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HuniePop is a unique RPG experience for PC, Mac and Linux. It's a gameplay first approach that's part dating sim, part puzzle game, with RPG-like systems and a visual novel style presentation. HuniePop joins inspiring works like Dream C Club, Chobits, DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball, Catherine and many of the wonderful dating sims out there in celebrating romance, beauty and sexuality.
It's an independent effort by a western developer (though our team is all around the world) for a western audience with the goal of breathing some new life into a genre that is greatly underrepresented both in the western market and the independent games scene. Personally, I believe dating sims can stand among the most beloved game genres out there today with the right level of passion and care!
The love goddess, being disappointed by the lack of romance in your life, decides to send Kyu, a magic love fairy, to help you out. Kyu profiles eight beautiful, eligible girls in town and after a few helpful tips, starts you on your quest for love...or lust.
This is an open ended dating sim that gives you the freedom to play how you want. You can spend your time with your favorite girl, building a strong connection and discovering more about her past, her personality, and her aspirations. Orrrr, you can invite a different girl to the bar every night and see what happens. We don't judge, we just try to make every play style as fun and rewarding as the next. :)
At the core of the game is a deep time and resource management system. HuniePop has everything you would expect a fully featured dating sim to have. You can talk with the girls, give them gifts, show gestures of your affection...in fact, almost everything you can do in this game is done with a girl by your side; shopping, studying, working out and so on!
Since every action you perform will consume time, you'll have to be strategic and cunning about how you plan each day to optimize your opportunities and get the most out of every minute. Each girl has preferences, interests and turn ons. So, for example, it might be unwise to take a yoga class with a girl who doesn't like to exercise. You aren't going to get much benefit and she will be unhappy. There are many factors that influence the results of a particular action so you'll have to think ahead and play smart!
The puzzle stuff comes into play when you go out on dates with the girls. Each date is presented as a match-3 style puzzle where you have to earn enough affection, by matching heart tokens, before the end of the date. You'll collect different types of energy by matching talent, flirtation, romance and sexuality tokens and use that energy to perform special moves. People who have played Puzzle Quest will be familiar with this concept. You can learn new moves from the girls as your relationships strengthen and there are items and equippables that can help you out on dates as well!
Some of the features you will enjoy in HuniePop include:
- 8 gorgeous girls each with their own tastes, personality and storyline. Choose your favorite one...or don't ;)
- 12 in-game locations each with their own activities. Attend a class on campus, play games at the carnival, go shopping at the mall or do some part time work for extra cash almost anywhere!
- Beautiful hand painted environment art that have full day/night cycles.
- Over 250 unique items (food, drinks, equipment, gifts) that you can purchase, unlock, collect and give as gifts.
- Customize the girls' appearance with unlockable hairstyles, outfits, even shoes! The girls will usually dress up for special occasions and dates as well.
- Characters with their own lives and schedules that also react to your decisions. Kyanna might miss her morning workout routine if she has to much drink the previous night!
- An addicting match-3 style puzzle dating system with it's own unique twists including the ability to move any number of positions, upgradeable puzzle tokens and a variety of special moves.
- A modest-budget game with big-budget value from a team of experienced and passionate creators. We are happy to go through great lengths to create breathtaking visuals, a brilliant soundtrack and ensure your gameplay experience is highly polished and throughly satisfying.
HuniePop began it's life about a year ago and the current incarnation of the game has been in full time development for roughly 6 months. In that time we have been able to chisel out a fun and fluid game loop, design the characters and the core user experience, code the groundwork for some of the fundamental game systems and generate loads of art assets.
Our primary character portraits are almost completely finished. Our environments are a little less than half done. We have created hundreds of in-game items, each of which is completely unique (no palette swaps here!)
Oh, and let's not forget music! Check out these preview tracks from the official soundtrack. In order we have the main HuniePop theme, a morning time theme and a sensual romantic date theme. (More previews in the rewards section!)
Among our remaining tasks are to finish all the art, compose the complete soundtrack, flesh out each of the girls storylines and dialogue, design and code the UI for most of the menus and screens, lock down gameplay specifics, and of course allow ample time for testing. This project has turned out to be a pretty significant undertaking for our small team, but we are all happy to be working on it :)
HuniePop is my dream game and something I do out of passion at my own expense. The incredibly talented people who help out on this game need to be compensated for their contributions and up until this point this entire project has been funded out of my pocket. A successful campaign would allow me to:
- Focus on developing HuniePop without having to worry about doing side gigs to boost the Hunie-budget back up.
- Continue to compensate the wonderful artists who are working on this game with me.
- I'd like to hire a writer, a sound engineer and if the funding permits, possibly a second programmer to help out.
