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08/04/2023: Chinese fan transtion available: Link here (Read description)

01/11/2023: Steam version available & new update on itch: Link here

31/10/2022: Campaign for extra routes: https://ko-fi.com/pinlin 
Dark Nights prints and merch: https://pinlin-shop.com/ 

09/06/2022: Spanish fan translation available: Link here

22/11/2020: Russian fan translation available. Link here.

17/06/2020: Polish fan translation available. Link here.

01/11/2019: Uploaded 0.1 - Fixed the bug where you couldn't access the sketchbook and bonus scenes even after collecting all ending achievements. Your progress will be carried over automatically after downloading the new version.


You live in a small, peaceful village. Every day is the same as any other; boring. Right when you wish for something exciting to happen, strange things start to occur, stemming from the nearby forest. If that isn't enough, the locals have begun disappearing. At the same time, you meet four mysterious guys. Will you discover the truth before becoming the next target?

Rating: 16+, for violence, (mild) blood and suggestive themes


 4 routes, each with a unique storyline
 16 possible endings, 4 per storyline
 At least 10 hours playtime - 60,000 - 70,000 words per storyline. Total 270,608 words
 8+ side characters, vary per route. 
 60 CG art/20+ cut scenes
 60 Original background art
 37 Original soundtracks
 29 Achievements
 Opening video
 Bonus material

Q: Will there be a suggested route order?

A: There isn’t an official order, because each route is a puzzle piece of the whole. Although, some routes are more connected than others. Like Zeikun and Sachiro. If you are going to play all routes anyway, I suggest starting off with Zeikun or Sachiro as an introduction to the story. Kurato and Junoru routes are more plot-heavy so I’d do them as last.

If you enjoy keeping hooked on mysteries I suggest this order: Sachiro> Zeikun> Kurato > Junoru. To understand hints given in other routes I suggest this order: Kurato > Zeikun > Sachiro or Junoru.  After reaching any normal/romantic ending of other characters, it unlocks an extra scene at the ending of Kurato.

Main Cast

Heroine (re-nameable) — A bored girl who seeks mysteries.
Zeikun —  A rude and straightforward man.
Junoru— Quiet and mysterious gentleman.
Sachiro —  A lost boy who asks for your help.
Kurato Despite his cheerful personality, the heroine questions his intentions.


Official Site — Development blog and info about the game.
Tumblr — Mostly doodles and short notices.
Twitter — Doodles, notices and fan creations.
Discord chat Server—  Chat with fellow players and staff.

Full walk-through by Emi

Full walk-through 2 by Alice

You can report bugs and script errors here: 


If you enjoy the content, please support us! It will help us with the progress and work on more content.

For donations, you can also refer to this link: http://darknights-time.weebly.com/support.html

Release date Oct 30, 2019
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(552 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
Tags2D, Anime, Dating Sim, Fantasy, Multiple Endings, Mystery, Otome, Ren'Py, Romance
Average sessionA few hours
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Touchscreen
LinksHomepage, Twitter, Blog


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I see there are 4 endings per route, I was wondering besides 'bad' ending and 'good' ending what else is there? I'm planning on playing soon :D

Bad endings end earlier, otherwise you reach a "normal" or "romantic" ending. Both are different and packed with art. Have fun!

So normal, romantic, and bad.... So what's the 4th?  Sryy I'm asking too many questions 😭

It's 2x bad, 1x normal and 1x romantic. That adds up to 4 endings.

Ok tytyyyy :)))


Hi! I keep receiving a message that the archive is corrupt whenever I try to download the game... is there any way I can fix this? I really want to play...

Uninstall all files and try the Steam version. The installation process is easier. If it still doesn't work, you're welcome to join the discord server and we'll help you out! https://discord.gg/b7wwHhx


blace date me


I loved this game! After putting off finishing it for so long, I already did it! I got good finishes on all the routes. My favorites were the Sachiro route and Junoru route <3

I love that each route complements the mysteries of the other. In the end when you finish all the histories you realize that everything fits together!

Very good work! I loved. I'm sad to have finished the routes but hey! I still don't have all the achievements. I'll try to get them!


This game is just SPECTACULAR. I love it so muchhhh. I beg you make more. I'm completely obsessed with both the art and the story.

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This game is absolutely amazing!!! I already played it a few years ago and it was one of my first VN. Since then I played a lot more, and I'll have to say: Never found (and probably never will) a game with such heartbreaking story(s) again! No other game let me feel being so close to the characters like yours.

Though... I would so much like to see a sequel to the storys with a final battle. Obviously one character seems to me to be the cause behind of (almost) all evil in DN - no matter the route (I don't want to spoiler the name here). Often after battle scenes at the end of each route I feel remebered of Marvel's super heroes: We learned to know all the characters as individuum and waiting for them to appear again in Avengers for working together :)

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Best Visual Novel I have ever played.All routes are so interesting, I'll play all the routes.I have completed all endings for sachiro and zeikun.    Chain and Kaichi definitely made my heart beat so fast when they are around me. please,I'm so attached to kaichi(Chain too lol.but he will get a route for sure.yay!!!!) I hope with my all heart for him to be the hidden route.

