Congratulations! You’ve been accepted as the only human student at the prestigious St. PigeoNation’s Institute, a school for talented birds! Roam the halls and find love in between classes as a sophomore student at the world’s greatest pigeon high school.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,711 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 4, 2014

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"This pigeon dating simulation is easily the most entertaining visual novel I’ve ever played"
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Collector's Edition



The Hatoful Boyfriend Summer of Dove Collector's Edition also includes the original Hatoful Boyfriend (PC), digital soundtrack, exclusive new comic from original developer Hato Moa, exclusive wallpapers of Oko-san, and the St. Pigeonations Yearbook (Class of 2014).

About This Game

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted as the only human student at the prestigious St. PigeoNation’s Institute, a school for talented birds! Roam the halls and find love in between classes as a sophomore student at the world’s greatest pigeon high school. Finding happiness won’t be easy, but it’s not all academic - there’s always time for a little romance in this delightful remake of Hato Moa’s popular visual novel / avian dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend!

Please Note: No birds were hurt in the making of Hatoful Boyfriend. In fact, many found love.



An Avian Love Story: Chat with birds of every feather from narcoleptic school instructors to pigeon biker gangs on your way to flirty encounters potential suitors that set your hear aflutter. Spend time with the ones that strike your fancy and ditch the birds that prove to be a bore!

New Scenario and Ending: Series creator Hato Moa has created an all-new scenario and ending to discover in this exciting update for fans of the original game and brand-new Hatoful Boyfriend players!

Replayability to Fall in Love All Over Again: Build your own nest of intrigue within the St. PigeoNation’s Institute with genre-bending intertwining narratives, hidden stories, surprise paramours, and multiple endings sure to send you back to the start to try a new path and a different love interest.

Attend Class and Level Up: Choose elective classes like gym and art class to raise your character’s stats and bend suitors to your will by mixing charisma, vitality and wisdom. Get wise and you’ll pass your classes. Getting fit might save your life!

Fowl Twists and Turns: Not everything is as it seems at St. PigeoNation’s Institute! Uncover dark conspiracies, unexpected twists, and hellish fiends bent on bringing on the apocalypse. Pick your dates wisely, and you’ll flap off into the distance with your one true love. Take the wrong turn, and you might just end up murdered in your bed.

Sensual Birdfeed: Purchase delicious beans as a gift for your potential love interests and wow your feathered crushes with Calm Corn, Country Millet or Bitter Black Beans.



System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP with SP2 or later; Windows 7 with SP1 or later; Windows 8
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DirectX 9 level (shader model 2.0) capabilities.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows Vista is not supported.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DirectX 9 level (shader model 2.0) capabilities.
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DirectX 9 level (shader model 2.0) capabilities.
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: There are no penguins
Helpful customer reviews
660 of 701 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Okay.. uhh.. wow.
What to say about this game..

It's definitely not something I thought it was going to be.
I originally bought this game for the lolz since the general idea for this game is "Oh it's a dating sim... for birds.. lol" So originally, I played it as such. But as I carried on through the different routes you could take, I found each story more and more compelling. So many twists and turns and things that just randomly straight up hit you in the feels or made you think "wtf just happened?"

The main story is really creative and the genre twist really takes you through a loop and keeps you hooked. And for birds, the characters are really well developed.
I think the makers of this game knew exactly what they were doing. I want to take the player into a false sense of "This is going to be hilarious and stupid" Which granted, at some points, that's what it does. Very well. It's really funny.
When really it's building you up for a huge unexpected story hit. All the different routes are just branches of character developments, readying you for the main plot. I applaud that.

Over all, I'd actually recommend buying this game and doing exactly what everyone else is doing. Go in while not taking this game seriously at all and let it change your mind. Because it seriously will. Then it'll leave you there to sit there and think about how unexpectedly brilliantly done it is. Mediatonic, Hato Moa... hats off to you, this was a great experience.
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387 of 402 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Hatoful Boyfriend is more nuanced and compelling than it has any right to be.

Its outrageous concept is so over the top that it’s hard to view the game as anything more than a joke; something amusing but mostly held together by the mere fact of its existence. But these preconceptions, strung along by even its own marketing and description, are hiding the shockingly well written and emotionally stirring narrative underneath.

