Gameplay[ edit ] A bird, Ryouta, flirting with the player in the original version top and the 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 game is set in a version of Earth populated by sapient birds, and its main story follows the player character and protagonist—the only human attending St.
PigeoNation's Institute, an elite school for birds—as she finds love among her avian acquaintances. 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.
An arrow button in the upper right corner also allows the player to skip dialogue and interactions they have already experienced. As the game follows a branching plot line with multiple endings, at various points during gameplay the player is allowed to make choices that determine which character's romance route the player will encounter. On weekdays, the player can also choose which classes to attend, which changes one of the protagonist's three stats depending on the activity chosen.
Having certain stat values are required to obtain the good endings for each love interest and to otherwise advance along certain routes. These documents can be viewed at any time in the game's archive feature, which is accessed from the title screen.
After obtaining the four specific endings required to trigger it, the player is given a new prompt to either "fulfill the promise" or live "a normal life" upon starting a new game. If the player chooses to fulfill the promise, aside from several dream sequences , gameplay at first appears to continue normally until the in-game date is 2 September.
The player's perspective then switches from the protagonist to the protagonist's best friend, and the events of the scenario begin regardless of any other choices made by the player up to that point. If the player obtains all other possible endings prior to starting Bad Boys Love, an extended epilogue plays after the game's credits upon completion of the scenario.
In the remake however, the option to save is available at all times, the skip function is retained, and text is no longer highlighted. In both versions, the game's interface and controls change from that of a standard visual novel to similar to that of a '90s-era turn-based role-playing game during certain segments of the narrative.
In Bad Boys Love, it is revealed that Hatoful is set in a post-apocalyptic , dystopian future—in which a pandemic of a deadly, mutated strain of the H5N1 virus, or bird flu, nearly wipes out mankind in the year Her eight potential love interests in the original version of the game, who together form the rest of the main cast, are Ryouta Kawara, a rock dove and the protagonist's sickly but hardworking childhood friend;  Sakuya Le Bel Shirogane, a fantail pigeon and snobbish French aristocrat ;  Sakuya's older half-brother Yuuya Sakazaki, a popular and flirtatious but strangely secretive fantail pigeon;  Nageki Fujishiro, a quiet, bookish mourning dove who never seems to leave the library;  San Oko, an athletic, hyperactive fantail pigeon who is obsessed with pudding ;  Anghel Higure, an eccentric Luzon bleeding-heart who behaves as if he were in some kind of fantasy role-playing game ;  Kazuaki Nanaki, a kind but narcoleptic button quail and the protagonist's homeroom teacher;  and Shuu Iwamine, a creepy, antisocial chukar partridge who serves as the school's doctor.
PigeoNation's Institute, starts her second year of high school. PigeoNation's, the protagonist has grown accustomed to the confusion of being the only human in a school full of birds, and is looking forward to her sophomore year. PigeoNation's largely as normal, but with one exception—she begins to have recurring dreams of her younger self and Ryouta, and her parents lying dead in front of an unfamiliar house.
A mysterious man approaches them, promising to grant any wish that they make. Kazuaki asks Ryouta to retrieve their class' box of print handouts, and upon retrieving it, blood is discovered leaking from a corner of the box.
Ryouta opens the lid, and it is revealed that the box contains the protagonist's severed head. Doubting the headmaster's explanation of a natural disaster occurring, Sakuya and Ryouta resolve to figure out the identity of the protagonist's killer and leave the gymnasium, discovering a large metal dome surrounding the school. Elements of horror are prevalent throughout the scenario.
Assisted by the school janitor Mister One, and pursued by a grotesque scarecrow -like being named Labor 9  who suddenly appears on the school grounds, Ryouta and Sakuya begin investigating the dome and the murder. They visit the lab and compare alibis ; Shuu, who Ryouta distrusts, asks if Ryouta has forgotten anything important, to which he replies that he hasn't.
Upon investigating the headmaster's office, they discover the headmaster had likewise been poisoned to death, what they saw earlier being merely pre-recorded footage;  they also find a computer and a pair of documents, one titled The Human Representative and a torn, unreadable one titled Operation Hatoful. The Human Representative reveals that if the protagonist, a symbol of humanity, were to die, the campus would be sealed off and the birds inside handed over to humans as sacrifices—something confirmed when the computer is used to open a small hatch in the dome and students are shot dead as they attempt to flee—when the dome is lifted twelve hours after her death is reported.
They also encounter Anghel, who recalls the protagonist going into the infirmary the day before,  contradicting Yuuya and Shuu's shared alibi.
