Honey Rose: Underdog Fighter Extraordinaire is a visual novel about Red, a university student who’s life goal is to make it big in the masked fighting tournament. She has the chance to meet her idol and current champion, Big Blue in the ring, because this year’s tournament is going to be held in her town.
But there’s a catch. Because of her dedication to her fighting, she’s failed her latest classes. She’s made a deal with her parents, either she graduates or they move. In order for her to meet her role model in the ring, she’ll have to balance classes with training so she can graduate and become the champion of the masked fighting tournament.
The recently released Steam game is actually free to play, and the developers took a creative approach to a kind of pay what you want model. Steam doesn’t have an interface to allow developers to let gamers set their own prices for games, so instead, these developers created levels of downloadable content that do nothing except support the designers. They call it a “pay what you liked” system, meaning that people get to actually play the game first, and then decide if they’d like to support the game.
Their “pay what you liked” approach is definitely a novel way to get around Steam’s limitations, and I hope it works out for them. So far the game has a positive review score on Steam, with most reviewers expressing how much they liked the combination of the fighter, visual novel and life management game aspects. Many people also said they enjoy the art and the music.