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  • Summary: 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Jan 28, 2016
    90
    Hatoful Boyfriend isn't just quirky and bizarre, it's also the smartest visual novel you've never played.
  2. Aug 17, 2015
    85
    Hatoful Boyfriend tells an endearingly crazy story that will have you smiling, laughing, crying and feverishly turning the virtual page. It takes some buy-in, but pays off if you’re looking for something way off the beaten path.
  3. Aug 31, 2015
    80
    Overall this game is perfect for pick up and put down play.
  4. Jul 26, 2015
    70
    Behind the bizarre concept is one of the best scripts of the year, and a game that subverts your expectations with effortless regularity.
  5. Oct 28, 2015
    70
    The best pigeon dating sim ever made.
  6. Aug 7, 2015
    70
    If you can swallow (heh, bird puns) the basic idea, there are a lot of weird and wonderful stories to be uncovered in Hatoful Boyfriend. Just don’t expect to do much actual playing.
  7. Jul 27, 2015
    30
    Hatoful Boyfriend is the food fight of video games. While you can derive a great deal of entertainment from its complete insanity, this doesn’t negate the fact that the end result is a total mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Oct 11, 2018
    10
    I went into Hatoful Boyfriend a lost soul. I thought this game would be messing around as a Pigeon Dating Simulator but Hatoful Boyfriend wasI went into Hatoful Boyfriend a lost soul. I thought this game would be messing around as a Pigeon Dating Simulator but Hatoful Boyfriend was a high quality game from the start to the end. A game that only gets better each and everytime. I would recommend this game to anyone who was once like me a lost soul looking for love but realised sometimes life isn't all about the love. If you don't own this game and call yourself a gamer you really need to get your priorities straight. Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2015
    10
    GOTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Game of theGOTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Game of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2017
    10
    I came in expecting a few laughs after all it is a "pigeon dating sim" but instead what I found was a masterpiece with brilliant and memorableI came in expecting a few laughs after all it is a "pigeon dating sim" but instead what I found was a masterpiece with brilliant and memorable characters, and the more you delve in the sadder the story becomes, this game touched my heart, absolute masterpiece. Expand
  4. Jan 8, 2018
    9
    The game doesn't take itself too seriously and is simple to run through and see a few endings. However, quickly going through to all theThe game doesn't take itself too seriously and is simple to run through and see a few endings. However, quickly going through to all the endings and speed reading most of it I got to the final ending which to say the least is why I'm rating this game so highly. I didn't realize I became attached to these birds until it already happened. Interesting, and not at all what I expected when I started. Expand
  5. Jul 27, 2015
    8
    Alright so here’s the deal. I’ve played a few visual novels in my time, but Hatoful Boyfriend is some next-level **** Ask everybirdie andAlright so here’s the deal. I’ve played a few visual novels in my time, but Hatoful Boyfriend is some next-level **** Ask everybirdie and they’ll say the same. But here, c’mere let me lean in close. Ever wanted to date a pigeon?

    I’ve known about Hatoful Boyfriend for a long time, but with the upcoming release of the PS4/Vita version, I decided it’s time to get hands on and drop right into bird school. For those unfamiliar, here’s the basis for the game: You’re dropped into this world with no context as a human female high school student in a school for birds. All your classmates are pigeons, all your teachers are pigeons, everyone in town is a pigeon. The goal of your game is to continue down a storyline and pursue a pigeon. Everyone dreams of experiencing love, romance and courtship with a bird right? Your main character, default name Hiyoko Tosaka, is the only human and is also in her final year at bird school, and you experience the highs, lows, loves and losses of that last year.

    The thing is, this game doesn’t take itself seriously. That is key.

    I mean, except for the insanely real backstory of the game’s universe, but all that is completely dependant on the reader actually wanting to learn it. Hatoful Boyfriend isn’t afraid to be silly because, at heart, it’s a silly premise. As you get deeper into the game though, you’ll pick on some slightly chilling and really interesting subtleties that aren’t addressed, as if they’re normal

    It’s actually surprising that the characters are so likeable, considering they’re pigeons. Maybe I’m just one of those goddamn pigeon racists. Each character you meet has a unique personality with a fun comedic spin in some cases. Even the slightly more dismissive and quiet characters are written in a humorous way, which I really commend. It’s really hard to write likeable characters, this coming from someone who writes characters as a bit of a brain exercise (I’m trying to say I’m completely untrained and unskilled in that field and have no place critiquing anyone’s characters really but hey, games journalism).

    Admittedly, after playing through the game a couple of times I ended up on the wiki page and got more backstory than anyone could’ve hoped for. The actual plot of the game is absolutely insane. Really creative and unique, but written in such an accessible and often comical way. It’s no wonder this game earned “cult following” status.

    Admittedly, after playing through the game a couple of times I ended up on the wiki page and got more backstory than anyone could’ve hoped for. The actual plot of the game is absolutely insane. Really creative and unique, but written in such an accessible and often comical way. It’s no wonder this game earned “cult following” status.

    There truly isn’t much more to say about this oddity of a game! At least, not without spoiling the story. Priced at £7.99 in the UK, I think you could easily get your money’s worth if you’re into visual novels or Japanese-style gaming.

    ...Also Nageki is my BAE SO DON'T GET ME STARTED!
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  6. Jul 31, 2015
    8
    Pigeon dating has never been so incredibly weird. And storytelling has rarely been so carefully crafted. When played in order with a guide,Pigeon dating has never been so incredibly weird. And storytelling has rarely been so carefully crafted. When played in order with a guide, this game's approach to plot layering shines. Each ending builds slightly on the last, and what remains is a multiple hour long ending that tantalizes and surprises. The endgame story is markedly different in tone and depth from the rest of the sillier tale that comes first, and leaves a lasting impression of intrigue, betrayal, and defending friendships at incredible cost. The extra special ending, obtained with a 100% completion of the game, is even more interesting and emotional. What this game manages to do is take a school girl premise and weave a dark, adult tale. Hatoful Boyfriend is indeed a game for adults, when adults are willing to put in the time. Here's one grown man who will be anxiously awaiting a sequel! Expand
  7. Aug 8, 2015
    0
    It's a weird game but it don't make it a good game , it's still a piece of sh*t and of course a total mess , wut? Ur really consideringIt's a weird game but it don't make it a good game , it's still a piece of sh*t and of course a total mess , wut? Ur really considering wasting money in this **** You will regret ur hole life because it don't worth it AT ALL. Expand

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