As a retro gamer GOG games has a warm spot in my heart and although the company has modernised a bit they still happen to surprise me from time to time.
They have re-published some of those old and excellent software titles that were Little Big Adventure (1994), Rollercoaster Tycoon (1999), Theme Hospital (1997) and its spiritual and extremely funny (but unfortunately immediately forgotten) successor that was the space-station-simulation Startopia (2001). Recently they added Douglas Adams' Starship Titanic (1998) and some of the early, 1992 and 1993, Star Trek adventures.
Unfortunately GOG was lacking a bit in the adult section, although some might add that Adult Good Old Games is something of a contradiction. When Larry Laffer (1987) was revived some while ago I immediately bought it, not really to play the game, but you know... just for old time sake. One never forgets his first love and Larry Laffer was my first adult game ever. I played it with my girlfriend, our eyes glued to the screen, giggling like teenagers, and as we have been married for over 25 years now that really shows how old that classic game really is. It is a pity that GOG didn't add the Laffer Utilities as well, a collection of useless DOS-driven programs, I guess we have to call those apps nowadays, but it contained the joke of the blonde who urinates in a canoe, probably the best raunchy joke ever.
A couple of weeks ago Lula: The Sexy Empire (1998) was added to the GOG catalogue and that adult movie business simulation is the perfect example of how game makers think they can sell a very bad and badly programmed piece of software by adding some cartoonish boobs.
GOG also sells new games and my preference goes to those that are old school. Papers, please (2013) is an absolute beauty, mimicking the computer graphics (and colours) from the mid-eighties, with a story set in an East-European world. The zen-like Banished (2014), see my review at plain people have more fun, is currently my favourite building sim.
Together with the nearly unplayable and frankly tedious Lula another adult game is offered as well. Hunie Pop (2015) is a cross-over between a tile-matching puzzle and an eroge dating sim. The traditional hentai has a boy on a campus who will meet several female students at several places, like a bar and a sport club, who will talk to them and buy them gifts to raise their interest in him. Sometimes there are some mini-games as well that need to be won in order to get any further.
Hunie Pop really isn't different. You still meet some women, you can talk to them and if the conversation is positive, either by asking them the right question or by giving them the right answer some cash is earned that can be used to buy them presents, food or drinks. By asking the girls on a date the game switches over to match-three mode and if the desired result is reached at the end you will gain some respect of the waifu in question. Respect that is shown by sending you a mail with a picture in a more or less tempting pose. Basically, like JakeyDaRocker says in his online review: Hunie Pop is Bejeweled with Boobs.
And that is the strength or weakness of the game. Although there is a dating sim aspect it really doesn't matter if you answer questions right or wrong or if you give the right presents to the right girl. Once you have raised all your traits to the maximum value, and that happens pretty fast, it just comes to matching symbols on a 8 x 7 grid, which you will have to do a lot.
When you have raised your personal score to 5 hearts your date will ask to spend the night. Love making is illustrated by, yet another, match-three board and some accompanying groans and moans.
The internet, especially the Steam forum, has plenty of tricks and tips. While the game at GOG is the softcore version, probably for legal reasons, it can easily be upgraded by adding an empty file in the game directory, named: 'huniepop_uncensored_patch.game'. On startup the game checks if this file is present and if it is the uncensored version is loaded. The uncensored images only appear at the final level though and they will show you exactly those anatomical details you think they will show.
At the beginning 8 girls can be dated, all with their own characteristics and funny remarks. Their humour, irony and mild sarcasm certainly makes this worthwhile, even if you are not really a puzzle fan, like me. Another aspect of this game is that the music is utterly boring and monotonous, but that too is something these kind of games have in common. Unfortunately I made the stupid decision of also buying the 'deluxe edition upgrade' at GOG, which gives you the ability to download the soundtrack and the 'digital art collection'. The art collection has the pictures used in the game (and some extra), but not the uncensored ones. All in all that upgrade is a bit useless unless you happen to like 'soothing ear-candy that is a mixture of pop, jazz and bossa nova melodies with flirty and romantic themes'.
Bonuses (contains spoilers)
Kyu, the love fairy who guides you through the day, is unlocked after sleeping with the first girl. Venus, the love goddess, is unlocked after sleeping with all of the regulars.
The extra-terrestrial Celeste is only unlocked after giving Kyu a dirty magazine. She will pass an item in return and if you then meet Nikki on the beach at night she will appear.
The boring and irritating Momo is unlocked after buying a goldfish and discarding it at the park.
When you have conquered all the women successfully the game will switch to alpha-mode, or continuous gameplay. I never tried this out because, in my opinion, the re-playability of it all is close to zero, but of course this doesn't count for Candy Crush addicts who wants something more juicy.
Hunie Pop created some kind of a buzz when it was announced and its makers are trying to do the same with their new game HunieCam Studio, that is still in the works. HunieCam Studio promises to be a business sim, playing in the adult movie world. If their humorous approach and their eye for detail is as good as for Hunie Pop this might turn into an excellent game.
Finally Lula seems to get some competitors out there.
Links: Hunie Pop Development Blog
Tags: 99. adult gaming