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 (969 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 4, 2014

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"Visual novel? Check. Boyfriend Dating Sim? Check. All bird cast? Check. Not for everyone, but much deeper and darker than it seems at first glance."

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
2,723 of 2,865 people (95%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Lately, a lot of fowl games have been released on Steam. This has ruffled a lot of feathers, and with good reason, as there are some real birdbrains making videogames nowadays. But I'm talon you, this isn't one of those, this game is eggcellent. You might fink people just buy it for ironic purposes, but it's eggshelly a very good game. The premise may make you worried that the game's a bit of an odd duck - a human gull going to a school for birds? To call that "realistic" would be ostrich, so a lot of peeps might wonder how the flock that can make for a fun game. But if you give it a chance and carrion with it, you'll discover that it is well written, with a migrate cast of characters. You're bound to have a pheasant time with this, and even if you're still hesitant, you should swallow your pride and buy the game on a lark (it's not that expensive, so don't worry about the bill), and you'll discover an impeckable game with hours of replay value. So just spend some cash from your nest egg, and from heron out you won't egret your perchase. You'll have a hoot, guaranteed.
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1,863 of 1,998 people (93%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
PROS:
- bird puns galore
- no actual bird sex

CONS:
- bird puns galore
- no actual bird sex

10/10
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4,572 of 5,076 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Easily the best pigeon dating sim out there.
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444 of 492 people (90%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Extremely cute, yet heart crushingly devastating. I originally bought Hatoful Boyfriend a few years back and completely fell in love with it. I wasn't expecting anything more than a joke game that would be good for a few laughs but, Hatoful Boyfriend is so much more than that. A lot of love was put into this game, and the video on the store page doesn't do it justice.

Hopefully we will see the sequel released on Steam in the future!
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908 of 1,061 people (86%) found this review helpful
115.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I have never flapped so hard to any game before.
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272 of 292 people (93%) 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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238 of 255 people (93%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
I'm no longer interested in human males. 5/5
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152 of 158 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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306 of 355 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I got murdered by a gang of pigeons for giving someone the wrong beans.

Game of the year, it's pretty coo.
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381 of 470 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Think dating sims are for the birds? Well ignore that kind of chickenscratch because this game's a feather in the cap of any player!

Romance! Mystery! Birdseed! I'm not just squawking here! Hatoful Boyfriend will have you flying high on the wings of dove!

But enough of me parroting the opinions of others, try it for yourself and you'll agree that when it comes to the dating sim game Hatoful Boyfriend is a real coo!
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277 of 333 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Damn, this game escalates pretty quickly.

First it's all just sh*ts and giggles trying to seduce these pretty boy pigeons.
Then you start sh*tting your pants with tears. ;(

If youve ever thought about dating a pigeon before, this is the most realistic pigeon dating simulator game ever. 10/10.
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505 of 637 people (79%) 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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172 of 195 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I now have a Fetish for birds.


Update 1: Make this review popular, this is the truth about this game. It gives you a fetish for birds.

Update 2: I saved so many bird porn onto my Computer and the space it all gave me is almost a Terrabyte.
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144 of 158 people (91%) 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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212 of 251 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Don't believe the reviews. They are lies. I never got to date the fat pigeon.
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157 of 181 people (87%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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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103 of 108 people (95%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Before Hatoful Boyfriend, I was a happily married man with a home, a well-paying job, a wife, and two kids.

Then, the eve before my birthday, a close friend had stealthily bought Hatoful Boyfriend and sent it to me, thinking it'd be a funny early birthday present. I decided to humor him, and booted up the game on that one fateful Saturday night.

My house burned down, I lost my job, my wife divorced me and took custody of the children, and my pizza delivery guy was late.

I'm now pregnant with my 17th child from my new pigeon hasubando and am currently living in a giant, underwater nest filled with kawaii mutant human-bird baby hybrids that feed off of human flesh and Lego blocks.

10/10.

It's okay.
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154 of 178 people (87%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
When people hear the term "games as art" they generally make the mistake of lumping everything into the same visual category. Sometimes art is in the form of a concept or idea and not just an optical quality, and it's in this sense that I highly regard Hatoful Boyfriend as a work of art. It takes a tired and cliched concept and reworks it into a thought provoking and never before seen idea that manages to be both humorously satirical and affectingly sentimental, causing the general public to reconsider and ponder the meaning of a mostly mocked genre.

Some may discount the games merits based on the corny puns, and these people miss the point entirely. What makes Hatoful Boyfriend so damn funny, so artfully clever, and so hard to stop smiling at is the overall concept of what's happening and the way the emotionally driven story is delivered. The idea of seeing such seriously toned dialogue combined with the strange and surreal imagery of a school of pigeons is wildly outside of the box, and to anyone with an imagination is at first incredibly entertaining. What really takes the player by surprise is the emotional draw the story has on you in the end for what at first was such a seemingly laughable and satirical plot.

Hatoful Boyfriend isn't just a satire or a mockery, it's not just one big comedic joke like some might intially believe. The characters are written well and manage to shine with more personality and.. humanity(?) than what we're used to seeing in the generally shallow world of anime dating sims, which is what makes the experience feel even more bizarre, strange, yet memorable given it's subject matter. It manages to feel more real and authentic than even the most sensible or conventional games in this form of interactive storytelling.

The strange feeling evoked by Hatoful Boyfriend of feeling a growing emotional attachment towards something so seemingly overlooked as a pigeon or bird in a video game is one I'll remember. People with no connection or empathy for the animal kingdom my find it hard to swallow the ongoings of St. Pigeonation and won't take away anything of value from this quirky change of pace needed in gaming, but those with an open mind and heart to the topic will come away with a new found respect and admiration for a species generally viewed as insignificant or often misunderstood.

If you're the type who isn't too concerned with artistic and strange new takes on old genres, or you're one of those gamer types who enjoys the same-old-same-old while fearing changes to the industry then by all means skip this and play what you usually play. For people who want something new in the medium and want to see differences to gaming that allow a wider variety of people into the world of interactive experiences we call games then Hatoful Boyfriend is something you'll want to check out.
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249 of 309 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Had to explain the police why I was in a bird zoo naked

10/10
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183 of 224 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Went in assuming this was some sort of satire on visual novel culture. Surprised to see it is a fully serious visual novel with enjoyable characters. Individual paths are short, but have an over-arching story to uncover as part of the whole.

10/10 birds
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