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  • Summary: 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. Sep 4, 2014
    85
    Do you ever dream about a love story with a dove? Do you ever feel that your life will be better with a bird on your side? If the answers are 'yes', try Hatoful Boyfriend.
  2. Sep 4, 2014
    80
    The true BBL story is gripping and an absolute must-play for anyone with an open mind who is a fan of visual novels. The game doesn’t make things obvious, though. I had no idea this route existed until I actually put in the effort to do more endings, and I’d recommend you do the same. If nothing else, it’s nice to see Devolver and Mediatonic bringing something so new and unusual to Steam.
  3. Sep 5, 2014
    80
    Though it has some pacing issues and a seemingly useless upgrade system, the funny, meaningful stories had me reading right past them.
  4. Sep 5, 2014
    70
    I came for the promise of pigeon romance, but I stayed for the surreal world these fowl reside in.
  5. Sep 15, 2014
    70
    If you prefer plots that are weird to begin with and just get weirder, you will be extremely happy with Hatoful Boyfriend; if you don’t feel excited by every single Japanese pop culture trope re-enacted by pigeons, Hatoful Boyfriend might not be for you.
  6. Sep 4, 2014
    65
    Occasionally, it doesn't feel quite weird enough to carry the whole concept of a human schoolgirl at an all-bird high school, but there's still plenty of laughs to be had for a brief experience that you're going to have to play through multiple times to fully enjoy.
  7. Sep 4, 2014
    30
    Hatoful Boyfriend is not a genuine comedic venture, it’s just a ridiculous idea turned purposely bad game. Charging money for it is just wrong, even if it is the best pigeon dating simulator on the planet.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Oct 5, 2017
    10
    Best game of ALL TIME - everybirdy needs to play this game at some point in their life. It's truly an experience like no other. ----------------------
  2. May 25, 2014
    10
    As my father said to me on his deathbed, "Son, I love you but if you learned anything from my massive waste of life its that you need to playAs my father said to me on his deathbed, "Son, I love you but if you learned anything from my massive waste of life its that you need to play more video games with bird sex in them". He then molted to death at the tragic age of 7 years old. My father was a blue jay. Don't make his mistake.
    Everybirdy needs to hear this message and seize life by the wings. Hatoful boyfriend is a game about love, acceptance and the ability to be hit on by pigeons. Is Hatoful Boyfriend perfect? No. But is it perfect? Yes. To say that Hatoful Boyfriend is a turning point in the dating sim genre but in the technological advance of civilization itself is not hyperbolic of a statement enough. I think of Hatoful Boyfriend both when i cry and when I make love. It is a wonderful piece of art that is better than any other work I have ever experienced. Also, fair warning, you might make a cum in yourself.
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  3. CSM
    Jan 10, 2015
    10
    Simply the greatest visual novel on pigeon dating ever made. Don't confuse this is for a one-trick laugh pony however. This animal goes a lotSimply the greatest visual novel on pigeon dating ever made. Don't confuse this is for a one-trick laugh pony however. This animal goes a lot further than simple **** and giggles. Expect to be surprised if you ever reach the final ending. Expand
  4. Jan 2, 2015
    10
    First of all, this isn't a game, it's a visual novel, if you consider VNs videogames, then so be it whatever.

    Anyways, it starts off as
    First of all, this isn't a game, it's a visual novel, if you consider VNs videogames, then so be it whatever.

    Anyways, it starts off as this funny game where you date birds and woo you date birds and lol you date birds!

    And then you realise that the game as actually so SO much more than that.

    And then you go through and get to the final ending because you liked the game because it's more than just a dating sim with birds!

    Aaaaand then you finish said final path and find that this one of the strangest, yet best experiences you've gone through.
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  5. Aug 26, 2014
    10
    Forget the clearly and regretfully uninformed reviews. This game is a shining example of what's possible with the visual novel as a medium.Forget the clearly and regretfully uninformed reviews. This game is a shining example of what's possible with the visual novel as a medium.

    Ever think too hard about something funny and realize that in order for it to be funny something else terrible had to have happened?

    Well, Hatoful Boyfriend is basically that, but in game form. Of course, it starts out hilarious and outlandish. But when the backstory rears its ugly head, it takes its seemingly kooky world, and meticulously and horribly explains how it came to be the way it is. And it isn't pleasant, not one bit. Sometimes you'll still laugh, but more often than not you'll be crying. Over birds.

    Probably one of the best written games I have ever encountered, without exaggerating - such a shame that it's so difficult to talk about without spoiling. If you're familiar with visual novels and/or like good plot in your games, give it a shot, but make sure you unlock Bad Boys Love. And get the tissues ready.
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  6. Jun 19, 2015
    9
    I went into this game expecting a fun, yet cheesy experience. I thought it'd have a bunch of one dimensional characters, and that it would getI went into this game expecting a fun, yet cheesy experience. I thought it'd have a bunch of one dimensional characters, and that it would get dull rather quickly. I was very wrong.

    What I got was a surprisingly deep and well written game. So well written, in fact, that I chose to explore each and every ending. With each playthrough, I discovered something new about a character.

    The writing is clever and the dialog frequently made me laugh.

    The correct decisions of each playthrough are logical.

    It took me 7 hours to complete everything, (and yes, I mean EVERYTHING)

    Essentially, the developers set out to make an extremely absurd game and somehow also managed to make it good. It's cheap and fun so I would highly recommend it.
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  7. Nov 1, 2015
    2
    Really: what the heck is this? A girl going to a school for birds and trying to seduce one of them. The thing is pretty hilarious, and somehowReally: what the heck is this? A girl going to a school for birds and trying to seduce one of them. The thing is pretty hilarious, and somehow funny. It is good at making the game initially interesting. I have made a single playtrough, completed the "game" with one possible ending, and that was pretty much enough for me. The reason is that the game is simply boring. Maybe is funny to some very small audience, to me is not. Expand

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