To be entirely clear, it is in part exactly what it appears to be: an otome dating simulator/visual novel, set in a world where birds have evolved to be the most intelligent species and humans have been mostly driven to extinction. Playing as the lone human student at Pigeonation Academy, you are tasked with going about your day, trying to scrape by in your schoolwork while wooing the bird of your dreams.

It’s an intentionally laughable idea, and one which at first can seem so ridiculous as to turn those less drawn to Japan’s stranger exports away, but its one which never dissolves into idiotic bird lover pandering (assuming that’s a thing that exists) or outright stupidity with its writing. Hatoful Boyfriend is entirely aware of its own absurdity, and treats it almost as an afterthought, to the point that the fact these characters are nearly entirely birds became irrelevant at least as far as being a very odd novelty.

Hatoful Boyfriend’s writing is exceptional, both hilarious and comical, and heart wrenchingly sad and contemplative. Though it begins as little more than a silly teenage romance, it spends this time crafting characters that you come to care about, before hurling them into a plot darker and more precarious than I ever could have imagine. While there are certainly parts (and entire storylines) within the game which are nothing but comedy, allowing the humorous and charming side of the game to take the spotlight for a moment and provide more than a few laughs, it was when the subject matter moved away from this silliness that I began to finally see the hidden brilliance of the game’s writer.

It’s shocking to even consider at first, and even now as I’m writing this I’m rather stunned at what Hatoful Boyfriend manages to do with its narrative, but it handles it's incredibly dark material with incredible grace and consideration. Calculated genocide, mass murder and biological experimentation, interspecies racism, and the value of family are not only touched upon, but discussed at length and in such a way as to not only allow you to take them seriously within the game’s context, but actually emphasize and become emotionally invested in the avian characters that once seemed so innocent and comical.

Hatoful Boyfriend made me laugh; it made me smile and appreciate its subtlety; and it made me cry. The spectrum of emotions I experienced throughout my handful of playthroughs (which should be considered a requisite, as you will miss the vast majority of the game’s content if you only go through it once) was something I never imagined this game to be capable of. It kept me playing for hours on end, up late into the night, and I’m still attempting to process all that I witnessed. It could very well be the apotheosis of a game you shouldn’t judge by its cover, and something that everybirdie ought to at least give a chance before writing it off as something it by and large is anything but.

You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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507 of 576 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Ate my classmate for Christmas dinner, slept in a hobo cave and got decapitated and put in a jar.
10/10 GOTY
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480 of 571 people (84%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1,368.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Meh.... i kinda like it
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344 of 419 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
I now have a Fetish for birds.
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587 of 808 people (73%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Don't believe the reviews. They are lies. I never got to date the fat pigeon.
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70 of 74 people (95%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
The first half of the game, you think it's a light hearted game about making friends with pidgeons, but IT'S A TRAP, THERE IS SO MUCH DEPTH, I CAN NO LONGER PLAY THIS GAME CASUALLY BECAUSE I KNOW THE TRAGIC AND GRUESOME BACKSTORIES OF EVERY PIDGEON I TRY AND GO OUT WITH. 10/10
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178 of 250 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
theres no bird sex in this game i hate it already
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55 of 63 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Possibly the most thorough examination and simulation of what it would be like to date the gorgeous upper middle class of pigeonkind. This game really gets me.
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Came every time I played this game.
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179 of 267 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
you can't ♥♥♥♥ the pigeons
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44 of 53 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Today,
Today I learned that the life I have been living is a lie. No more shall I want of anything, but the sweet taste of pudding, and the most fulfilling relationships, made with pigeons, by offering them the greatest gift known to anybirdie, ladies and birdies, I am talking about hemp seeds. Yes, hemp seeds are the bonds of my fictitious lovelife.











BUT ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ MUTHER♥♥♥♥ING RAINBOW PUDDING IS THE APHRODISIAC THAT GETS ME OFF.
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102 of 156 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
I appear to be the first negative reviewer to have completed the game in its entirety. This game has two distinct parts, the dating sim and the Bad Boys Love secret route unlocked by romancing every bird possible.

