You are the only human student at St. PigeoNation’s Institute, a school for talented birds. Your goal is to find love in this bird dating sim visual novel. The decisions you make affect your story and determine which bird you romantically pursue.
My friend, knowing that I had not yet played a bird dating sim (shocking, I know!), generously surprised me with Hatoful Boyfriend from the Humble Bundle Spring Sale.
Rather than reviewing this bizarre bird dating sim in depth, I’ll share screenshots of my experience:
In subsequent games, I also pursued the pigeons Okosan (the pudding-loving captain of the track team) and Yuuya (the flirty infirmary assistant).
Before I can recommend that “everybirdie” buy this game, I would like to see more decision-making opportunities in the game. Hatoful Boyfriend is pretty much a lot of text with very few decisions to make. Replayability could be better, too; although there are several different endings and side stories, the base story remains the same each time. That makes it hard to want to pursue all potential bird boyfriends. 🙁
You might like this game if you like…
Dating pigeons (obviously)
Giving delicious beans to your love interests
Visual novels without a lot of choices
Lots and lots of screens of text
Deciding between attending math class, gym, or music class
If you could know (with 100% certainty) when you were going to meet your soul mate, would you want to know?
It’s an interesting idea that was explored in a movie I watched last night called TiMER. In the movie, timers are placed on the wrists of those who want them (most people do). If your soul mate also has a timer, your timer will count down to the day you meet your soul mate. If your soul mate does not have a timer, your timer remains blank.
The movie considers the implications of such a device, too. Dating is now more or less considered a thing of the past, although people still have one-night stands. When meeting someone you may be interested in, you quickly look at each other’s timers. If the timers don’t match up, is it worth your time to get to know them and have a relationship with them? Is it wrong or cheating to be with someone you know is not your soul mate? What happens when two adolescent kids find out that they are soul mates? Is it better to have a blank timer or to have years before your timer goes off?
Should you, as the movie trailer asks, live in the moment or wait for true love?