Thank you so much for developing such an amazing game.💓💓


Thank you very much for this game. ^^ 

I loved it and I fell in love with all the characters. Now I'm suffering because I don't know which I want the hidden route to be, if Kaichi, Biace or Jace. I want them all! XD


So I started the game yesterday and the first LI I chose was Zeikun. I must say, I fell so hard for Kaichi tho TT_TT. I haven't finished with Zeikun's route yet, but looking forward to seeing what Kaichi is like in the rest of the routes. Is it true that there won't be a Kaichi route? I saw a comment mentioning that :c. Anyway, love the game for now! Had to go to bed so late because of it XD. Thank you so much for making it! <3

I'm glad that you enjoy the game so far! All completed and upcoming routes are mentioned on the official page. Since the extra route campaign got 100% funded, I will add a secret route. Who might it be? 


Extra route campaign: Roya / Chain
The first goal of funding one route has been reached! Thank you for all the support. The campaign ends in 4 days: https://ko-fi.com/pinlin

If it ends with only one route, you can vote on which of the 2 characters: https://darknights-time.weebly.com/


can we have a Chain route pls


we reached the full goal and surpassed it just in time! we're getting a chain, roya and hidden route :))




also love ur username pff


NO ;( i didn't expect to love Sachiro so much and now I can't do the next 3 routes because I'm so attached to him😭 WHYYY. I DIDN'T EXPECT TO LOVE HIM SO MUCH

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I´m not done yet but like if there was a chain route?I would dig it up bro makes me blush edit: I´m almost done and real quick? I´m adding the twins and Roya to that list they make me blush hard like damn OK But like imagine a game with them tho like damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn


His route is might be made possible with the campaign on my Ko-Fi. You can check the links in my latest development log.


I am completly obsessed with this game now help...

I finished all the endings yesterday. It was so fun to play 

hey can you help me out pls

You are welcome to join my discord server and the community can help you https://discord.gg/na4EzJX5

TY !!

i am desperate.

i am very sorry but i dont have that one either :c

its alright thank you tho !


I am now obsessed with Kurato pls help


I've just come back to this after being gone for a while, I am austistic and due to that create complex scenarios in my head, and your characters are my favourite to imagine. Particularly Chain, I always love to imagine would a route for him would look like, or even how he'd be able to slowly coexist with other beings with the protagonists help. So when I saw you may be making a Chain route, I was so happy. I almost exclusively played the game for him, Kaichi, and Roya (I hope those are their names it's been a while lol). I will be donating when I get a chance, I'm genuinely so excited. I know it may sound kinda lame but this game genuinely changed my life.


I usually just play one route on VNs, choosing my honest responses, and I wouldn't have even chosen Sachiro because he looks young, but I LOVE mysteries so for this one I trusted your "keeping hooked on mysteries" play order and I AM SO GLAD I DID this first route was SO GOOD and this story is so relevant to my interests I'm glad I get to read everything now in a smart order


I am completely obsessed with this. I finished the game recently and I ended up ordering the merch bundle.
I really hope this gets the funding needed for adding the extra routes!

I really like the story and the routes but sometimes I feel like the MC is a bit too childish or immature for being an independent high school student. Like sometimes in the in-game storyline she makes childish decisions when the truth is obvious. 

I really like Kaichi though!! Hopefully we'll get enough funding for his route~

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finished playing this game a year ago and now leaving a comment abt it!!

the first full length VN i played on itch,,,i dedicated myself to finish every single ending from every route bc i wanted to get every single achievement (it was worth it~) every route was unique in its own way but kurato's route was a personal favorite !! in terms of the most interesting it was definitely junoru's,,his route is where all the pieces really start coming together so it was really memorable. 

while i loved the main cast, i also loved the side characters!! my favs were kaichi and chain. without any spoilers, kaichi is a really interesting character once u know his backstory (and i enjoyed his interactions with the heroine!) chain is a bit of a mysterious character, and plays an important role in some routes, so i hope the extra route for him pushes through!! 

art is also gorgeous, everyone's character design was beautiful and unique <3

overall a really good game, and the bonus content u unlock once u finish everything was a nice little reward as well!! 


I'm in love with a demon~

Really wish there was extra routes for other characters. Like Juns brother, the twins, Kaichi, Ohhhh espec Chain X)


I started a crowdfund for the extra routes. You can check the link on the top of this page. I've been thinking about their storylines because the game still has some mysteries left. It will be my pleasure to work on DN again!