As Ryouta searches the infirmary for clues, he finds medical records for himself, the protagonist, Nageki, and Sakuya, but is knocked out immediately after. When he regains consciousness, he discovers the protagonist's bloody student ID—now with concrete evidence, Ryouta prepares to confront the doctor and Yuuya, only to find that Sakuya had left to do so alone. Ryouta returns to the infirmary as Yuuya shields Sakuya from Shuu's attempts to kill him; the doctor tells Ryouta that he will be waiting for him in the medical center's basement before escaping with Labor 9.
Yuuya apologizes, affirming that while neither he nor Shuu killed the protagonist, they were the ones who dismembered her,  and asks to speak to Sakuya alone. He reveals that they are full-blooded siblings,  with Shuu using knowledge of Sakuya's true heritage to blackmail Yuuya into assisting him.
Ryouta, searching for a way into the medical center basement, seeks out Nageki in the library to ask him about his death. Upon discovering documents revealing that Operation Hatoful was a Hawk Party project into developing biological weapons for use against humans using the school as an experimental facility  —with a focus on a strain of H5N1 almost immediately lethal to humans dubbed the Charon virus—Nageki recalls that the fire was caused by his committing suicide by self-immolation after months of forced experimentation in order to destroy and remove any trace of the virus, which was isolated in his body,  and that researchers often went in through the chemistry preparation room.
Ryouta, Kazuaki, and Anghel make their way into the medical center's basement through the chemistry lab and encounter Labor 9, electrocuting it using a stun gun given to Ryouta earlier by Mister One. They confront Shuu, who imprisons Kazuaki and Anghel, leaving them to die of poison gas before leading Ryouta away. Meanwhile, San comforts Sakuya, and the two of them arrive to break Anghel and Kazuaki out of the prison.
Alone with Shuu, Ryouta finally remembers what he had forgotten due to the traumatic nature of the events: It is revealed that she died by Charon virus after coming in contact with Ryouta,  as Shuu had induced the virus into Ryouta's body though grafts from Nageki's remains for the purpose of using him to exterminate humanity—since there can be no more fighting between two factions if one is wiped out, this would grant Ryouta's wish.
Ryouta then asks Shuu why he decided to grant his wish, to which it is implied that Shuu's affection towards Ryouta's deceased father, Ryuuji, was greater than Shuu himself would like to admit, and that he was motivated by Ryuuji's dying request: Shuu then recalls that Nageki's only relative—his adoptive brother—was, like Kazuaki, a quail. They reunite with the other characters and exit the school along with the other students and faculty brought there by Mister One; however Ryouta, now thoroughly infected by the Charon virus, elects to stay behind in cryonic storage until a cure is found.
As she had no experience with game development prior to Hatoful, Hato initially wanted to start with a visual novel , as she believed it was an easier game type for amateur developers to make; the format also allowed visuals to easily accompany her stories, something that she, as a manga artist, was accustomed to and viewed as being necessary in her work.
Kobe Animal Kingdom , a source of birds photographed for sprites used in Hatoful Boyfriend Otome route aside, when I was writing the scenario for the BBL route it seemed that no matter how I tried I couldn't get my head clear and into writing, so I caused myself grief every day.
In the end, I finally managed to reach what I felt was a point of compromise, but I wonder how it was? My only hope is that the player themselves can enjoy the game. This is referenced in an alternate name for the Bad Boys Love route, Hurtful Boyfriend,  as well as in the subtitle for the full release of the original game, Hatoful Boyfriend: Similarly, the names of several characters are puns on the Japanese names of their respective species of bird: The demo version contains basic routes for seven of the love interests, and also functions as a benchmark for players to assess if the full game will run on their computer before purchasing it.
The first commercial variant of the game, Hatoful Boyfriend: Plus, introducing Anghel as a love interest, was released on 14 August Plus, a precursor of the full game used as a debugging site for new content and additional scenes intended for the final release, was discontinued on 28 October when it was patched with the finalized full version.
Hurtful Complete Edition, a digital version of the game's soundtrack, a new comic illustrated by Hato, exclusive wallpapers of Okosan, and a St. PigeoNation's Class of yearbook. Few dramatic changes were made, though several jokes were added in Nazerine's translations of the game that were not present in the original Japanese text. Each chapter is composed of several four-panel comic strips, followed by a short story in which the characters are depicted in their human forms. Shitsumonbako , a question and answer corner where the voice actors answered any questions from viewers in-character.