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Camp Buddy Game

Welcome, buddy! (From the left: Yoichi, Hunter, Hiro, and Natsumi)

Camp Buddy is a Boys Love Visual Novel by BLits. The offical game was released on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

Keitaro and his best friend Hiro join the summer scout 'Camp Buddy', making new friends out of the colorful casts of the members.

However, when the headmaster of the camp threaten to close it down, it is now up to Keitaro to find out its cause and prevent it before everything is too late while also perhaps romancing one the members and finding a boyfriend at the same time. No matter the option, this summer is going to be the one that he won't be able to forget easily.

The main game is currently released. An expansion pack featuring Taiga as the fifth love interest and Yoshinori as the main protagonist will be released at later date. As of November 27th 2019, Taiga's route is finally released for playing to everyone who had purchased the game as free DLC and is also bundled with the current version. An expansion pack with Yoshinori's as the protagonist is currently in production, and will be released at later date some time in 2020.

Tropes used in Camp Buddy include:


  • Acceptable Breaks From Reality: The boys' young appearance for a 18 years old can be somewhat justified as not everyone has finished growing at that age.
  • Aerith and Bob: Alongside the typical japanese names like Keitaro Nagame, Yoichi Yukimura and Natsumi Hamasaki, you also have names like Hunter Springfield, Eduard Fiztpatrick and Felix Clermont. Justified in Hunter's case as he comes from another country.
  • All There in the Manual: Several of the characters' detail and possible foreshadowing, such as Yoichi's key and lock chokers and Goro's family life, can only be known through the official artbook.
  • Always Someone Better: Natsumi's brother, Naoto, is better than him in many ways from his interpersonal skill, intellect, and charm, giving him a major inferiority complex. In his route, Keitaro has to help him come to term with this, and help Natsumi accepts who he is.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Being a H-game, this is inevitable.
    • After seeing his camp mates in bath, Keitaro becomes so aroused that he has to masturbate in the shower.
    • Keitaro can catch Taiga engaging in this during the Beach Episode in the latter's route. To put It in context, Keitaro falls asleep while hugging Taiga from behind, getting a boner in the process and giving another one to Taiga.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Sometimes the POV will change from Keitaro to the love interest of the current route.
  • Arc Words: "I will always be forever by your side" and its variant.
  • Art Shift: The game will shift from a colorful anime style to a chibi art style on certain occations.
  • Beach Episode: The setting of Arc 2 and Natsumi's best ending.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Taiga's group is a Gender Inverted version of the trope, with Eduard as Beauty, Lee as Brain, and Taiga himself as Brawn.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Keitaro and his love interest have one at the end of the game's second arc.
  • Biggus Dickus: Goro is very hung and is fully displayed in his swimsuit. This has not gone unlampshaded by Aiden.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Natsumi and Hunter.
  • Billy Elliot Plot: Played with in Hunter's route. While Hunter loves drawing and wants to be an artist, which isn't exactly considered "girly" by the trope's standards, his parents (both of them) want him to become a succesful bussines-oriented person, which is not exactly considered "manly" by the trope's standards either, in order for him to take over their bussines company in the future.
  • Bland-Name Product: Website variation.
    • Lewdtube for Youtube(.com).
    • Buttreon for Patreon(.com).
    • Instaglam for Instagram(.com).
  • Cast Full of Gay: Apart from the only female Yuri, everyone else is apparently only interested in guys.
  • Cave Behind the Falls: Taiga finds one behind the so called 'Buddy Falls' in his route.
  • Coitus Ensues: This is an H-game after all. Most of the times it comes after passing a Hot Coffee Minigame.
  • Color-Coded Characters - Each character has distinctive hair/eyes color and wears a matching scout outfit.
