Hatoful Boyfriend

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Summary

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.

Review

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:

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I show up for my first day at school and I’m already running late! Jeepers!
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I have to decide which school activity I want to participate in. Library staff!
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After going on a run and getting lost, I meet Azami, a sparrow with an affinity for traffic laws.
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I get a summer job at a cafe. Apparently, I have a thing for my boss.
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A gang of pigeons threatened to beat me up and steal my cash! Oh my!
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My quail math teacher is narcoleptic… and evidently occasionally sleeps in washing machines.
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The English translation is quite good. No errors at all.
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The crazy partridge doctor locked me in a room. I’m in despair! Thankfully, the math teacher is there to rescue me.
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After my rescue, I apparently confess to my math teacher that I have feelings for him. He says I’m a little young, but to come back to him after I graduate. He’ll be waiting for me. Sudden cut to game credits.

In subsequent games, I also pursued the pigeons Okosan (the pudding-loving captain of the track team) and Yuuya (the flirty infirmary assistant).

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Our class decided to have a “maid cafe.” My crush, Okosan, would rather be nude than wear his maid costume.
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Yuuya and I went on a date. He teased me to get me to hold his hand.

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
  • Male birds wearing maid costumes

Want to play?

$9.99 on Steam and Humble Store

Humble Jumbo Bundle 2

The latest Humble Bundle, Humble Jumbo Bundle 2, is packed full of great games (including some of my favorites) for the low price of pay-whatever-you-want.

Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Games

Pay $1 or more for:

  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing – Complete Pack
  • Deadlight
  • Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition

Beat the average for:

  • Terraria
  • THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Legend of Grimrock
  • PixelJunk Eden
  • Orcs Must Die! 2 – Complete Pack

Pay $15 or more for:

  • Age of Empires Legacy Bundle

I have played almost half of the games included in the bundle: Terraria, PixelJunk Eden, Orcs Must Die! 2, and Age of Empires.

Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox game that’s kind of like a 2D version of Minecraft. If you don’t have it yet, it’s worth beating the average for this game alone.

PixelJunk Eden is a minimalistic platformer puzzle game by the same company that made PixelJunk Monsters. It is colorful, beautiful, and relaxing — not one of my favorite games, but definitely one that I enjoyed playing.

Orcs Must Die! 2 is a super fun combination of trap-based tower defense and third-person shooter. Highly recommended.

The Age of Empires Legacy Bundle includes both Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III, which are real-time strategy games. AoE2 is set in the Middle Ages and is one of my favorite games of all time. AoE3 takes place during Europe’s colonization of the Americas. It’s been almost a decade since I’ve played AoE3 and I think I liked it all right, but that it was a let down after AoE2.

I’m most looking forward to trying out Crusader Kings II, a medieval strategy game with a sense of humor that was published by the same company as Magicka. I’ve also heard great things about Legend of Grimrock, a dungeon-crawling RPG.

The Humble Sid Meier Bundle

The Humble Sid Meier Bundle

The latest Humble Bundle is a collection of Sid Meier games. Of them, I’ve only played Civilization V, which is now one of my favorite games ever. I’ve heard good things about Civilization III and Civilization IV, so I’ll probably pick up the bundle to see how they compare to Civilization V. Railroads! is supposed to be a pretty decent game, too.

Pay $1 or more for:

  • Civilization III Complete
  • Civilization IV: The Complete Edition
  • Ace Patrol
  • Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies
  • Railroads!

Beat the average for:

  • Civilization V
  • Civilization V: Gods and Kings DLC

Pay $15 or more for:

  • Civilization V: Brave New World DLC

I highly recommend picking up up the bundle for Civilization V alone and I’m sure the other games are great, too. 🙂

Humble Bundle with Android 5

Humble Bundle is out with its latest bundle: Humble Bundle with Android 5. Humble Bundles are collections of DRM-free video games and you pay what you want for them. As long as you spend more than the average purchase, you also get a few bonus games.

The six games in Humble Bundle with Android 5 run on Windows, OS X, Linux, and Android. You also get the game soundtracks and, as long as you pay at least $1, you get Steam keys for the games.

The Games

I played each of these games for a little while (some longer than others) on my Nexus 7 tablet.

Beat Hazard UltraBeat Hazard Ultra
music-powered arcade shooter

The essence of Beat Hazard Ultra is that it creates levels for you based on your music and then you shoot away until the song is done. A lot of people seem to like Beat Hazard Ultra, but it didn’t do much for me… and it can’t play music from Google Music, which was a bummer. Maybe I’ll try it out on my PC later to see if I like the experience more.

Dynamite JackDynamite Jack
stealth action game with bombs

In Dynamite Jack, you play as a captured space marine who is trying to escape the mines where he is forced to work. You place bombs to draw the attention of the guards, collect crystals to try to reduce time, and make your way to the next level. It seems okay, but not really the sort of game I’d want to play.

NightSky HDNightSky HD
physics-based action-puzzle game

The basic idea of NightSky is that you maneuver a sphere around various worlds using physics. The interface is simple and intuitive and there are occasionally mechanics like pinball flippers, vehicles, and reversing gravity to keep things interesting. I don’t usually care for dark designs, but I enjoyed NightSky and it makes a great mobile game.

Solar 2Solar 2
open-world space sandbox game

Solar 2 is easily one of my favorites in this bundle. You start the open-ended game as an asteroid and after you crash into enough other asteroids, you become a planet. As a planet, you try to get asteroids to orbit you and after a while, your planet supports life and you get ships to defend you from asteroids and other ships. Absorb enough asteroids and you’ll turn into a sun, and so on.  Super fun. I ended up playing a lot longer than I had planned. 😛

The next two games are unlocked if you pay more than the average (currently, $6.65).

Dungeon Defenders Second WaveDungeon Defenders
action RPG tower defense game

With Dungeon Defenders, you get Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave on Android devices, which has a hefty ~700MB additional data download when you first launch it. You also get non-mobile version of the game and all DLC (downloadable content). The game with all its DLC is $49.99 on Steam, so you’re getting a great deal by buying the bundle. I first played Dungeon Defenders on the PS3 a couple years ago and liked it. I didn’t care for playing it on my tablet; though. Although the graphics were great, I felt clumsy using the controls and the build phase took too long. It’s a good game; I just don’t think it works well for mobile devices.

Super HexagonSuper Hexagon
minimal geometric action game

Super Hexagon is a super fun, quick, challenging game. You guide a triangle around by moving it left and right and you try to avoid the incoming, rotating lines. It’s a simple idea, but it’s really tough! The games are very quick (I got tired of hearing “Game over!” all the time lol) and there are only two controls (left and right), which makes it a great mobile game. Super Hexagon is ridiculously simple, addictive, and challenging… and another one of my favorite games from this bundle.

There are less than 12 days remaining, so if you want to grab the Humble Bundle, make sure you do it soon!