Instead I became completely wrapped up in the story so completely I could not help but take it seriously at all times. Every detail has a place and will eventually make sense if you really think about it. I laughed, cried, smiled, raged, bawwed, and clutched my pillow in sheer-terror (this is not an exaggeration). First off, a warning: the G rating given by DLSite is a filthy lie.
This has some of the most incredible and thorough writing I have come across in a dating-sim period. A full range of emotions that I would be hard-pressed to squeeze out of a video game... It's true that nothing is ever actually visually depicted (it just relies on text and well-timed fading to red,) but that's kind of like saying Thomas Harris novels should be rated G because nothing is ever actually visually depicted.
Most people depend on seeing a face with human-like features to determine emotions, but without any of those kinds of visual cues the player is forced to imagine those facial expressions. This game is full of humor, but does a brilliant job of sobering up, especially once you start up the Hurtful side of things (and that route is so very aptly named).
Much like when reading a novel, you are transported to another world in your imagination; Hatoful Boyfriend just takes it to the next level. The characters are all unique and have amazing personalities, and the PC is probably one of the best (what with her hunter-gatherer instincts and such) - you'll definitely grow attached to them.
Hatoful Boyfriend is a well-written game, which I can't suggest enough. GAME." The only criticism I have is the presence of the occasional spelling mistake. Back when I first played the demo, all I could think was "haha, pigeon boyfriends!
However, most will not find this distracting, especially when faced with such colourful characters and fantastic storywriting.
Certain endings start to break your heart instead of your brain, and if you get all the standard endings, it unlocks a final route with a sudden turn into a dark, deeply emotional horror/mystery that completely defies description.
In short, you laugh at the very premise of this game, and you are right to do so. It took me a long time to decide how I wanted to write this review.
However, it is secretly one of the greatest visual novels, if not one of the greatest games ever made. The largest problem is explaining how you can actually end up having feelings for pigeons, as you would a human.
I don't just mean love either, I mean rage and fear as well. Imagine how people must have felt when Walt Disney first animated a mouse and showed it to a theatre full of people.
Kudos to Nazerine for bringing this game to the English-speaking masses, and of course, Moa for creating this magic in the first place.