- Deal with the business and legal responsibilities associated with releasing a game.
- Deliver a fun, sexy, and downright awesome dating puzzle game!
Tiffany is a college student who is studying to become a nurse. She takes her academic work very seriously and it shows on her marks. In addition to being the head cheerleader for her school, she is involved in several extracurricular and student life activities. Though she rarely has any, she likes to spend free time at the beach or relaxing in her dorm with her friends Audrey and Nikki. Tiffany does not get along with her mother Jessie and makes great strides to stay away from her mother and her lifestyle.
Aiko is a substitute teacher who found herself in a longterm teaching gig at the local college because of the absence of one of the school's prominent math and science professors. It's a responsibility she reluctantly accepts as living up to the legacy of her predecessor proves difficult. She often has Tiffany and Audrey in her classes. Despite her knowledge of odds and statistics, Aiko has developed a gambling addiction and can be found at the casino almost every night.
Kyanna is a hairdresser and stylist at the beauty shop in the mall, but she dreams of becoming a famous actress, singer and dancer. As a result, she is obsessed with beauty and body image. She spends most of her free time working out at the gym and never misses one of Beli's yoga classes. While she can be a bit vain at times, she is loyal to a fault and very protective of her family and friends.
Audrey is a college student studying cosmetology. Unlike her friend and classmate Tiffany, she doesn't care for the academic setting and does not take her school work very seriously. She can often be found skipping class and hanging out at the Mall. Audrey is a self described party girl. She admires Jessie's carefree lifestyle and tries to emulate her. She loves to go dancing and drags her friends to the local nightclub several times a week. Though the extent of the problem is unclear, Tiffany and Nikki suspect Audrey of having drug abuse issues.
Being a flight attendant, Lola tends not to stay in one place for too long. She'll always be a tourist at heart and loves to discover new things to do around town. As a bit of a health nut, she visits the farmers market during the morning to buy fresh produce for the day. She's also quite the cook and enjoy baking sweets for her friends. Lola aspires to be a great Tennis player and can be found practicing at the courts near the Park on her days off.
Nikki works at the Cafe as a Barista. She would go to university with her friends Tiffany and Audrey if she didn't believe it was a waste of her time. As an autodidact, she's really good at teaching herself anything she needs to know. She spends a lot of time at her computer browsing the internet, reading web comics, updating her blog and getting involved in conspiracy theory groups just for fun. In addition to being a talented artist, Nikki is an avid gamer and sinks a large chunk of her paycheck into arcade machines every week.
Jessie is a semi-famous adult film actress. After having her daughter Tiffany at the young age of 16, she got into the adult film business as a desperate measure to support her and her daughter in the absence of Tiffany's father who disappeared shortly after Jessie became pregnant. As it would turn out, she rather liked the money and attention that being a porn actress brought and decided to stick with it. Because Jessie wasn't really able to experience the carefree youthfulness of her late teens and twenties she never quite outgrew her wild side and tends to overcompensate for those lost years. She goes downtown almost every night to dance, flirt and drink. Deep down Jessie know's she has some growing up to do but isn't ready to let go of her lifestyle.
Beli instructs meditative yoga classes at the local gym. Though she does not consider herself a religious person she is very in-tune with her spiritual side. As somebody who grew up around Hindu influences she tends to stray away from things like drinking and partying, opting instead to spend her time doing more self-developmental exercises like meditation and nature walks. She loves to be outdoors and can often be found relaxing at the park. Beli tries hard to stick to a healthy diet but has a crippling weakness for fried foods and sweets. She has developed strong friendships with some of the girls who take her class including Kyanna, Lola and perhaps most unlikely of all, Jessie.
*Click any of the girls above for a full body portrait*
Hey guys! I have been in game development for years. I pride myself on being an all around kinda guy, but I specialize most in programming and design. I used to work at Insomniac Games and have done contract work for Activision, but my true heart is in independent games. I have been honored to be able to work with my friends on the indie action RPG Cryamore. You can check out this little flash game my buddy and I did too, people seem to enjoy it.
Kopianget is an Indonesian character designer and illustrator that specializes in the manga/anime art style; with an affinity for fashion design. He has formed a small illustration studio with his partners. As the lead artist, Kopi is responsible for designing and producing the characters, outfits and environments in HuniePop. You can see more of his work on deviantART and pixiv.
Agata is a freelance illustrator with a passion for producing games and apps. She was part of the team responsible for the largest turkish social game, Sanalika, and the team that created the very popular IOS app "Design this Home". She is responsible for creating the many hundreds of slick item icons in HuniePop and helping out with UI and other graphic elements. Check out more of her work on deviantART or behance.
