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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


Features

 4 routes, each with a unique storyline
 16 possible endings, 4 per route
 At least 10 hours playtime - 60,000 - 70,000 words per storyline. Total 240,000+ words
 8 side characters, different in every route. 
 60 CG art
 60 Original background art
 30+ Original soundtracks
 Opening video
 Bonus material


Main Cast


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


Links

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


Demo

  Prologue + chapter 1 of 4 routes
 1 ending/ 1 achievement
 63,053 words
 14 CG art
 Original background art
 Original soundtracks

The full game is still in development. It will be free, because this is a passion project. We rely on a donation system. If you enjoy the content, please support us! It will help us with the progress and work on more content.

You can report bugs and script errors here: https://goo.gl/forms/3olp3xZZGdgu3b3k1

Published 37 days ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rating
(28)
AuthorPinlin
GenreVisual Novel
Tags2D, Anime, Dating Sim, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Otome, renpy, Romance

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DarkNightsDemo-1.3-mac.zip 174 MB
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Comments

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This is probably the last episode of the demo. I can't wait until the full game comes out.

WOW YOU MADE THIS GAME OVER 4 YEARS! No wonder this demo was a masterpiece.

I absolutely love what you have so far, I cannot wait for the full story! Is there any roadmap at all? If so I would love if you shared!

I think it's promising, can't wait for the full version!

Liking the choices. It's getting interesting by the minuted.

Thank you for doing another part! Your reactions are entertaining. I want to tell the game is pretty long, even for a demo it might take a few hours to play through. I hope you'll enjoy the rest!

I played the another part of this game. And reached the song at the end. I don't know if the song has a copyright claim so that's why I removed that part from the video. BUT MY GOD THE SONG WAS SOOOOO EPIC.

THIS is so AMAZING, I Recommend this to anime lovers,
 I hope that you do update this so i can see the rest
 but the are different options you can take so choose wisely,
(multiple stories)
wonderful,
kitty keighley.
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So I played another part of the demo and I am just as pleased as I was with the first part! I managed to reach the awesome song and it really set the mood for the game! Keep up the good work!

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Yay part 2! Thank you again for proving feedback. It was so fun to hear your comments.
You reached right at the part where the story splits in 4 routes. I'm curious who caught your
interest the most so far, or whose story you decide to explore first. 

Praises to the team for the song, hehe. 

werid werid

WOW! I FRIKING LOVE THIS. I love the art style. Also liking the story thus far. My God This game is F-ing BEAUTIFUL. I can't describe how beautiful it is.

I haven't heard someone going so crazy over the background art, haha. I'm flattered by your praises.
I enjoyed watching your reactions. Thank you for giving this game a try! I look forward to more parts
if you continue.

I have been eyeing this otome game for a long time. However, I haven't played the demo yet. Because I hate cliffhangers. If I do play the demo you have released I would be asking for more and I will become more annoying!!! Look forward to play the game! <3

I can understand that! Often I wait for the full game to release so I can binge through. 
If you still consider to sneak peak, let me know your thoughts!

CAN WE HAVE THIS AS A FULL ANIME SERIES PLEASE!?

I really enjoyed this game, possibly the best visual novel I've played so far. I just cannot wait for the full version to come out. I'll make sure to cover it on this channel.

5Points if you saw the "Bright Days" in the gameplay and "Dark Nights" in the outro.
(Oops, that'll be in part two so keep waiting)

Yes, I do intend to cover the full demo! Also the game, when that comes out. Tried my best to make it readable and more like an actual anime, so didn't rush through very much. Amazing game, amazing story, amazing soundtrack!

Haha, I'm flattered. The speed is just right and readable. Thank you for featuring this game on your channel!
I'd love to hear your reactions/commentary!

You can tell a lot of love was put into this visual novel. Amazing art work, great story, deep background music. Seems like a big demo to get indulged in. Would be nice to have a couple player choices thrown in the amount I played there were none. I know it's not always easy to create paths for players when telling a story and, i'm sure there are plenty of decisions to make later in the game.

The demo has a lot of content, more than you'd usually expect. I've been working on it for a long time, I want to show my efforts. The prologue doesn't have any choices until the end. The individual routes got more and some even affect the outcome even though it's a demo. I'm glad your first impressions are positive!

The demo so far is very good! The art, music, and plot is amazing!

Thank you so much for the let's play video! I watching your reactions was fun xD I'm glad that your thoughts are positive so far.
I look forward to the second part, if you are continuing!

I'm playing your game!

I usually do a complete review at the end. Looking forward to getting into the meat and potatoes. Looks like im in for  a doozy.

I'm flattered to see a let's play video! I enjoyed to hear your life reactions. The way you pronounced their names got me laughing.
Your pointer about sound effects; I'll definitely add more for better experience. 

I adore this! Well done. 

i freaking loved this and i tried to play every choice outcome ;3; hopefully this game comes out soon! i caNT WAIT ahhhhhhh its so good! 10/10 recommend. Do get it. yOu will not regret

I can't believe I'll be infatuated with another otome (a horror one evenmore...such a guilty pleasure :'D )

I sense a possible love triangle in Zeikun's  and Junoru's routes. Also, the mystery seems clearer for those routes, meanwhile Kurato's and Sachiro's could be guiding to a very different development of plots : (BEWARE MINOR SPOILERS) regarding Kurato's different cases depends on what Heroine's response to "the night watch scene", and Sachiro's still left in the dark about his true nature although had been indicated as a house spirit (the indication of him become a closet psycopath in the beginning and Kurato's literal work facing a ghost are just left me :


There is an overlapped image in 1st day of Kurato's route, I think (or is it another error I found in another game? I'll check it out again and report it spesifically in the Google Form). However, the ambigious LIs have enough attractiveness that I put this novel in my waiting list ;)

Do you think I should play this one??

