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Alien Make-Out Simulator

Alien Make-Out Simulator demands your passion

Hardcore lip locking technique required
Sep 28
// Jonathan Holmes
What do AAA videogame developers do in their off time? If you're Dawn Rivers of Harmonix, you make more videogames. Specifically, you make a videogame for the Oculus Rift where you kiss a multi-mouthed alien until it either ...

Review: Hatoful Boyfriend

Sep 04 // Alasdair Duncan
Hatoful Boyfriend (PC)Developer: Mediatonic / Hato MoaPublisher: Devolver DigitalMRSP: $9.99 / £6.99Release: September 4, 2014 It's hard to explain the curious appeal of Hatoful Boyfriend without straight up spoiling some of its story beats. What is clear is that this is not a simple dating sim where all the characters have been replaced by avian love interests; that would have been maybe too easy and wouldn't come close to the weirdness that permeates everyday life at the St. PigeoNation's Institute. This translation of a 2011 Japanese interactive novel tries to lead you in gently. You are the only human student at this particular school. All of the other pupils and staff are birds, like your friend Ryouta Kawara, a rock dove who looks after his sick mother. Over the course of the school year, you'll meet different birds all with distinct personalities like the stuck-up, aristocratic Sakuya and the creepy school doctor, Shuu Iwamine.  Every few days, an elective day is held which gives you the choice of taking a unique class that can level up one of your three stats: wisdom, charisma, and vitality. These tie into later activities like socializing or taking exams but this isn't an RPG -- there's no checks against your stats before you can complete a task. One thing that does feel out of place is the lack of continuity between scenes. You can pick sides in a fight between two classmates on one day and the next day neither of them will mention it or seemingly think any different of you. Whenever you play, the main story is going to pan out roughly the same, excluding any individual choices you make.  Sometimes, Hatoful Boyfriend has smart dialogue -- even simple things like replacing the term "everybody" with "everybirdie" -- but there are also times when the text can be confusing, possibly due to a mistranslation. It's a weird game, so there's a tendency to just go with the flow and not look for the logical narrative. The achievements reveal that there are multiple endings but there's no clear way of striving for a particular conclusion; a lot of the time you just have to make your choices and see what happens. That's an awfully reductive way to talk about the game, as an interactive novel like this. You're not really expected to manage stats, you're just trying to get through the day to see the next crazy thing that happens. From pudding-obsessed athletes to a secret society that has big plans, Hatoful Boyfriend goes above and beyond the average dating simulator. Occasionally, it doesn't feel quite weird enough to carry the whole concept of a human schoolgirl at an all-bird high school, but there's still plenty of laughs to be had for a brief experience that you're going to have to play through multiple times to fully enjoy.
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Pigeon Dating Simulator 2014
Moving to a new school always sucks. You need worry to about grades, pick classes, join a club, try to find new friends, and fit into an existing social hierarchy.  Imagine that but with the added confusion of all your schoolmates being birds.

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Sekai Project announces Clannad localization for PC

Key's popular visual novel officially coming west
Aug 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Clannad is coming to Steam, localization house Sekai Project announced this weekend at Japan Expo USA in San Mateo, California. The visual novel was initially released for Windows PC in 2004, but has since come to severa...
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Cuddle up with your own alpaca lover in PacaPlus, headed to Steam

Looks a lot more cuddly than a real girl, anyway
Jun 12
// Brittany Vincent
We brought you Hatoful Boyfriend, so you could experience love with pigeons. And now we bring you PacaPlus, so you can get it on with your alpaca girlfriend. Isn't she the cutest thing you've ever seen? Spending time with he...
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Really? Really!

MangaGamer puts Shuffle! sequel Really? Really! up for preorder

Really? Yes, really
May 09
// Brittany Vincent
MangaGamer has just announced that Really? Really!, the third game in the heart-wrenching Shuffle! franchise, is now available for preorder for a June 6 release. It's nowhere near the caliber of Steins;Gate, if my review was ...
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Alone With You

Home creator's new game is a psychological romance adventure

Alone With You
Mar 11
// Jordan Devore
Benjamin Rivers, the mind behind the horror game Home, has begun teasing his latest project, Alone With You. Players control the final crew member of an unsuccessful terraforming mission who would all alone on the deteriorat...
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Doujin Games

Doujin bundle: Seven Japanese indie games for cheap

Sexy pigeons!
Oct 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Groupees has returned with another cornucopia of strange and wonderful independently-developed games from Japan. The service's latest bundle features seven doujinsoft titles, which can be acquired in pairs of your choosing f...
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Please Have My Babies

Conception: Please Have My Baby sequel has waifus aplenty

So kawaii!
Apr 28
// Kyle MacGregor
Despite Spike Chunsoft showing some interest in bringing Conception 2 to western shores, it seems doubtful this Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita game will ever manage to escape from Japan. A bizarre dungeon crawler...
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Jurassic Heart

In which you date a ukulele-playing T-rex named Taira

I love videogames so much
Apr 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
I think we're all pretty familiar with dating sims. They're typically really cute, but mostly they're pretty erotic. Admit it, we've all played them before just to see what they were about and most of the time they're not tha...
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PSone Imports

GungHo importing six more PSone Classics from Japan

Grasshopper's new parent company delivers the eastern goods
Apr 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Half a dozen PSone imports are making their way across the Pacific this spring courtesy of GungHo Online. A trio of titles have already arrived on PlayStation Network, with the rest completing their voyage come May 7. First o...
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Proactive portables
Remember Conception? Yeah, that PSP dungeon crawler where the protagonist must save the world by having magical children with a dozen celestial maidens. Well, it's getting a sequel and publisher Spike Chunsoft seems keen on b...

