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 (1,644 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
625 of 665 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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366 of 381 people (96%) found this review helpful
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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478 of 545 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 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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430 of 515 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1,336.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Meh.... i kinda like it
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704 of 879 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
I ate one of my classmates.

10/10 would recommend
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316 of 389 people (81%) 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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188 of 221 people (85%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
There are many things to be said about this game. At first glance most say, why birds? But I say unto you, why not birds? Hidden under what looks to be a joke of an idea is a very deep complex story with many paths and interesting characters. I do not joke when i I say, in my humble opinion, this is my favorite plot of any game I have ever played.
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115 of 128 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
I didn't think I could die this many times in a dating sim for birds. Life is cruel.

10/10
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442 of 591 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
you date birds what more could you want
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548 of 749 people (73%) found this review helpful
9 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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94 of 109 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
Definitely the weirdest game that I have ever played. The game got darker and darker the more I played it. I did not expect that at all. Hatoful Boyfriend is a game full of suprises and birdpuns.
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89 of 104 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
This "game" masquarades as a light hearted pigeon dating sim with wacky characters but after completing most of the romances it turns into surprisingly dark story.

I would recommend this to anyone who is even remotedly interested in visual novels.

10/10, did not expect that twist.
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55 of 58 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 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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117 of 153 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
This game has it all!
Hunter-gatherer instincts!
Udon!
Pudding!
Narcolepsy!
Cave houses!
Legumes!
Nesting materials!
Scooters!
Punkgeons! (i.e., punk pigeons)
Bikers with no traffic violations!
Fava beans!
Ghosts!
Secret agents!

I can't decide whether this is brilliant or a desperate cry for help.
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60 of 70 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
To be entirely honest, I got this game as a joke. I mean, really, who seriously buys a PIGEON DATING SIM? I thought this would just be a lighthearted, funny game I could play for some kicks and giggles. Don't get me wrong, the actual romance storylines were pretty hilarious in nature, like the part in Ryota's romance where you get a peek at his job (if you've played the game you'll know what I'm talking about).

Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this though besides the joke about it being a pigeon dating sim... until I got to the BBL storyline. Without spoiling anything, let me just say the BBL storyline/ending has nothing to do with romance. It gives you a huge insight on all the characters, their pasts, and how they're all connected. It's rather long compared to just romancing one of your bird companions, but well worth playing through. The BBL storyline/ending does not give you much choice options and is more like a visual novel, but I really appreciated how the developer chose to make it. For me, it turned this simple pigeon dating sim into something far more complicated and intriguing. It is also the reason that this game has become one of my favorite games I've played in a long while.

I give this game a 10/10 purely for the BBL storyline/ending.

11/10 for being a pigeon dating sim :p
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161 of 233 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
theres no bird sex in this game i hate it already
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49 of 57 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 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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159 of 240 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
you can't ♥♥♥♥ the pigeons
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90 of 133 people (68%) 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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41 of 52 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
122.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Everybirdie needs to play this game...

Pigeons, Pigeons and even more Pigeons... :3

Hatoful Boyfriend hatches surprisingly deep characters with an equally charming story.


I just love this game. <3
11/10
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