    • Keitaro - Green
    • Hiro - Orange
    • Hunter - Yellow
    • Yoichi - Purple
    • Natsumi - Blue
    • Taiga - Red
    • Yoshinori - Brown
    • Yuri - Pink
    • Aiden - Dark Green
    • Goro - Gray
    • Eduard - Dark Pink
    • Lee - Turquoise
    • Seto - Light Blue
    • Felix - White
  • Curtains Match the Window: Most of the characters' hair color matches their eye color. The only exceptions are Keitaro, Yoshinori, Hunter, Aiden, Seto, Goro and Felix. Subverted with Hiro as his hair is dyed orange and is actually brown.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Congratulations on making Taiga have a change of attitude! Now you need to prevent Goro from shutting down Camp Buddy via helping on a Fundriser. After you're done with that, you must help the Love Interest of the route with one or two personal problems he is dealing with.
  • Double Entendre: Many.
  • Fan Disservice: The nude photo of Goro is a variation of this trope. While the person in question isn't unattractive by any means, the moment is not taken as Fanservice as Cerebus Syndrome immediately kicks in for the arc once they discover it.
  • Foil:
    • Taiga is set up as one for Keitaro, from their personalities to weather motif. To go into details, he was once exactly like Keitaro, full of optimism and charm. He joined the camp along with his best friend and boyfriend Kieran to have the best summer together, but was unable to have time for him as he also wanted to make new friends and have fun with them, igniting Kieran with anger and jealousy. The worst came during the Sport Fest, where everything went down the hill, leaving Taiga with a shell of his former self.
  • Foreshadowing: Some of the early choices in the story foreshadow the corresponded route character's issue which is revealed in the Act 4.
    • There are several choices during the SportFest about Keitaro saying that his campmates are like his family which correspond to Yoichi's affection, hinting at the latter issue regarding parental abandonment.
    • When Goro questions about Keitaro's reason for enrolling in Camp Buddy, the answer that Keitaro selects will leaves the him wonder about it being too shallow. The one corresponds to Natsumi is tied to his inferiority complex issue.
    • When discussing about the problem with Goro's temperament, Aiden suggests that he must be facing some midlife crisis.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • The Federation of United Camping Boy Scouts is shortened as FUCBoyS. Not so subtle..
    • Also, Corals and Ocean Cleanliness Conservation Society as COCCS. One letter away from a certain word..
  • Gender Blender Name: Natsumi is a name that is more often associated with females than males.
  • Going Commando: Aiden does not wear any underwear beneath his highly elaborate and skimpy Pharaoh costume. Likewise, Kieran forgoes his underpant while wearing his greecian attire.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: The SportsFest event on day eight between Keitaro and Taiga's groups (The latter which includes Seto and Felix so it can be five vs five).
  • Golden Ending: The perfect ending for each of the love interests, achievable by getting their affection point to above 100 before the end of the fourth act.
  • Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Goro. His hair is going white, he already has a full grown daughter, but he is still as fit, handsome, and hung as (if not more than) Yoshinori and Aiden. Yoichi also seems to think it this way, occassionally call him "Silverfox".
  • Guide Dang It: Getting the perfect ending toward each routes require the love interest's relationship point to be above 100, which isn't easy thanks to many of the choices being rather ambiguous.
    • The foreplay minigame. Good luck in winning without using the guide.
    • The "cheating" event, which is basically Earn Your Bad Ending: You need to get the love interest high enough to get into their route during the SportFest, but not too high to be lowered in order to unlock it.
    • Taiga route has two layers of this in addition to the above. The first is the condition to enter his route which requires Keitaro to select the choices that favor Taiga while also avoid triggering the four main love interests' route flags during the Sport Festival (which will cause Keitaro to lose in the final match and move in with Taiga and his lackeys). Next, Taiga has a "Top and Bottom" flags, whose points are tracked differently and are used to decide the sex scenes' variations (Top and Bottom respectively, the game randomly selects the variations if both are equal), depends one how much Keitaro asserts his dominance or passiveness toward him.
  • In-Series Nickname: Shintaro and Leonard go by the nickname of Seto and Lee respectively. You also have all the nicknames Yoichi gives to every single person he knows.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Happens in every route at least once.