Does the chiming noise when you make a choice mean its correct?

That is an indication for the romantic ending. If none, that choice doesn't affect the route. It's not really a 'correct' choice because you can enjoy the story in multiple ways!


No android download makes me sad, looks  great.


The art in this game is so beautiful and everyone in it is so attractive. Especially Junoru's dad?? What a babe

The GUI is now the default on Androi

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Please add spoiler alert 😭


I love this game so much. I played many otome games and this is my favourite one and will always be. This game can describe the word perfection. I highly recommend this game!


This game is really awesome! I love it! The graphics are amazing, the story is really catchy! When playing, you always want to know what happens next! YOU DID AN AMAZING JOB!! 


Let me just say first, graphics AMAZING, YOU DID A GREAT JOB!! I just downloaded the game and I'm a few chapters in but someone that's not an LI caught my eye...Chain, which is why I'm asking if there's a chance you'd make a route for him or have him and other investigator as a separate game?? Because I would buy!! <3

Please check the latest vlog post because I started a campaign for additional routes! I'm happy that you enjoy the game so far. I hope to get a chance to expand the stories and draw the characters again.


This game is absolutely brilliant in every way. I'm so glad that this was the game that got me into visual novels as a whole (specifically otome-related VNs.) If you're scrolling through the comments wondering if you should download this absolute gem, then YES you should! The art is captivating from the get go which immediately dragged me in, but I ended up sticking around for a plotline that was so intriguing in and of itself. Asides from the main plotline, the romance development is beautiful, each storyline has a plot unique to the others. There is comedy, drama, mystery, horror, and of course a cup of the reader's tears on the side. The characters are all lovable, even the ones that are morally questionable. In fact, I fell for every single side character!!!

SPOILER TERRITORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's so hard to pick a favorite because all of the characters are just...amazing. I didn't like Junoru's design and left him for last, and that ended up being the best choice I could've made. Because he grew onto me. In this case, it was a 'save the best for last' kind of scenario, except I didn't even realize I would like him as much as I do now. The art in his storyline in particular is breathtaking, and his personality ended up making me fall hard >.>

I seriously seriously loved all of the routes. From the surprise of learning Zeikun was the forest demon, to learning Sachiro was the temple guardian (though in a very complicated sense...), finding out Kurato was a cute cat all along and that Junoru was an immortal 'zombie.'  I really hope that the Roya/Chain/Mystery character routes will be created in the end! More content for this amazing game would be so wonderful, especially since I think Roya deserves a happy ending after dying in all of the routes. I'd always hope for Jace/Blace/Kaichi route as well but I understand that it would probably not work out well (and that Kaichi has a girlfriend alreadyyy. still hard to accept ;-;)
Overall... all of these storylines were beautiful and this game will remain in my heart for a long time. Thank you for this phenomenal piece of art, Pinlin <3


Heya Pinlin!

Someone uploaded your game on itch.io. Do you know this person?



Hello Amberbaum, 

The only official download is on this page and affiliated links. I do not allow distributions elsewhere, certainly not a re-upload on itch. Thank you for letting me know. I've sent a report.


still crazy about this game

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ahh this game was so fun to play!! finally got all the achievements so i think im done for now tho

might replay kuratos route later, hes such a cutie :]

How did you get achievement 21? It's been a few months and I still don't know


There is a guide written by 2 people which are linked on the game description. Otherwise, you're always welcome to join my discord server. We're happy to help! I try to keep this comment section spoiler-free or with spoiler warnings.

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thank you, I see what it was now and btw amazing game I got the soundtrack and I love it


This is the best otome I've ever played because of the amazing story and vibe and characters LOVE IT and osts too like I finished it and I keep repeating it , I hope you do a part 2 because I think you still can put more into it or add two routes I vote for Roya and Chain because they're more good people than bad and I also want to know more abt her parents ,thank you so much for your hard work


I started a campaign on my Ko-Fi page for Roya and Chain route. They are one of the popular characters who have untold stories. I hope to get the chance to work on them. More info in the dev vlog!


this game .. has ruined me .. plz .  it was very fun to play through -- despite only getting three endings --  i couldn't bring myself to play more </3
it was really well done n i enjoyed it -- at some parts --  very much !!!

this game will forever contribute to my declining mental state , it may have even declined it farther .. ( half joking , not mad though <3 )

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This game is absolutely Brilliant,  I am intrested to see what else you guys have created and will create. Thank you for the amazing game!!.

My favorite was Junoru, His personality is really fun and his story is very well through out. (Only negative is that I ended up disliking Kurato afterwards because  Chain and him being on friendly terms with him going as far as being rivals. Though this was all because of how attached I was to Junaro  so it's more of a personal thing) Though he wasn't the least liked male lead, I absolutely despised Zeikun because of his rude nature. Though I loved how cute Sachiro was, so at the end of it all they balance themselves off, truthfully more to the positive side since I love Junoru and Sachiro.

