Haydee, the platform puzzle game from Russian developers Haydee Interactive available on Steam uses sexuality without fear as the main character is a robot with some very human features – a big butt and large bouncing boobs. Whilst some might argue the character Haydee is designed to draw in the unsuspecting to mask a difficult and challenging game (that won’t appeal to everyone) at the other end of the scale Haydee Interactive are perhaps simply appealing to a male audience who enjoy a bit of eye candy, much in the same way Koei Tecmo employ buxom ladies who like to show off some skin in their Dead or Alive fighting games. In both instances whilst there is a heavy focus on sexualizing the characters the game mechanics are quite solid.
From our perspective we enjoy the imagery in Haydee as it lightens the load a little because once you start to play you begin to realize it’s a pretty tough campaign. Therefore, seeing a big butt and boobs shoved in your face alleviates some of the pain from dying and having to restart or load a save from way back. After so long though its quite possible to become desensitized to Haydee’s charms and merely view the game for what it sets out to do – challenge the player mentally. It’s obvious this is Haydee Interactive’s intention. It’s almost as if the lead character is merely a bit of a smoke screen though.
That said, there are obviously going to be some folks out there who will be repulsed by the blatant use of a buxom female gaming character to sell the game without looking beyond the aesthetics. One has to ask how is such a game going to appeal to female gamers who care more about how they are represented in video games than the actual game itself? Sure, there’s a choice to be made here as in if you don’t like it, don’t buy, but sadly the game itself is appealing to both sexes in terms of its gameplay. So in a way, having an exaggerated lead character designed to appeal to men only is unnecessarily limiting. Luckily there are mods which now include a male character but this is not a vanilla inclusion or from Haydee Interactive themselves. Either way, no matter where you sit on the fence, the character Haydee is an interesting and yet not necessarily unexpected choice for this style of game. As a result lends itself to be one of the most sexy looking games of 2016.