  • Halloween Episode: Calling it Halloween is a bit of a stretch since it really is just a costume party, but this is the final setting of Arc 3. In reality, is just an excuse for Yuri to see everyone else in some rather... questionable costumes, which she is very insistant on not telling anyone where they came from. (And of course, Coitus Ensues between Keitaro and whoever was picked as his love interest.)
  • Hot Coffee Minigame: The Foreplay minigames before the actual sex scenes.
  • Hunk: Yoshinori, Aiden, and Goro are rather muscular compared to the boys and are highly attractive.
  • Killed Off for Real: Happens to Yoichi's dog, Yuki, in his route. She dies while giving birth to four pups. It is also implied to happen in Natsumi's route as well.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The game starts off quite light-hearted, but with Taiga's appearance midway through the first act and Goro's temperamental actions it becomes clear to Keitaro that not everything is well at Camp Buddy as it seems.
  • Living with the Villain: Happens in Taiga's route. After Keitaro loses to him during the Sports Fest he forces him to move into his cabin as a result of the bet they had done beforehand. Subverted later after Keitaro gains Taiga's affection.
  • Love Bubbles: When Keitaro and his love interest share The Big Damn Kiss.
  • Love Triangle: Hinted to be the case with Aiden, Yoshinori, and Goro. Also with Keitaro, Taiga, and Kieran.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Played with. The game generally makes it ambiguous how much (real) sexual experience each of the characters had prior to the story.
    • Keitaro himself appears to have some knowledge regarding sexual activities, yet becomes easily aroused when seeing his camp mates in the bath.
    • Hunter has certain amount of (book) knowledge in the subject, but his upbringing means that he never had any close friend, let alone a boyfriend.
    • Natsumi is clearly naive in the subject, requiring him to go do some research about it in his route prior to the Beach Episode.
    • Hiro has a Single-Target Sexuality towards Keitaro.
    • While Yoichi is the most knowledgeable and skilled in the subject, his anti-social personality, along with his familial relationship with Yuki likely prevented him from hitting on with anyone in and out of the camp.
    • Taiga, as well as Keitaro, has some knowledge regarding the subject, the fact that he had a boyfriend until the Sportsfest incident during the previous summer term seems to help this statement. During a scene in the beach trip in his route however, it seems like that was the first time he ever got engaged in sexual activities with someone else. Kieran's wording also suggests that they really never had gone anywhere farther than a massage.
  • Mood Whiplash: The game can go anywhere from comedic to serious moments and vice versa.
    • The campers passing around a nude photo of Goro supposedly taken by Keitaro almost resulting in him getting expelled.
    • The light hearted off-season Halloween at the end of Act 3 is quickly eclipsed by various heartbreaking moment for the love interests in Act 4.
    • In Taiga route, because the nude photo incident not happening, the whiplash instead happens in Act 3 and Act 4 thanks to Taiga's old flame Kieran.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Pretty much every guy in one way or another.
    • Yoichi serves as the game main fanservice attendant due to his noticeably more muscular build among the boys and his tendency to get out of clothes whenever possible. Majority of his outfits are highly Stripperiffic in nature.
    • While Taiga may be on the lean side, his choice of wardrobe rivals Yoichi in term of skimpiness.
    • Aiden cannot get anywhere without stripping most of the time.
    • Goro's wardrobe may be on the modest side, but his muscular body and hungness will make sure that said modesty will not hold.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Toned down because this is a BL game, but all of Yuri's clothing accentuates her curvy figure very well. Especially in her Dominatrix costume during the costume party (which was her own idea, by the way).
    • While her figure is not as exaggerated as Yuri's, Heather Springfield, Hunter's mother, also fits in this trope.
  • Naked Apron - Courtesy of Aiden, who serves the boys meal while dressing in one.
    • Hiro also wears one in during an event on his route.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Or rather, never trust the preview CG, especially those of Taiga/Aiden/Goro route.
  • Non Standard Character Design: While the scouts' design and proportions are accurate to those of real teenagers who are eighteen years old or slightly older (with some of the boys having Acceptable Breaks From Reality regarding their design), the four scoutmasters' desings are not exactly an accurate representation of grown-up and developed adults and are more exaggerated design-wise for the sake of Fanservice; Yoshinori, Aiden and Goro are ridiculously Hunk and Yuri's Impossible Hourglass Figure is not easy to miss. Somewhat justified since their field of work requires them to be physically active and remain in shape.
