|Honey on the Road|
|Developer: Arc System Works|
|System(s): PC Engine|
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Honey on the Road (はにい・おんざ・ろおど) is a platformer whose main unique mechanic is that the protagonist, Honey (though spelled in game as "Hany") can swap between four different lanes. This mechanic is probably inspired by Capcom's 1984 arcade game SonSon, but unlike the earlier title, Honey on the Road bases much of its challenge on varying how this works. For example, some stages are auto scrolling, one has individual lanes sink underwater and rise again, and another changes the direction that the lanes move over the course of the level.
The title character is a haniwa, a type of burial statue used in the Kofun period in Japan. The English word "honey" would be spelled and pronounced as "hanii" by a native Japanese speaker. So the protagonist's name is a pun that doesn't translate well to English.
This game is the sequel to Honey in the Sky, though its gameplay and even its genre is completely different.
For some reason, the attack has much greater range to Honey's left than to his right. This makes stage C, the one left scrolling stage in the game, quite easy, and timing for one's attacks on boss fights has to be adjusted depending on which side of the boss Honey is on.
There are three "secret" bonuses that can be triggered by ending certain stages in the correct lanes. These are:
Bonus Stage - A short stage where you can pick dozens of blue jars and ? jars. There are multiple versions of this, and the more you go to in a continue, the harder they get. Bunnygirl - She'll send you ahead as if you beat 2 more stages. Nurse - She'll give you three lives before sending you on your way.
The locations of each instance of these are as follows:
Stage E: Lane 2: Bonus Stage
Stage F: Lane 1: Bunnygirl warp to J/K juncture.
Stage J: Lane 4: Nurse
Stage K: Lane 3: Bonus Stage
Stage L: Lane 1: Bunnygirl warp to P
Stage P: Lane 1: Bonus Stage
Stage R: Lane 4: Bonus Stage
Stage S: Lane 4: Bunnygirl warp to Z
Stage U: Lane 4: Nurse
Stage V: Lane 4: Nurse
Stage Z: Lane 3: Bonus Stage
|PC Engine, JP|