This game is not for fussy people who dislike scantily clad ladies, crude language and NSFW images.
This review is safe for work though.
HuniePop is a unique sim experience for PC, Mac and Linux. It’s a gameplay first approach that’s part dating sim, part puzzle game, with light RPG elements, a visual novel style of presentation, an abrasive western writing style and plenty of “plot”.
After a pathetic attempt to try and pick up Kyu, a magic love fairy in disguise, she decides to take you under her wing and help you out with your crippling inability to meet new women. After a few dating lessons and some sound advice, Kyu sends you out into the world ready to take on the dating world and a wide cast of beautiful babes.
There isn’t too much to tell about this game without revealing many spoilers. It’s a fun, addictive puzzle dating simulator game.
You can start as either a male or female player who is incapable of dating at first. Kyu, the love fairy, comes to your rescue to aide you in your quest to bed all the ladies in the game.
Note from OG (This game is technically about creating a harem. In the Nation’s case a yuri harem)
You get to talk to the women but watch their hunger meters. If they drop to 1 or 0 they won’t go on a date with you until you give them a preferred food item.
The game play is exactly like bejeweled for the most part. You match 3, 5, or more icons in a row and score points. Your moves are limited but there are items you can use to replenish them slightly along with the bells. Purple broken hearts are bad news so convert them to something useful with an item. To convert icons you need to get enough of the teardrop shapes to power the items needed. it ranges from 3-15 teardrops. Sort of a strategy puzzle game. Look for your best possible moves and try not to break a girl’s heart or you fail the date if it costs you too many points.
You can also purchase replenishing gift items, meaning you can buy them more than once, but only once per day. Giving these items to the girls will give you “Hunny” (The in-game currency) which can be used to increase your special traits and later on buy items you need to complete each girls collection. Each lady has their own unique preferences and kinks. You can unlock their outfits and hairstyles as you go along with better unique gift items as you buy them out.
I do have to say that even though it’s a moderately censored version on Steam, the girls special scenes are still NSFW but not 100% nude so do not go in expecting that. It’s worth the money to buy if you want a game to earn the ability to see something sexy and actually use your brain while trying to do so.
(Note from OG: As far as the uncensored version goes…definitely do not play this game in a public area.)
There were two girls that stuck out as favorites to me and they’re Nikki and Aiko. Both wear glasses and are quite cute and sexy in their own rights.
Aiko teaching her class. She’s a cute teacher with quite a kink.
Nikki playing an arcade. She’s an introverted gamer girl who loves the classics and staying in instead of going out. Honestly very close to my own preferred type.
As mentioned the game contains dirty language.
(Note from OG: Contrary to detractors’ opinions, the game is not racist when it comes to its character depictions.)
There is a mode in the game called Alpha mode. You get this by giving Kyu all the girls’ panties, including her own, to her. There are 3 bonus girls aside from the ones on the header image! Each has their own way of being summoned/found.
For Alpha mode, the game gets really hard each time you do a puzzle whether or not you win it. It’s hard to complete dates this way so make sure you are done with your collections before trying alpha mode! Once it’s unlocked on your current game file you cannot undo it.
The game has some well drawn backgrounds and the ladies all look great.
To answer the big question yuri fans have about the “yuri mode”, the girls do acknowledge the one hitting on them is a woman to the extent that the “he” is replaced with a “she” though there are a few lines where they forgot to edit the “he” to “she”. At least the voice actors know when they’re talking to either a guy or girl so there’s that. Yes there is a yuri mode but it may be a bit too superficial for some to cope with.
(Note from OG: I personally had no problem with it as the game did enough to acknowledge the avatar being female in yuri mode though I can understand some who do not think it is enough.)
Overall, Huniepop is a fun game but it’s not for everyone. The girls are all very nice and cater to many preferences, the background and soundtrack are also pleasant to look at and listen to and the puzzle mode is enjoyable for puzzle game enthusiasts. However, the language can be very crude at times, the naughtiness can be off-putting and the yuri mode, while decent, may not be enough for some. If none of the warnings upset readers or they can tolerate them, give it a shot.
The semi-censored version can be picked up on Steam. Finding an uncensored patch for it is not hard. The uncensored versions can be picked up on Mangagamer, Humble Bundle or the Huniepop Devblog.
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The crass language was definitely a put-off for me. But in the end, I just found that the game felt really empty after you played it enough. Everything was just a lot of numbers without much thought going into the individual characters.
The puzzle game itself got old too. And the Bedroom game was just…ugh. The patch helped with that though.
One of my biggest regrets was backing this.Hopefully my other backed project (but I love you) proves much more rewarding.
She did say it’s not for everyone. You just found out the hard way. Shame it didn’t work out for ya but you have your likes and dislikes.
How NSFW does the game actually get? Is it just nudity or does it get pretty graphic? If their is sex does the game register when it a guy or a girl the ladies are with? Is it one of those things where your gender is just never mentioned during intimate scenes?
As uncensored as an eroge without winkies. Yes your sex is acknowledged during H-scenes.
It’s very easy turning the Steam version into the uncensored game. Huniepop and Huniecam Studio both are a fun and sexy twist on the match 3/clicker genre.
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Yeah. Most of the censored Steam games have uncensored patches available to download somewhere else.
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Thanks for the review. Very informative.
I actually was in the fence with this one. Was sitting in my wishlist in Steam for a while.
But I don’t think that is a game for me. Not really fond of puzzle games (I’m kinda dumb playing those, I must confess) or the crude language. And the yuri mode don’t sound very fulfilling.
That’s fine. It’s not for everyone.
I can’t believe I played this game all night to the point of that alien girl 0_o
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