This game is one of those rare few that seems like its one thing, and then it ends up being something much, MUCH, greater than expected. Going into it you might think its just a weird Japanese visual novel about dating birds. And, well, it sort of is. But what you wouldn't know without playing it is just how much more there is to this game.
The vast amount of diversity speaks volumes of the effort put into making this game the experience that it is. Although it is classed as a dating sim, this is one of the few games that tackles many other genres, and actually does it well. Basically, each of the different characters' story lines you can follow are unique to one another. Each character has a very different personality and backstory, as well as their routes have their own uniqe themes and plots that other characters routes don't necessarily have a focus on. This is what makes this such a great game, because it makes you WANT to complete every route so you can learn the whole story, rather than making you feel like you have to suffer through several playthroughs of the same thing to get the end result. Each of the different characters stories are enjoyable and entertaing in their own unique way, be it a sweet romance, or a bone-chilling mystery, they are all very different.
Then of course, there is the secret "true ending" story route, wheather it can be called that or not, it is one of the most fantastic works of story telling I have ever experienced in a visual novel. I'm not going to spoil anything, as it really should be played without any prior knowledge or spoilers, but I strongly encourage players to play through every possible story route even if some may be silly at times, as that's what gives this game its charm. Each one of the stories you can play through will entertain you with silly jokes, emotion evoking plots, or even suspensful and horrorific secrets. Then after all those memorable events, you will be able to enjoy yet another very unique, very interesting, and very well written and played out "true ending" scenario. I could talk for hours about how great all the individual routes and the overarching plots are, but it is truely something that is best left for you, the player, to discover by playing the game for yourselves.
If you havn't yet bought Hatoful Boyfriend, or are maybe considering the purchase but are unsure if you will enjoy it, then you have my reccomendation to buy and play this game, and that it will be something that you'll be able to enjoy playing, and re-playing, for a very long time to come. For the amount of content this game has, it is definately worth buying. Through all of its silly laughs, its shocking secrets, and its heartbreaking emotional moments, Hatoful Boyfriend has become a personal favourite, and hopefully you will enjoy it too.