World of Wandag (Jonathan Wandag) is a freelance film score composer with clients such as EA, Insomniac Games, Survivor:Caramoan, XBOX, Access Hollywood, Justin Lin, Kev Jumba, Telemundo, and more under his belt. Ryan had to dig deep into Jonathan's vile, dark, stone-made, and wicked heart to find what little light was left over. What they found was a jpop / pop / jazzy little girl. Check out more of his work over at his website.
Laura Casulleras, better known as Ninamo, is a graphic designer in Barcelona, Spain, currently working as a freelance illustrator. She has worked for several Japanese companies such as Drecom, Pokelabo and 1st Bit providing key visual image illustrations for different games. She is in charge of the doujin circle CYCLIC★REDUNDANCY, which produces different goods, attends events and has an small online store. You can see more of her work here.
Kaskia is a freelance designer based in Thailand. Previous experience includes working on Cybermon, a popular monster training game for Facebook. Kaskia helps out by providing key supplemental and promotional artwork for HuniePop. Check out more of her work on her Facebook page or her deviantART.
Jack is a self-proclaimed theatre geek that has always had a passion for performance. Her favorite genre, comedy, is one of the aspects about entertainment that inspires her throughout all her works. She plays Kyu in HuniePop and she hopes that she can make her the cutest love fairy you've ever seen... or heard.
Rico, more commonly known as Pinguin-Kotak, is an Indonesian freelance illustrator, a partner in the studio that he and Kopianget (who also works on this game) started, and a member of the MANKAI art circle. He helps out with supplemental and promotional art for HuniePop.
Brad is a talented creative writer with over three years of experience. He is the writer for several popular web comics including Blaster Nation, a nerd culture comedic strip that has amassed quite a loyal following. He also has experience writing erotically-charged content making him a great match for HuniePop. Brad personally volunteered for this project out of pure passion. I'm pretty sure the sexy girls helped though =P
$10 Reward: HUNIEPOP
The full retail DRM-free digital copy of the game for PC, Mac or Linux! Plus, you will be listed in the credits as a supporter. So simple, so sweet.
This reward will be delivered upon release of the game. You will have the opportunity to select which platform you would like the game for; PC, Mac or Linux.
$15 Reward: HUNIEPOP + BONUS
You get the full DRM-free digital download of the game, your name in the credits and a stunning collection of Kickstarter exclusive wallpapers featuring the lovely ladies of HuniePop!
The wallpapers will be provided in a variety of resolutions to fit almost any screen. If I sense there is an interest I'll include sizes for phones and other mobile devices as well.
$25 Reward: HUNIE-PACK
The Hunie-pack contains a digital copy of the game, your name in the credits, the wallpaper collection and a digital download of the complete official soundtrack for the game! Please, one at a time!
The digital soundtrack will contain full quality tracks of all the music in the game. The soothing sounds of HuniePop are a mixture of pop, jazz and bossa nova with generally flirty or romantic themes. Influences range from the anime Chobits to todays popular K-Pop jams. Here are a couple more early previews, on the house:
$50 Reward: HUNIE-PACK PLUS
All the contents of the Hunie-pack, plus an exclusive digital art book containing beautiful, high resolution artwork from the game as well as concept artwork and promotional artwork.
This digital art book will contain pretty much every piece of art developed for this game, even stuff that doesn't end up being used in the final game. Character artwork, environment artwork, promotional artwork, graphics, icons and illustrations...all in high res and beautifully laid out. The level of detail in some of these pieces is simply jaw-dropping.
$75 Reward: HUNIE-PACK PRO
All the contents of the Hunie-pack Plus, with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the game's development process that includes sketches, design resources, fun statistics and a series of retrospective discussions revealing the internal and external challenges of creating an independent dating game of this scope. It's all on the table baby!
This behind the scenes look will be a special digital delivery that acts as an all access pass to the development process behind HuniePop. Loads of early sketches and ideas, the massive design document edited with additional commentary and a tell all series of discussions covering everything from initial concept to final release. I haven't decided exactly what form these discussions will take. Possibly screen-cast videos or podcasts accompanied by some of my game designer buddies. Let me know what you'd like to see!
$100 Reward: HUNIE-PACK PREMIUM
This is where things start getting physical ;). You get all the digital content from the Hunie-pack Pro, plus a special physical copy of the game (in addition to your digital copy) AND a breathtaking HuniePop promotional poster featuring the gorgeous gals! Included will be a special hand written note thanking you for your supreme awesomeness.
The physical game box will be hand made unless this campaign gets enough funding where it would make sense to reach out to a third party publisher. I don't know exactly what the poster will look like, but it will contain all the girls and it will be super, duper sexy! :)
$250 Reward: HUNIEPOP HERO!