  • Official Kiss: When Keitaro and his love interest truly confess their feelings for each other and upgrade to a couple.
  • One Scene, Two Monologues: The two "crack scenes" which feature Yoichi/Hiro and Natsumi/Hunter pairings are the same sex scenes with different dialogues and context depending on the route. Also, some random scenes are just the same scenes replayed differently, with Yuki's death existing in other routes but not show in detail except in Yoichi Route.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: During the first night of camping at the prairies, Yuri refrains from her usual BL fan tendency (aka Foe Yay shipping) and instead remains calm and serious while providing Keitaro emotional support regarding his relationship with Taiga, hinting that the latter is currently having a serious problem. She immediate goes back to her usual persona once the two start to patch up their relationship.
    • Yoichi is anti-social, yet he enrolled in the camp far longer than anyone including Natsumi. He also teases his friends for his own amusement and usually labels things as "lame", but he can be one, if the most, serious person in the place when his friends are in trouble or something bad is happening at the moment.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: In universe, this is used for the name of one of Yuki's pups, Keichi.
  • The Rival: Taiga is the self-proclaimed version for Keitaro.
  • Scout Out: The whole premise of the game. The scouts themselves are officially known In-Universe as "Buddies", but they are mostly refered to as "scouts".
  • Sick Episode: Halfway through the game Keitaro gets sick and has the love interest of the route to take care of him while they are both alone. You can probably tell where this is going.
  • Ship Tease: Apart from being able to set up Keitaro with any of the five Love Interests, there are also a lot of ship tease moments between other characters, which especially includes the Love Interests themselves.
    • Yoichi and Hiro get a lot of this. To start things off, they are both Vitriolic Best Buds and can't stop arguing and teasing each other most of the time, and sometimes they can look Like an Old Married Couple. In the routes in which neither of them is the Love Interest they are usually seen together most of the time, and one will usually tell the other to tag along with him in case they have to leave the scene. One example of this includes Hiro asking Yoichi to join him at the shower (in Natsumi's route). In Taiga's route, when Yuri purposes to the scouts baking cookies and giving them to the person they appreciate the most (as she would like to see some Love Confessions as well), Yoichi expects to get a cookie from Hiro. In Hiro's route, Yoichi is more on the "best bud" side than the "vitriolic" one to Hiro, as the latter is struggling with Keitaro being oblivious to his feelings for him. Last but not least, should the player let either Yoichi or Hiro's affection for Keitaro reach zero during either of their routes, they will hook up with each other.
    • Natsumi and Hunter are also worth talking about. They are usually seen together in the routes in which neither of them are Keitaro's Love Interest and have a big brother-little brother relationship with each other, (accentuated in the way Natsumi towers over Hunter) especially during Hunter's route. Natsumi usually compliments Hunter's appearance, which is better noticed in the Shower Scene and at the beginning of Taiga's route (in the latter one he tells him that he has a cute butt in front of Keitaro, much to Hunter's embarrassment). As stated above, they are usually seen together and one will tell the other to tag along with him in case they have to leave the scene, an example of this is during Yuri's costume party, in which they both decide to practice roleplay (in Taiga's route). As mentioned with Hiro and Yoichi, during the event Yuri organizes in Taiga's route, Hunter states that he wouldn't mind receiving a cookie from Natsumi. And finally, should the player let either Hunter or Natsumi's affection meters for Keitaro reach zero in either of their routes, they will eventually hook Up with each other.
    • Stepping away from the Love Interests, we have Those Two Guys, Seto and Felix. To begin with, they are both alone in the same cabin and have contrasting personalities, Felix being timid and quiet and Seto being laid-back and outgoing, Felix usually stays with him for comfort. They also compliment each other nicely with Felix being a bit of a Cloudcuckoolander and Seto being his mind in order to help him get his feet back on Earth. As to be expected from Those Two Guys, it's very rare to see one without the other, one of the few examples being the Camp's Fundraising activity. Also, Seto states during the beach trip that he'd rather sleep in a tent together with Felix rather than sleep with either Keitaro or Taiga's groups.