The first part is simply too short to be entertaining. Any route can be read in about an hour going at a relaxed pace, but there is significant overlap between routes, including sections that have no effect on the particular route you're playing, so I found myself skipping more and more as I replayed. This also caused me to inadvertantly skip content I hadn't read before, because some sections have multiple outcomes but start out the same way regardless of route. There is no way to go back to content accidentally skipped without reloading or starting a new game and it simply wasn't interesting enough to worth bothering to find out why I was faced with the choice of telling Okosan "convenience store" or "grocery store" and I could infer it had something to do with pudding anyway.

Consequently, there just isn't enough time to give any character depth and there's no challenge to complete a route. By the time you finish a route, you feel like you were merely introduced to the character. Picking routes are also very obvious and there is never any difficulty in seducing the various birds, unless you can't figure out that picking every opportunity to spend time with your desired bird is necessary to romance them. The routes I enjoyed most, Okosan, Shuu, and Anghel, stood out because they were simply the most oddball. For a game that is billed as a comedy, most routes utilize stereotypical melodrama. Bird puns and pop culture references abound, but there's really nothing laugh out loud funny in Hatoful Boyfriend and at best you'll smirk a lot.

There is a very simple stat system, raised by choosing between three elective classes at regular intervals and in a couple of events that likewise present three choices which raise a stat. The stats serve one purpose, which is to determine whether you get a normal ending or an extended ending. Extended endings require you to raise one stat to maximum and reward you with an extra scene that was implied in the normal ending anyway. Each ending has a separate achievement and you can't get both the normal ending and extended ending achievements in one go, so you have to play the same route twice in order to get all the achievements and unlock the Bad Boys Love extended ending. I wasted part of my life to get the BBL extended ending and it was just as disappointing as the other extended endings.

The second part of the game, the Bad Boys Love secret route is much more interesting, but by the time I unlocked it I was already tired of the game. I trudged on in hopes that it would be good and it was, kind of. The game suddenly takes a much darker tone, reveals how the world came to be dominated by talking birds, and becomes a mystery story. It seems interesting for a while, but as all the threads come together it becomes a soap opera for the ages. Characters are revealed to be secret brothers, secret childhood friends, secret enemies, secret agents, secret terrorists, secret weapons, secretly superpowered, secretly alive, but, alas, there are no secret comas to complete the cliche pantheon. I got the distinct impression that the first half of the game was written primarily to introduce the characters so that the meandering mysteries wouldn't simply baffle readers.

All in all, Hatoful Boyfriend wasn't an altogether terrible game, but it just wasn't worth the money and I got it in a 50% off sale. I will likely never read it again and would forget about it entirely if Steam didn't keep it in my library forever. As some consolation, the trading cards were surprisingly valuable and I was able to quickly sell them for about $1.50.

If you don't mind a lot of repetition, love every visual novel no matter what, and really love silly gimmicks, then buy this game. Otherwise, pick up just about any other visual novel on Steam. Even some of the free ones are more entertaining than Hatoful Boyfriend.

4/10
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
I CRIED
TWICE
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96 of 149 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
i tried to shag some birds


i cant shag any birds
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Hidden under what looks to be a joke, this game is actually great. You take on the role of the only human student at St. Pigeonations. Why are you the only human? This might seem like a silly joke to further enhance the meme factor of the game. However, the story is much deeper than what you might at first think. The game has many unique characters, all with their own distinct personalities and stories. As of writing this, I've played through three characters. I enjoyed them all, however one in particular, Nageki, had me in tears by the end. This was defiently not what I was expecting when I first started up a pigeon dating sim.

All in all, if complex romance stories, or visual novels is something you enjoy, give this game a fair chance, despite what it might look like at first.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
It's like a high school anime except there are pigeons.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
I'd heard about Hatoful. I'd laughed at the premise. "A DATING SIM ABOUT PIGEONS?! HA!" I held out playing it for so long because it just seemed to hilarious to be true. And then.... I downloaded the demo. Let me tell you, at first, I was just, "Oh, this game is so cute! Look at these adorable interactions!" I completed the demo with Yuuya and was completely enamored. I /needed/ the full version. Enter Steam, releasing it in HD.