This limited opportunity comes with everything that's included in the Hunie-pack Premium and more. You will get the Love Potion, a special in-game item that will make you irresistible to your girl of choice, you will be mentioned in the game by one of the characters and the project lead will personally call or Skype to thank you for your generous pledge! Oh, man!
BONUS! This tier now comes with a collectable tissue box of your choice and one of our exclusive decorative wall scrolls. That's $125 value added on completely for free. Suuhweet!
I will contact you at the appropriate time to ask your preferred name and something unique or funny about you that we can work into the game. You will likely be mentioned by one of the girls as a friend or relative, maybe even an ex-boyfriend!
$500 Reward: HUNIEPOP LEGEND!
This ultra-limited opportunity includes everything from all previous reward tiers plus a one-of-a-kind custom piece of high resolution artwork featuring you and your favorite girl on a date, painted by a HuniePop artist, just for you! You also get to decide whether or not it's included as part of the Hunie-pack Plus! It just doesn't get any sweeter.
I will work with you to get all the details for your custom artwork ironed out. You can choose to have yourself represented in the painting or a fictional character or your creation. You can choose any one of the HuniePop girls and even choose the setting or activity. This is YOUR masterpiece. We do however have to request that you refrain from being totally gross about it. If you choose to have it included in the Hunie-pack Plus, everyone that receives that reward tier or higher will see your awesome digital painting!
$750 Reward: HUNIEPOP GRAND CHAMPION!!
The ultimate reward tier comes with everything that is included in the HuniePop Hero reward tier plus the compete set of collectable tissue boxes, all three beautiful large size wall scrolls and a lovely dakimakura of your choice. It's pretty much everything we have to offer all in one package!
If you are interested in ordering an add-on reward, all you have to do is add that amount of money to your pledge. I'll send out a survey after the campaign is over where you can specify which add-ons you've ordered and how you want them personalized.
- $15 - International Shipping For Add-ons: If you are going to order any physical add-on rewards and you live outside the US please add an additional $15 to cover extra shipping costs. You only have to add this once no matter how many physical add-ons you order. You do NOT have to add this is you are already pledged for one of the $115 or greater reward tiers.
- $25 - HuniePop Collectable Tissue Boxes: The perfect companion to have within arms reach :) There are 8 unique collectable tissue box designs, one for each girl. Each box features original artwork as well as personal details about the character for quick reference while playing the game. Order one with your favorite girl or get all 8 for $150 (save 25%).
- $50 - HuniePop Character Sketch: A HuniePop artist will sketch your favorite character in any pose or expression. This can be a character from HuniePop or another character of your choosing. The sketch will be drawn in high res and delivered to you in either .psd, .png or .jpg format. This is not the same as the picture offered in the $500 reward tier. This is a much more simple sketch of one character.
- $100 - HuniePop Wall Scrolls: There are 3 distinct wall scrolls to choose from. Each scroll features beautiful original artwork by the artists of HuniePop. You'll have the ability to choose which scroll suites you best or you can order all 3. Normal size scrolls (16" wide) are $100 and large size scrolls (32" wide) are $140.
- $120 - HuniePop Collectable Dakimakura: Like the tissue boxes, there are 8 unique dakimakura designs, one for each girl. Every dakimakura features custom original artwork of the character with both a front and back perspective. The cases are roughly 150cm x 50cm. Order one with your favorite girl or get all 8 for $720 (save 25%).
In addition, you can also order some of the rewards that normally come with the regular backer tiers as separate add-ons:
- $10 - Additional digital copy on HuniePop for your platform of choice
- $5 - Wallpaper Pack
- $10 - Official Soundtrack
- $25 - Digital Artbook
- $25 - Pro Pack: Behind the scenes look at HuniePop development process
- $50 - Love Potion (Exclusive in-game item that makes you irresistible to your favorite girl)
Risks and challenges
This team faces many of the same potential challenges any independent game development team would face: over-ambition, scope creep, burnout, creative conflicts, illness or other unforeseeable external forces.
I think the key is being equipped to deal with these unexpected challenges. I have been a part of several teams both professional and independent. In that time I have been able to witness these types of issues and help get them resolved. HuniePop began as a spark of an idea and has evolved to this point through, I like to believe, hard work and responsible decision making. I will make every effort to continue this trend.
Other issues could arise specific to this game due to the nature of the content. It's possible the game could be restricted from being distributed through certain platforms because of suggestive content. The other thing to consider is that this type of game often doesn't do well in its target markets. Of course challenging that notion is, in part, the point of this project. =)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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