Pigeo Nation's Institute, an elite school for birds—as she finds love among her avian acquaintances.Bad Boys Love, a hidden alternate story mode, opens with the discovery of the protagonist's corpse, after which the player follows her best friend Ryouta Kawara as he investigates the circumstances of her death and unravels darker conspiracies surrounding the school.
You then wake up in your room knowing only your name and that you are on a quest to date a Macro girl, or at least, to make a girl Macro.
In a short interactive cutscene, you are introduced first to Amy Rose, and then Tikal, who gives your first shot at chatting up a girl. You have a limited amount you can do in a day, as you get tired and need to rest, but you can chat up girls, take them on dates, but need to work and other things to build up your stats to give you a better chance with the girls (Who will often give very clear hints what stats they want to look for).
Other than 'stolen' copies of the game, rumours are that a 'hacked' version of the original release is floating around which increases Rouge/Shadow encounters and is far from supported by the creator.
Many 'spam' sites have taken the name of MSDS in order to get people to their sites, showing that the game is probably a lot more popular than believed by the creator.
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.
With Chaos Emeralds, you needed to have a Random-ish object in order to 'collect' the emerald, else you could come back the next day for a chance to meet Shadow or Rouge for a chance to win the emerald in a simple quiz, OR, a third option, if you failed, you could track the thief down and buy the emerald from them.
Once you had gotten your chosen girl to a set level (Girlfriend) you could take her on a date to a hotel for the night, where you had an interactive sex scene.
The player assumes control of the protagonist, a teenage human girl.