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 (790 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
221 of 240 people (92%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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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427 of 553 people (77%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I ate one of my classmates.

10/10 would recommend
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75 of 78 people (96%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
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: a harem 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 unfathomably 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 its 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 subtlely; 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 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.
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87 of 102 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I now have a Fetish for birds.
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58 of 67 people (87%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
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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44 of 51 people (86%) found this review helpful
367.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Meh.... i kinda like it
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124 of 184 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
theres no bird sex in this game i hate it already
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
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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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
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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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This is the funniest VN on Steam right now. It features lots of funny little bird puns + a colorful cast of characters.

It's a bit lacking as far as options and skip features go but each route is somewhat short so it's not really a major issue.

I encounted 2 small issues over the course of 2 hours. The game would get stuck when you load a game right after viewing the gallery. Loading a game in the middle of playing a route also does not update the date immediately. It fixes itself upon reaching the next day.

That was a weirdly entertaining VN. I'd give it a 4/5 for the bird theme combined with being vanilla (not to mention a good and awkward long route mixed with completing the game). If you like VNs that have a good sense of humor, I definitely suggest that you try Hatoful BF.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Thank god theres a fast forward button.

bird/bird - would receive as a gift again
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Definitely worth the $10. It was very entertaining. I do have to recommend that everyone play ALL of the endings though, because this game throws a good ol' plot shift in your face and it's kind of brilliant.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This game. This is the game that got me started on visual novels. It is one of the best.
There are very few words that can describe this game, to be honest. On the outside, it looks like just a game about dating pigeons - a weird concept, to be sure, but hey, we're not judging.
Once you start to play the game, things get different. Hatoful Boyfriend is a story-rich, emotional game where you just happen to date pigeons. The character development is deep, the storylines that are behind each love interest are engaging, and more than once I have found myself sobbing because pigeons.
If you're a fan of visual novels and want to try something unique, this would be the game to try.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Take my word for this, the story is very deep and interesting. It's not what you think it is. Get the Collector's Edition for the great desktop wallpaper. I've played this game for only two hours, and I already feel immersed in this VN's universe. It's like you think it's just a joke and all, like Goat Simulator 2014 or something. But then you read and keep reading, and the story reveals itself. Trust me, if you bought this game as a joke or something, spend some time with it; you will like it I guarantee. Especially if you are not into otome specifically, but are just interested in a very intriguing and fascinating story. Make sure to finish all story lines to understand the depth of the VN. The puns and references too, they just push this game overboard to one of the best visual novels and dating sims on steam.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
okay, so this game is actually very good. At first the concept is just plain hilarious, but the more endings you unlock the deeper the story gets. And yes, the story is actually quite good. I've been playing it for 7 hours straight now so I think I should do something productive. I advise playing it, 10/10 and not even joking.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
The only thing more disturbing than a possible future where birds have evolved sentience and opressed the near extinct humans back to the stone age, living in unheated caves eating nothing but udon, in constant fear of being butchered, experimented on, or politically assassinated, is the thought of a teenage girl sexually attracted to pigeons.

7/10 Too many shocking personal revelations, can't look at pigeons the same again.
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22 of 38 people (58%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Pigeons have never been sexier.
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