Fancier Pigeons: Hatoful Boyfriend Has Flown The Coop

dot dot dotThis could only be better if it was a secret game from Valve and Bioware, but there’s very little proof that either of them have anything to do with Hatoful Boyfriend, a game about the complex relationships of pigeons in a boarding school. Haughty doves sneer at lowly sky-rats at St. Pigeonation Institute in this Japanese interactive novel. About pigeons. You might have tried the demo that Alec gesticulated towards a few months ago, but now the the full, official English translation is out, for $5.35.

Here’s rubbish English translation that we fell in dove with a few months ago. Doo you dare?


  1. Zepp says:

    I prefer dating crippled girls. Too bad it makes me mentally crushed . :( Happy single day btw.

    • pl4t0 says:

      Right there with you. A shame this site had to push that one under the rug so quickly.

    • MadTinkerer says:

      Every time I realize once again that Hatoful Boyfriend is a thing that actually exists, I suspect that it was made just so that Kawata Shojo would look less strange by comparison.

    • lurkalisk says:

      Somehow, to me, it only makes KS look weirder.

      I’m not sure what that says about either, or myself…

  2. Meat Circus says:

    I don’t think I could coop with too many pigeon puns.

    • wcq says:

      What are you raven about?

    • InternetBatman says:

      I liked it. I dove right in.

    • apocraphyn says:

      You guys are clucking mad, I swear.

    • Jams O'Donnell says:

      I really wish Mrs Jams hadn’t spotted this game as I’m totally going to get collared into playing this. I’m going to be all red-eyed from staying up playing a silly dating game because she only wants to play peaceful games, which always leaves me mourning for some slaugher. Even when we’re playing Civ 4 if I pick Inca she’s still all pacific. It’s not a laughing matter — I want to rock the destruction.

    • Sarlix says:

      Alright, no need to flap about it.

    • torchedEARTH says:

      Duck everyone, before there is a Greater Flameback.

    • iGark says:

      I normally don’t like bird games, but I liked this swan.

    • Grim_22 says:

      Puns aside, this game does seem to be a hoot.

    • Vjaas says:

      What’s all the roockoos about bird puns? Peckin’ up on these is a sure way to get the (motorically challenged) chicks. Especially when they are grainy and fowl as the ones I see here on RPS.

    • McDan says:

      Imagine you could marry one in the game! What would the hen party be like eh?

      Also obligatory fat bird: Ho Ho Ho.

    • Man Raised by Puffins says:

      @ Jams: Grow some bolles man. Just take stock, palm ‘er off with some rufous bouquet and namaqua wine, then indulge in your barbary pursuits.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      This game couldn’t bee any more about birds I tell you!

    • Lambchops says:

      In lieu of a pun have this:

    • grundus says:

      But do you get to see any tits? (Did that really take 15 comments, or was it just too easy?)

    • corinoco says:

      A game about pigeons trying to date a cockatoo? Owl be staying away from that one; you’d have to be a drongo to be interested in it!

      Sounds eggsactly like the kind of weird game Japan hatches all the time – there seems to have been quite a crop of them lately.

  3. InternetBatman says:

    I hope there’s a pigeon named noodle. It’s the perfect pigeon name. All pigeon names should have a oo in them so they can say their own name.

  4. Sarlix says:

    Anyone of similar age remember watching Pigeon Street?

    • Elltot says:

      Indeed, one of the classic 80’s pigeon based tv series.

      I personally preferred Geordie Racer.

    • Sarlix says:

      Holy crap I had totally forgotten about Geordie Racer!

  5. Apples says:

    Did anyone else read the LP that got posted in the last comments section about this game? It’s so much weirder than you would expect even given the premise. Kind of a shame that it didn’t get as much attention as Katawa Shoujo (although there is some weird fanart out there) but then, the subject matter isn’t as controversial.

  6. Jupiah says:

    I least it doesn’t have any creepy, awkward sex scenes…

    … please tell me it doesn’t have any sex scenes.

    • Apples says:

      I didn’t see any sex scenes but there are a lot of scenes where you get murdered. By birds. You decide if that’s better or worse!

  7. Synesthesia says:

    *inevitable co-op pun here.*

  8. McCool says:

    About bloody time this appeared on RPS. Unless its already been on. In which case, about bloody time this appeared on RPS again!


  9. Melf_Himself says:

    I finished reading all my unread RPS posts yesterday. Today, around 15 hours later, I find 14 unread posts in my RPS feed.

    Do we really need to hear about every single game that gets released? Pigeons for crying out loud. Stop filling up my inbox RPS, you’re not Kotaku, and that’s why I stay subscribed to you :(