched and finally the broken hearts lower your score when matched so here is where the depth comes in.

Each girl has desired traits, for example Tiffany in the above image loves being flirted with so matching the green flirtation gems would increase your score more than the others and there are date gifts you can use on a date that have various effects like clearing gems of a certain type and etc.

On the dating sim screen there are five heart shaped icons and the base level is 1 heart and a heart is added when you successfully complete a date section, each level shows how fond of you each girl is, at 3 stars girls will text you pictures and they go from cute to somewhat explicit but don’t worry the Steam version is censored but it only affects the pictures you receive from the girls however there is a patch that reverts the game back to it’s full lewd glory.

When a girl has 4 hearts and it’s night time you can take them on a “night date” and when you complete a night date, you can take the girl who you took on the date back to your place for a bonus puzzle and this is where the game really is 18 plus and up.

The bonus puzzle is set in your character’s bedroom and it takes away the limited moves, the score multiplier and the sentiment bar meaning you have to only make matches as quickly as possible before your points meter drops, it’s not too difficult but you will have to listen to the girls moan with pleasure every time you make a match and once you reach the score needed the girls orgasm…..yes I just said that and yes you heard me correctly.

Nikki Anne Marie (one of the main characters) after a long gaming session and this is one of nearly 50 photos you can earn in the game and all of them can be viewed in a gallery.

Nikki Anne Marie (one of the main characters) after a long gaming session and this is one of nearly 50 photos you can earn in the game and all of them can be viewed in a gallery.

I put in the title “Not Safe For Work” and now you know why and just so you know you also get a pic of them afterwards along with their underwear, yep they give you their underwear for some reason but hey I am not a developer so I really can’t comment on why but let’s move on.

Now one thing I love about HuniePop is that all the girls are different from each other even though they are slightly stereotypical but hey I am not complaining because the game is quite enjoyable regardless so here is a quick rundown of all the beautiful girls that get to romance in HuniePop.

There are 8 girls and 3 unlockable characters in the game with their own likes, dislikes, hobbies and preferences which is really good because it gives them their own personality and makes the game better although I must say I wish the characters had a lot more depth to them but then again I might be asking a bit too much from the developers.

All the characters in HuniePop apart from the unlockable characters, Nikki Anne Marie (first girl),Tiffany Maye (second girl), Lola Ambrite (third girl), Audrey Belrose (forth girl), Jessie Maye (fifth girl), Beli Lapran (sixth girl), Akio Yumi (seventh girl) and finally Keyanna Delrio (eighth girl) and the reason why Tiffany and Jessie share Maye as their last name is because Jessie is Tiffany's mother so yeah let that sink in

All the characters in HuniePop apart from the unlockable characters, Nikki Anne Marie (first girl),Tiffany Maye (second girl), Lola Ambrite (third girl), Audrey Belrose (forth girl), Jessie Maye (fifth girl), Beli Lapran (sixth girl), Akio Yumi (seventh girl) and finally Keyanna Delrio (eighth girl) and the reason why Tiffany and Jessie share Maye as their last name is because Jessie is Tiffany’s mother so yeah let that sink in

The characters are as follows; we have Nikki Anne Marie (first girl) who is a social introvert, gamer, blogger and conspiracy theorist and I swear what I would of been like if I was born a woman, Tiffany (the second girl) is the academically inclined cheerleader who likes swimming and has a major sweet tooth, she is Jessie’s daughter and well she doesn’t get on with her mother for obvious reasons.

Lola (the third girl) is a tennis loving, sassy flight attendant, Audrey (the forth girl) is the stereotypical bitch character who is loud, obnoxious and wild and she likes shopping, recreational drug use and casual sex, Jessie (the fifth girl) is the oldest of the girls and is a cougar, she is also a adult film star and Tiffany’s mother and she absolutely loves attention and she has a sex drive so high she has got be a succubus but now moving on to the other girls.

Beli ( the sixth girl) is quiet and timid but she always has a positive outlook, she is always calm and she is a yoga instructor and is my favorite girl out of all of them because she is just really adorable then there is Aiko (the seventh girl) who is a university professor that is usually depressed since she doesn’t know what she wants in life, however she is quite funny and sarcastic once you get to know her and last but not least is Keyanna (the eighth girl) who is a hairdresser and young mother that trying to do the best she can for her and her child and she loves to keep active and healthy at the gym and etc.

In the main screen you have a condensed bio of each girl with what they find attractive, their hobbies, what gifts they like, what their favorite foods are, favorite drink and etc

In the HunieBee screen you have a condensed bio of each girl with what they find attractive, their hobbies, what gifts they like, what their favorite foods are, favorite drink and so on and it is the place you go to buy gifts, check messages and upgrade you character abilities.

