The super popular western hentai dating puzzle game.
Huniepop is the debut game by Huniepot, an indie American-based hentai game studio. This review is based on the Mangagamer digital edition.
You play as a normal, shy young man. You can also play as a socially awkward lesbian, like I did. Switching genders only changes which pronoun the girls refer to you as. It’s a nice little touch.
The story begins as you meet an undercover pickup coach fairy in a bar, and your approach on her is so miserable, she decides to coach you into a sex machine.
Voice acting is fully English. Most actresses have pleasant voices and their performances are solid enough. Only Audrey Belrose’s voice was annoying to me (she shouts). The voices can be disabled from the options menu.
Each character in Huniepop is a recognizable archtype: Cheerleader, teacher, flight attendant, young mother, yoga instructor, porn star, etc. No character is a stereotype, there’s complexity to each of them. For example, Tiffany the cheerleader is a hard-working college student that prefers exclusive relationships. The fairy is a shameless whore. The girls have varied, strong personalities, and their dialog is realistic, right down to swearing.
The gameplay consists of conversations and a strategic puzzle game. Success in conversations awards you with “Hunie”, a currency you spend to upgrade your personal traits, ie. your flirting skill. You can also push drinks on the girls, to buff up your Hunie gain in conversations.
Some backgrounds, like the waterpark, are 3D modeled. It creates a contrast with the hand drawn sprites. Most backgrounds look like photographs which have been painted on. It seems like a shortcut by the creators. I didn’t find it detracting, but it’s a matter of taste. The soundtrack has a wide variety of instrumental songs. Each dating location has a unique, cheerful tune.
Customizing the girls’ looks is a nice feature. Each girl has four hairstyles and four outfits. The only sad part is the lack of lewd costumes. Personally, I dressed my harem into a bikini squad.
Each successful date rewards you with a sexy picture, remember to check your cellphone “Huniebee”!
For health reasons, I actively avoid long gaming sessions these days, but with Huniepop, I got sucked in for hours each session. There’s always another date to go to, traits to upgrade, gifts to buy, new pictures from the girls. It’s not porn, but the lively interactions and atmosphere are good enough to get off on. I had a blast playing Huniepop. Gr8 gaem. Buy at JLIST or Mangagamer.