Hi, hello, if you don't mind my slight intrusion here, I would like to say that this game is absolutely fantastic and if you're on the fence about it, I say definitely play it ♥

Oh really? Thanks, I'll play it!

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I've been keeping tracking of this project for a long while, so when I found out that demo was finally released, I got very excited. It was a rather long demo, so it took me some time to complete every route and try most of the choices to trigger "special events". To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to the main 4 love interests as none of them seemed to fit my type(I'm into the "yandere" or the creepy/awkward type.), but I was really interested in the plot and fascinated by pinlin's art. Anyway, the demo was top notch. Better than most "professional" otome games out there.     

I was very impressed by the dark atmosphere and how some of the choices really affect the plot. There's a choice in Kurato's route where you can either get kidnapped by Roya or help the school ghost or getting a troll dead ending. There were other choices that lead to very interesting events, but that was by far the most impactful one. I can't imagine the amount of time you put into this project! I can clearly see that you have a lot of passion for what you're doing!                                                                                                                  

I also liked how each character has their own "urban legend". Speaking of which, while I was more focused on the dark plot, I found myself getting attached to the characters. The MC is great, but she's too crazy sometimes(not that I dislike it). As for the 4 boys you can pusue: I didn't really like Zeikun, because I found him too rude and rough. He's not a bad character, just not my type. I did like Kurato and Sachiro. Although Kurato isn't my type, I really liked his character. He's funny, entertaining and interesting in general. I don't see him as a love interest, but more as a friend. The same goes for Sachiro.  He's too cute and innocent, so I see him more as a younger brother than a "potential boyfriend".

Of course I let the best for last! Juju! I didn't expect to like him so much! In fact, I liked him so much that I played his demo route at least 3 times to make sure I learned everything I could about him and tried EVERY possible choices! I usually don't like the gentlemanly type, but it kinda worked for him. How can I describe him? He's so nice and polite that he comes off as "kinda creepy". The first time I met him, I could see that there was something strange about him. He's obviously not human, which makes him even more fascinating. He could be a vampire, a ghoul, a demon or even a witch. In fact, I'm pretty sure that Kurato is the only human out of the 4 huys there. He's the exorcist, the "oddball" of the bunch. Nonetheless, Juju is very, very cute with his "dandere" and extremely nice and polite yet mysterious and teasing way.

How I love long reviews like this. 

Even though none of LIs ticked your ideal boxes, I'm glad the characters are still got you interested. One of the reasons the word count is so high, is that the choices lead to very different events. I tried to make the choices entertaining and not just a variation in responses. The taste in Kurato's route is only the beginning hehe. I have no regret putting a branch in the first chapter. 

The characters have various personalities as well as the side characters. I hope to hear from you again in the full game! Who knows if your opinion of the characters change.

This demo was awesome! The story lines and characters are so unique! I'll be happy to see what you have in store for future updates! Also feel like the sound tracks is underratedly one of the best parts

yO I realllllllllly like this game now :3 I am looking forward to the full game >:3

(I really wanna drag Lioji in to the plot more and get a route or a ending where the mc has no love interest and just solves it with her friends and bunny-cat) I need more cat faces.

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This demo is amazing!!!!

I lowkey want a Lioji route.

Hiya! Just finished the demo last night AND IT WAS AMAZING!!!!1!1111!!!!1!!!


I'm being spoiled by your art and absolutely loving Mayuko's character. All the male characters are interesting, so far Junoru and Kurato are my favorites!


Can't wait for the full version! Thank you so much for making this game ~

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The demo is absolutely amazing so far; I don't even have the proper words to begin describing it. The characters are beautiful, the soundtrack is fantastic, and the CGs are absolutely flawless. (I met two of the characters so far and I already love this so much)

I've been following the development blog for about a year since I happened to have stumbled upon some art of the game on Google. Truth be told, I was enamored by the plot instantly because I have always loved a good mystery game ever since I was young. When I got the notification that the demo had came out during class, I almost immediately jumped out of my chair during a lecture in excitement. 

I'm excited to see how much further the game progresses, and I look forward to any future updates! 

I'm so hyped for this game, the demo was beautiful ^^

Just with one chapter I already feel a bond with the characters, and my god the heroine is just so relatable. Beautiful art indeed it gives you a fantastic atmosphere.

Also Kurato *^*

This demo is absolutely amazing, and I cannot wait for the full game to come out! Ahhh, I would give Junoru my hand in marriage (haha). But seriously, I love every single thing about this ♥

Is this not going to be available for windows?  I would really like to play this but I only have a Windows.  TnT

When you download, you get  files for both windows and and Mac. The 'win' is for windows. 

Okay!!  Earlier it was not showing an install button and it just said not available for windows.  YAY!  It's fixed now though.

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Mind if I can provide a dub for the visual novel? This visual novel seems fantastic to me.  I can see that this visual novel has the potential of an English Dub if I can provide it for you.

I was wondering where players could report script mistakes? 

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You can join our discord channel and report the errors/bugs in the  "error-report" channel.
At the moment I'm working on the script after receiving some reports. In discord you can chat with us and check if your findings overlap with others. Another option is to e-mail the screenshots to: darknights.time@gmail.com
Thank you!