Dear Puddi, I never expected this game to give me what I got. There's so much going on that you cannot glean from just playing one or two routes. Play the whole thing. Then play the BBL route and cry a million tears. Cute game, yeah right. More like vicious emotionally destructive game. And I don't regret buying it--I regret laughing at it and putting it off as some dumb game. Why there isn't more light on Hatoful is beyond me, because it's a beautiful game. Does it have its errors? Of course, doesn't every game? It's well put together, though, and any errors in the script don't detract from the game (they may make you read the segment a few times, but it's definitely not game-breaking). I've played a dating sim or two in my time, but this one is probably the best. These are well-written characters, with feathers, of course. It's easy to develop a connection with them because they are so well-written with hidden histories and pasts that you can find in Moa's mangas (available on Amazon!).

TL;DR: If you have any preconceptions about this game, FORGET THEM. Buy it and try it for yourself. Don't watch someone else play it, and don't just brush it off as some dumb game, because it's definitely worth the hours it takes to play it fully and completely.

Happy Birding ♥

P.S.: If you buy Hatoful and you enjoy it and want to put yourself through additional pain and misery, there is a sequel called "Holiday Star," available in English (i.e.: you don't need to patch it) for about $3, if I remember right. Just visit Moa's wordpress and you can get it!
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
What is Hatoful Boyfriend? Hatoful Boyfriend is a bird dating sim.

I purchased this because I thought it would be funny to say that I was playing a bird dating sim. There wasn’t suppose to be any real feelings behind this purchase, it was all in jest.

I launched the game and quickly got to the bad ending. I figured I should at least complete one or two “good” endings before I uninstalled the game and abandoned it to be just another game in my library. To accomplish my goal of being able to complete a good ending, I quickly made a “birds.txt” where I would list everybody in the story with a couple words to allow me to remember who was who.

Ryouta : Childhood friend, sick
Sakuya : ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Yuuya : Works in infirmiry, upperclassmen, half brother of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, flirt
Nageki : Library silent dude
San : RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN
Kazuaki : Homeroom / math teacher, falls asleep
Shuu : Doctor


Referencing this “cheat sheet”, I was able to get a good ending fairly easily. I repeated myself, this time going for a different ending...sometime in this third playthrough, something changed.

By the end of that ending, I was actually enjoying what I was doing. This “Joke of a game” was actually drawing me in, not because of “bird dating sim”, but because of the actual plot and the compelling characters. My cheat sheet was pointless, I knew all the names. Everybirdie had their own personality, and their stories had wildly different outcomes, yet were all tied together to help reveal a plot that actually mattered.

As you play through the game more, and achieve different endings you find little bits and pieces about the world. You read how birds became the dominant lifeform on the planet, how the human race almost fell to extinction, and how bird politics work.

Each story feel completely different. They all showcase a huge variety of emotions and social conditions. One story / ending exists entirely for humor, and no deep thought is put into anything. You are able to laugh your way through a 20 minute story and have a great time. You re-roll your game, and suddenly your story is filled with great sorrow between all the funny bird puns. Sadness then turns into happiness as your story becomes complete. Re-roll again, now you are exploring yet more bird puns, but this time also the impossible expectations sometimes forced onto oneself from their family. Re-roll, now genocide is brought into the fold. Re-roll, we are happy and excited again.

What the hell just happened? This game somehow managed to put an actual fantastic plot full of emotion and lessons of how the world works into...a bird dating simulator. Somehow this completely over the top game idea is completely overlooked the more you play it and fall in love with it.



Everybirdie should download this game and try it out because “lol bird dating sim”. You’ll be amazed as the joke suddenly starts being enjoyable and the fact that everyone is a bird spouting bird puns is able to be completely overlooked.

What is Hatoful Boyfriend? Hatoful Boyfriend is a fantastic game filled with more emotion and story than it should possibly contain.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
At first glance, it looks like a silly dating sim with birds.

At second glance, it still looks like a silly dating sim with birds.

Play a few hours in, it STILL looks like a silly dating sim with birds.

Play more than a few hours in, and suddenly it becomes something wonderful, something beautiful, something that actually helped me fight the depression I've been struggling with for years.

It's like My Little Pony or Monster Girl Quest, people take it at face value and wonder what the hell is wrong with humanity. But only little kids will say that they don't like carrots without ever tasting them. It might take a while to find, but this game has Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons levels of story and emotional content lurking within. All you need to do is try it.

Some proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynGhR81w-ZE
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