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 (1,531 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
4,709 of 5,044 people (93%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
PROS:
- bird puns galore
- no actual bird sex

CONS:
- bird puns galore
- no actual bird sex

10/10
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594 of 630 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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1,181 of 1,305 people (90%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
I'm no longer interested in human males. 5/5
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341 of 355 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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431 of 496 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 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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389 of 466 people (83%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
1,336.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Meh.... i kinda like it
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680 of 853 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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292 of 362 people (81%) found this review helpful
43 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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179 of 211 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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511 of 688 people (74%) found this review helpful
8 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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430 of 576 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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95 of 105 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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85 of 95 people (89%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Every once in a while, you run into something that challenges your expectations in ways you couldn’t have possibly expected. It wears the surface layer like a wolf in pigeon’s clothing, promising a few quick laughs through the trappings of a dolled up Visual Novel featuring an all-bird cast. And if you were to think of it as nothing more, what with all of the pink upholstery and hearts surrounding every element of the game’s outward presentation, then no one could blame you. But it also counts on this charade to drag the player into something beneath its skin. Hatoful Boyfriend is indeed a game about attending an all-bird high school as the only human in the academy. Yet, if one cares to look above, they’ll see a murder of crows circling overhead.

Hatoful Boyfriend will appear familiar to anyone who has played a Visual Novel or two. Once you’ve started a new game, it will ask for your name, introduce you to the majority of characters in a warm and friendly environment, and generally settle you into daily life at St. PigeoNation. Navigation works similarly to the thousands which have come before it. You progress forward by clicking or hitting enter as a dialog box completes to display the next one and advance the story, occasionally make a selection to build your stats or guide which bird you will chase for their affection. There’s also the option to save and load, as well as alter some basic settings, and a convenient fast-forward button in the upper corner, should you wish to skip over dialog you’ve already seen. And of course, branching paths which all lead to their own endings, all depending on choices you make.

The first trick Hatoful Boyfriend pulls out of its hat is how short a single run can last. The very first run I completed took me about an hour in total, which draws the player in, promising quick trips down alternative paths to collect all of the pigeon husbando~ hearts. This is exactly what it wants you to do. Only going through the game once wouldn’t allow for the seams in the feathered costume begin to show, so it pushes you towards seeking every han- er, wing, you possibly can. With every successful unique ending, you’re rewarded with curious snippets in the “archive” section in the main menu. Between the diary entries and newspaper clippings, it’s trying to warn you. Only, we’re too occupied as players staring at the plumes of tail feathers to see the forest for the trees.

And it’s hard not to. The game’s use of standard visual novel/anime characterizations intelligently manipulates the player into wanting to chase down the Tsundere French transfer student, the plucky best friend you’ve known since you were both younger, the goth kid who speaks a language all his own, and even the creepy one who mutters statements under his breath that would be admissible evidence in court. Down each path, there’s plenty of humorous dialog and heart-tugging character development. The fact that they are all birds instead of humans or anime portraits just pulls the covers over your eyes when the real drama finally hits. They’re all entertainingly written, even if they stay extremely close to the tropes that birthed them. Let’s not allow the down comforter to be pulled over our eyes though. Several of the paths lean heavily into exposing Hatoful Boyfriend’s big secret, which is given to the player after certain endings have been cleared.

BBL mode, known as “Bad Boys Love”, is what Hatoful Boyfriend is really building towards. All of the characters you meet, all of the interactions you have, they all lead down the path towards BBL mode’s story. To explain what exactly BBL is would be to spoil the true meat and potatoes of the game, and thus I can’t in good conscience actually explain it to you. Even if I did tell you, in great detail, what it is and what happens during it, there’s no way you’d actually believe me. It is a much bigger bird than the others, with secrets tucked between every feather. I’ve seen many reviews not even mention it in fear of spoiling it but I feel as though that isn’t enough to truly entice someone into playing the game. Much like Hatoful Boyfriend’s tricks, I have spent most of this review building up to BBL mode simply to get you interested in what lies beyond that cage door. In order for you to discover the truth, however, you’ll have to spread your wings on your own.

It might just be because I let my guard down from the pigeon-centric cast but Hatoful Boyfriend left me feeling shaken. What I’d gone through was both hilarious and frightening at the same time. Just keep your wits about you, reinforce your constitution, and carve it into your soul. Hatoful Boyfriend is not just a dating sim where your boyfriends all have winged limbs and beaks. It’s an example of playing to the strengths and comforts of a genre while turning convention on its head to have the stork deliver a story so full of twists that it took me 3 sheets of paper and small handwriting to keep track of it all.


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89 of 103 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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66 of 70 people (94%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
What a great game.

If you're wondering on whether to buy this game there are a few questions you should ask yourself:
1. Do you like visual novels?
2. Are you ok with text-heavy games?
3. Are you ok with psychological horror and descriptive violence?
4. Would you like to date birds?

If you answered "yes" to all of those, then you should play this game! On a superficial level Hatoful Boyfriend looks like a silly game that's not worth the money, but undernearth all those routes where you date your cute bird boyfriends, there's an underlying plot which will keep you wondering. And once you reach the BBL ending + epilogue, you won't regret buying this game!
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79 of 93 people (85%) 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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64 of 73 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
bird
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86 of 107 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
i opened the menu and started cryin immediately
10/10
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110 of 145 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 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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57 of 66 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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