(On a sidenote: Would have enjoyed a Yuri Route with our good friend Ikiya)


Wah, this was so good, thank you!! :D

I probably liked Zeikun and Junoru the best, though I think that's just down to personal preference.  All of the routes were so fun!

Let the excited theory-crafting commence!!!


My impression in trying to piece everything together was that MC was one of those blessed souls as we found out in Zeikun's route, but other routes didn't necessarily know.  For example, Junoru did not know that the "zombies" could be purified (Sachiro/Zeikun) or that they were inhabited by bad spirits.  He viewed it from a "scientific" background, which makes sense due to his past.  He also didn't know that the MC drew spirits to her and assumed it was because his "essence" or whatever rubbed off on her. xD  

My guess would be that the state the "zombie" thing puts humans into makes them a perfect vessel for evil spirits?  They can be killed, but also purified, and the cells themselves are also passed down through families as we learn in Junoru's route?

I had the impression that Rasumi's major goal was to drive out and kill the forest demon, which she used the undead to do.  In Zeikun's route where you tell her that you would sacrifice yourself, she sees you as a good little minion since it seemed like she heightened your spiritual powers to exorcise Zeikun, as was her goal all along.  If you didn't play along with her.... yeesh. O.O  I'm not exactly sure what her problem with Zeikun was, but we already know she seems to delight in the pain of others.  She didn't even show remorse when she got poor Kurato possessed! >(  Used him as an experiment!  

In Junoru's route, when you escape from her, she hints that she is using the undead for some purpose... I guess what we saw in Zeikun's route?  I suppose we'd have to assume that he probably (at least eventually) dies in other routes.  Seems like Rasumi is a patient killer and doesn't mind waiting for things to go her way.  ....o.o

I've also been puzzling about Blace.  You have to choose some very specific options in order to get the death end where he accidentally (?) fries your memory.  Based on the fact that you have to choose "liking" him or "preferring" him somewhat to not get that ending, is the implication that he feels too bad to fry you if he knows you unironically like him?  It seemed to be implied that he had a mind-reading power.  And he is such a poor lonely bean. D:

For Kurato, I was having a hard time distinguishing between what separated his romantic from his normal end.  What really changed, provided you didn't get mind-wiped by Blace?  I did all the "ding" choices and, since there was no ding for choosing to wish for Blace or Kaichi, I chose Kaichi since I thought it would bring Kurato more resolution.  That seemed to put me on the normal path?  What was the thing that didn't happen there to separate his normal from romantic ends?  Gaining the cooperation of the twins?  

Anyways, you might not even see this since it has been so long, but thanks again for the wonderful time!  I hope you are doing well. <3  And I hope anyone else who reads this enjoys the theorizing!  It's one of my favorite things to do with this kind of game.  I did get some of my answers reading comments below, like about Chain's ancestor with the same CG, or Kaichi's heart, so thanks for that!  I was also wondering at what point Roya took the potions, so that helps explain the... murder. x)  I was so sure the little jerk had also orchestrated the bullying situation with the poor legless ghost since he had told the boys to come to the school that night, but maybe he just got busy with the teacher. x.x  Interesting how two parts of that story were separated by route.  I guess the Romantic route one where we learn about legless boy was the deeper memory that Kurato was repressing, so it was more key for him to think about?

Gotta admit, having routes for Chain and Roya would be super hot, but I can't think of any way that would work.... out.  xD  They're both so.... murdery. xD!!!  I could definitely see routes working out for Blace and Kaichi though!  Maybe Jace, but I get the distinct impression he's more murdery somehow. >.>  Well.... to be fair, Kaichi is also pretty murdery, despite the fact that he tries to justify it.  <.<  

Heehee, have a good night!

(Also, Chain's name cracks me up. xD!!!)


Ahum, I've played this game like a year ago when I started running out of otome games to play. It was my first pc otome AND MAN IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. It was amazing in every way, the music was fitting and cool, the characters and backgrounds were just so pretty and the story blew my mind. Especially at points in which I remembered something from another route I played, one of the hints that just clicked after processing the info.
My brain just went like: holy damn, so that's what was going on?

Spoilers in the following paragraph.

I cried multiple times too. Thanks a lot for that. Like, I got Sachiro's normal ending and was happy for the MC and him.
Then I got the achievement 'We part again after anyways lol'. Realizing this, I straight out started bawling like a baby and couldn't stop.

The characters were amazing, with everyone having different personalities and histories. You slowly realize the bad guy had their reasons and nobody's completely bad or good throughout the game. 

Thank you for developing this, it was truly amazing to play! and even after getting all the endings, the extra's we got were amazing. Just seeing characters shirtless mmmmmmm

I'd recommend this game to literally anyone. The art is so gorgeous.

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