is a Japanese dōjin soft otome visual novel released in 2011 for Microsoft Windows and OS X.
A sequel, Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star, was released on 29 December 2011, with an English version being released on Christmas Day the following year.
In addition to the main games in the series, Hatoful Boyfriend has made transitions into other media: a monthly webcomic was serialized in the anthology Manga Life WIN+, several supplementary materials and official dōjin works have been released, and four drama CDs based on the series have been made. A bird, Ryouta, flirting with the player in the original version (top) and the 2014 remake (bottom).
The in-game date is shown in the top left, and the arrow button in the top right allows the player to skip dialogue.
Hatoful Boyfriend is an interactive text-based visual novel that follows a branching plot line, with the player's decisions determining which of the game's multiple endings they receive.
The title is a pun on the wasei-eigo word hātofuru , as the game features pigeons and other birds as major characters.
The game is set in a version of Earth populated by sapient, anthropomorphic birds, and its main story follows the player character and protagonist—the only human attending St.Pigeo Nation's Institute, an elite school for birds—as she finds love among her avian acquaintances.Bad Boys Love, a hidden alternate story mode, opens with the discovery of the protagonist's corpse, after which the player follows her best friend Ryouta Kawara as he investigates the circumstances of her death and unravels darker conspiracies surrounding the school.Gameplay in Hatoful Boyfriend is similar to most other visual novels for the PC, with the controls limited to the mouse and the only interactions being clicking to forward the game's narrative or to choose between multiple plot choices.The keyboard can also be used instead of the mouse, with the 'enter' key serving the same purpose as clicking.The save button can be employed at any point during the game, which also features several pages of save slots, allowing gameplay to be easily picked up from prior to a choice the player made.