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POSTED 18/8/15


HATOFUL BOYFRIEND

Mediatonic/Devolver Digital



Alright! It’s time to go cruising to pick up birds. Quite literally.

You’re a teenage human girl. Well, you’re most likely not, but you are in this game’s universe, so deal. It’s the future, a time where humans have nearly been wiped out, but it’s cool because birds have become all super-smart and stuff. You fought the war but the birds won.

Anyway, you’ve just rocked up to your new school, St PigeoNation’s Institute. As it’s like totally an all-bird school (seemingly except for you) all of your classmates are, of course, birds. Obviously at this juncture we’ve stopped typing in the English slangnacular. We’re talking actual birds, flappy creatures – winged and able to fly.

They’re also – perhaps ironically considering their commonly acknowledged nemeses - capable of being alarmingly catty, which you will soon discover.

To confuse matters further, despite their feathered features, a quick toggle can depict them as what they’d apparently look like if human. Yep, this is getting really fucking weirder by the second...

So, Hatoful Boyfriend is essentially a dating simulator, squished within the framework of a choose-your-own-adventure interactive novel. You’ll spend a lot of time absorbing (often brilliant, if not consistently odd) dialogue, stabbing a button, absorbing more dialogue then rinsing and repeating. However, every so often you’ll get to make a choice, subsequently causing a branch (not the type you can perch upon, natch) which can lead eventually to any of some 15 endings.

You’ll also likely crave pudding.

We’ve absolutely no idea what the team behind this utterly nuts affair were on when they created Hatoful Boyfriend, but we don’t want some, as it must be seriously scary stuff. We’re most happy to dabble in their universe though, as everybirdie deserves a safe environment in which to play out their repressed avian fantasies, innit?

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