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Otome Games

Aksys: There's a western market for otome games

Localization expert discusses viability of niche genre
Mar 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Otome games are a niche within a niche. Visual novels and dating sims focusing on romantic relationships from a female perspective, they've never quite gained traction outside of Japan. Maybe that's starting to change though....
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PSone Imports

GungHo releasing a half dozen PSone Imports on PSN today

JRPGs and dating-sims and bears. Oh my!
Mar 12
// Kyle MacGregor
GungHo Online has returned with another set of PlayStation Classics that never made it out of Japan. The Grasshopper Manufacture parent company has announced six titles for release via PlayStation Network as a part of th...
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Collect women and save Japan from giant pudding

Konami unveils latest project from the team at LovePlus Production
Feb 17
// Kyle MacGregor
Konami has unleashed the latest project from the team at Love Plus Production upon the world. Fu-Un! Nadeshiko Collection launched back on Thursday via Japanese social networking service GREE and it looks...
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Keiji Inafune's Niece?!

Aksys localizing game where you are Keiji Inafune's niece

Game of the year!
Feb 16
// Josh Tolentino
I have to hand it to Aksys. They've been taking a lot of risks on titles which, even in today's tolerant environment, would still be considered niche-within-niche. Games like this one, Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (Bakudan Handan...
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Dating Sim

Konami teasing new dating sim romp from LovePlus team

Flirty fun?
Feb 07
// Kyle MacGregor
It looks like there's a new project in the works from the folks that behind LovePlus. A Konami teaser site names series producer Akira Uchida and artist Mino Taro as the creators behind what appears to be a new dati...
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Princess Arthur

Meet Princess Arthur's hunky Knights of the Round Table

Isn't Galahad just dreamy?
Jan 20
// Kyle MacGregor
In case you missed it before, Princess Arthur is an otome game based on Arthurian legend. The game follows a young woman named Alu who retrieves a sacred sword encased in stone before falling in with a group of sexy young kn...

Date the Knights of the Round Table in Princess Arthur

What is this I don't even
Jan 04
// Kyle MacGregor
The PSP isn't dead. Not if companies like Aksys, XSEED, and Atlus have anything to say about it anyway. Every month or two the system seems to add a new title to its library and lately they usually seem of the niche Japanese ...

New Gal Gun trailer is best enjoyed solo

Mar 02
// Hiroko Yamamura
Still feeling embarrassed and dirty from viewing the Gal Gun PS3 DLC gallery we posted the other day? Well, prepare to dive right into the mud pit of shame. Alchemist has posted a new trailer, showing us a...

Dress ladies up after you shoot them in Gal Gun PS3

Feb 28
// Hiroko Yamamura
The wacky rail shooter, Gal Gun has finally made its way to Japanese shelves on PS3, more than a year after the Xbox 360 release. Since the game has shown up so late to the party, it has decided to bring a few tanta...

The DTOID Show: Xbox Live Tattoos, ME3 guns, & Vita Sales

Jan 04
// Max Scoville
Hey guys! Here's our first official episode of The Destructoid Show of the new year. Like, in the studio. With a script. For starters, we briefly discussed our stance on SOPA and encouraged you guys to go make a fuss. As...

Disabled girl dating sim Katawa Shoujo is out now

Jan 04
// Josh Tolentino
Like the first legless man to compete in a marathon, few expected it to finish, but it has finally happened: Katawa Shoujo, an indie visual novel developed by the former 4channers at Four Leaf Studios, is finally out, after f...

Japanese dude tries to look up an augmented reality skirt

Dec 30
// Tony Ponce
New Love Plus is the 3DS sequel to that one DS game where you could form deep, intimate relationships with anime girls. It made some people do crazy things, like marrying their virtual girlfriends. This video isn't that craz...

Katawa Shoujo is a game I first heard about years ago but that hasn't been discussed on the Destructoid main page. At least, I didn't notice any posts after a cursory search. Anyway, Katawa Shoujo (which translates to "Disab...


Talking To Video Games About Women!

Dec 10
// Max Scoville
So, we've all seen what happens when Jonathan Holmes goes around Talking To Women About Video Games, but what happens when I'm alone. In my apartment. Talking to video games. About women. Alone. This is just something I threw together in my spare time. Haven't really decided if I wanna do more or not. Lemme know what you guys think!

Inter-species dating sim gets an English patch

Nov 27
// Jonathan Holmes
So here's the scoop. There is a free dating sim for PC called Hatoful Boyfriend. You play as a school girl who dates pigeons... I think. I haven't been able to get the game running on my PC yet, so I can't be sure, but here i...

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