Hatoful Boyfriend Review

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One day, I was rolling around on the floor complaining to nobody in particular that I was bored. Very bored. So I jumped onto Facebook to find someone and tell them just how bored I was. It was a public holiday, so everybody was overseas or in a different part of the country, which meant no one was available to hang out with and, more importantly, not many people were online to hear my problems. Pfft, Aucklanders.

But there was one person who took to my sad tale of isolation from activities that would sufficiently keep me entertained, and it wasn’t long before I saw something in my Steam gift box.

It was called Hatoful Boyfriend.

HB - Title Screen

Basically, my friend thought it would be very funny to buy me a game about dating pigeons. Does that sound exciting to you? Well, let me continue my testimony.

You play a girl who’s been graciously accepted into St. Pigeonation’s: one of Japan’s most elite pigeon schools – despite being human. Ah yes, you’re still a human and yes, you’re dating pigeons and yes, you live in a cave. I know, that was my reaction, too.

Home sweet home

Home sweet home

I played through one pigeon’s route, and it was nice, and sweet, and short. And then I didn’t play it again. A few weeks later another friend invited me over for dinner, and I thought it would be a great, stupid one-off dinner party game: “Hah hah, look at this dumb game where you date pigeons.”

This one knows my heart.

This one knows my heart.

Or, that was what I had imagined would happen anyway.

We went down a new pigeon’s route. My friend, a little perturbed by my efforts to get her to play, tried to make us fail at every turn. I tried my very best to stop her. Until it came to the very end, right up to the last decision, the confession scene: and she blew it. On purpose of course. We offended the pigeon and we went back to our cave. Then we were greeted by our short death scene.

Oh, sorry, spoilers! You actually die if you fail a route. I’m not usually one to give spoilers, but this was the turning point in our relationship with the game. See, we never would have found this out if my friend wasn’t intent on destroying my future with Nageki. Now we had to find out what on Earth was going on and why were we murdered for not being able to enter into a relationship with a bird.

Every week now, I go to her place for dinner, and every week I bring Hatoful Boyfriend. It has now become our tradition and our life goal to complete every route and uncover the dark, twisted and surprisingly creepy truth at St. Pigeonation’s! And we’ve loved every minute of it since. She even bought the sequel for me! (Oh, yeah, there’s a sequel.)

What more could you want? Romance, pigeons, fowl play and murder. There’s something for everybirdie!

 

PRICES
Steam – NZ$11.99
PS Store – NZ$15.95 (PS4 and PS Vita)

Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star

Steam – NZ$11.99
PS Store – NZ$15.95 (PS4 and PS Vita)

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