There are three unlockable characters as well that bring the roster up to 12 and one of them is Kyu who is the love fairy coaching you on your dating skills, I won’t spoil what makes Kyu well her because it’s rather funny and also lewd but I think I should explain a bit about something that I find very interesting about this game and that is the use of “Hunie” and the traits menu which is the last icon in the HunieBee right before the settings menu.

You have traits that can be upgraded with “Hunie Points” (as seen in the top right of the above picture) that you earn when you talk and gift things to the girls and it really effects the game, for example when you upgrade the “sensitivity” trait the amount of points you lose from matching broken hearts is reduced and when you upgrade passion to maximum it let’s the passion meter go up to 12 which is a good thing because the passion level meter is the score multiplier.

This is something I haven’t seen many games do and honestly it works quite well because the puzzles only get tougher the more girls you are dating and on normal, the final girl’s puzzle before the bonus round is 5000 points so it’s wise to spend “Hunie points” to give yourself a easier time unlike me who didn’t even know there were upgrades at first even though I clocked in 3 hours in the game on Steam after I bought it.

So I have covered the premise, game play and a few of the unique mechanics so next up is the art style and sound design which are without a doubt my favorite things about this game apart from the game play itself.

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Keyanna and Audrey arguing in the mall before you meet them, their dialog is really realistic, they swear and insult each other and all the girls at one or another interact with each other but i am not going to spoil anything else here

The visual novel style works extremely well and the artist did a amazing job with the character designs, I am a huge anime fan so I might be a little bit bias but it works great for this title, the characters look like they would fit in extremely well if HuniePop was a show and that’s a good thing in my opinion.

The game backgrounds are beautiful hand painted environment art and many of them have full day/night cycles which is really good with my personal favorites being the Lakeside Lounge at night time and the Botanical gardens, the artists put a tonne of work into making the backgrounds really pleasant because most puzzle games don’t even bother to offer much deviation while in HuniePop there are over 20 locations.

Another thing that is done extremely well is the dialog which is fully voice acted by the way and down right funny, the voice actors did a really good job and the voice work showed more of the girls’ personalities than I thought it would and just so you know there is a tonne of funny dialog in this game so they totally did a great job being funny, flirty and of course very lewd at points.

Some HuniePop promotional material feature Audrey, Tiffany, Jessie and Lola

Some HuniePop promotional material featuring Audrey, Tiffany, Jessie and Lola

The game has a entire original soundtrack with 20 tracks and they are inspired by eastern pop, jazz and bossa nova melodies and all of them are really well composed and are a pleasure to listen to, usually I get fed up of the background music but I really enjoyed the background music in this game so now on to the subject of replay value and this is where HuniePop suffers slightly.

HuniePop has over 250 unique items (food, drinks, gifts and accessories) that you can purchase, unlock, collect and give as gifts but that’s about it, all the girls also have unlockable outfits that you can change them into through the HunieBee but that’s it aside from the 50 or so pictures that you will without a doubt earn during play and that’s it unfortunately but I am once again asking a bit too much from a puzzle game.

The game also suffers from another problem, after you romance the girls you don’t really need to interact with them unless need Hunie or when money is low and that is one problem I see with the game, if I was the developer I would try and implement something that would solve it, something along the lines of, if you don’t interact with a girl for a while she will get annoyed with you and you lose a heart and you will have to earn it back, it adds more replay value and it keeps the person playing.

Apart from that HuniePop is a great game and I had blast playing it, trust me I have played this game over 17 hours so far and I still haven’t reached the 100% mark so I am gonna be playing it for quite a while, it’s a surprisingly solid puzzle game even without the dating sim and all the lewds and it is worth the money if you are a fan of puzzle games over the age of 18.

Kyu the love fairy

Kyu the love fairy takes flight to tackle your dating woes

I would like to see what the developers do next, either with HuniePop or another project because I had a tonne of fun playing this and just so you know I played this with the uncensoring patch because I am not one of those people that burst into flames at the sight of cleavage and among other things.

HuniePop itself has a tonne of potential in my honest opinion, maybe the developers can add more girls and maybe guys because not many people would consider doing that and I think it would help the dating sim part grow and one last thing before I end my review.

The people who talk bad about a game without even taking the time to play it are complete idiots because it could be surprisingly fun regardless of what the premise is like HuniePop and people should know better and act their age and not throw tantrums because it is something they don’t like for stupid reasons, I thought I wouldn’t like this game but I love it and I am really looking forward to what the developers do next.

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