  • Shout Out: Yoichi gives Yoshinori the nickname "Sheriff Brokeback" after Aiden (accidently?) revealed that he and the latter slept naked together in the same tent during the beach trip. Given that Yoichi is right in his hunch about the characters' romantic moments and Yuri's thoughts every time, along with Yoshinori's hinted emotional dependent on Aiden, this may not be far from the truth.
  • Shower of Love: Yoichi and Hiro's best endings feature this. It almost happens in Taiga's route as well, but It is interrupted before anything can happen.
  • Shower Scene: The four main boys get one during the seventh day, much to the arousal of Keitaro as mentioned avobe. Taiga gets two during his route.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Keitaro gives one to Natsumi in his route when the latter gets tounge-tied trying to tell him how he feels about him. Bonus points since it is also The Big Damn Kiss between the two of them.
  • STD Immunity: Keitaro and his love interests don't appear to be worried about the lack of a condom during their sexual intercourses, which seems to show that sexual transmitted diseases do not seem to exist in the world of Camp Buddy.
  • Straight Gay: If it wasn't for the fact that this is a BL game and the... circumstances surrounding the cast, you would never guess that characters like Natsumi, Yoshinori or Seto are attracted to men.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Yuri is the only major female character in this game, and a Yaoi Fangirl to boots.
  • Stripperiffic
    • As noted by Keitaro, Yoichi's choice of swimsuit is rather small for his size, and thus doesn't really cover up much. More so in Taiga's case, since his is a low-cut bikini pant.
    • Goro wears a modest black brief, which isn't much to say considering his oversize equipment.
    • Half of the cast (Yoichi, Hunter, Taiga and Aiden) wear such costumes during the party in Act 3.
  • Summer Campy: Averted. Camp Buddy is presented as a clean enviroment, the food is really good as seen by the campers' reactions, the scoutmasters are people who both like and are serious about their jobs (even if some of them can have some rather... interesting traits...), the activities organized are well-received and the other scouts themselves are friendly people for the most part. The most noticeable aspect is that the campers enjoy being at the Camp so much that most of them return for the following years.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Eduard and Lee, Taiga's lackeys. Subverted later on.
  • Thriving Ghost Town: Zig Zagged. Without counting cameo characters and characters exclusive to specific routes, only fourteen people are seen in Camp Buddy. However, the mess hall does feature campers eating and talking in the background most of the time.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Yuki's collar in Yoichi's route, which he gave to Keitaro.
  • Those Two Guys: Seto and Felix.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: During Taiga's route, you're given several options to lash out against Taiga's ex, Kieran, by being clingy and possessive toward Taiga, among others. Naturally, the game punishes you hard if you go on with this, with Taiga refusing to forgive you for peeking his diary and prying into his past, ending with both of you breaking up and never being able to speak to/see each others again.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Hiro and Yoichi.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Camp Buddy is apparently located somewhere in the countryside of Japan and is near to the coast if the Beach Episode is anything to go by, however it's region is never adressed by any of the characters. Additionally, the amount of characters with foreign names that, unlike Hunter, are never stated to be from outside Japan makes one question if the setting really does take place in Japan. Also, in Hiro's route he mentions to Keitaro that he might have to move to the country's capital should his mother's health condition not improve. Notice that he says "the capital" and not Tokyo, Japan's capital city in real life.
  • Yaoi Guys: Were you expecting otherwise?
  • Your Cheating Heart: The player can enforce this trope by reducing the love interest's affection level to below 0 after entering their route post SportFest. This will result in said character cheating on Keitaro with another love interest and, unsurprisingly, a bad ending.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Oh look! You managed to bring Keitaro and his love interest closer together, you got Taiga to have a change of heart and Goro is no longer going to shut down the Camp! Now all you have to do is deal with the problems that are affecting the love interest of the route you are currently on!
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