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languages: english / 日本語 / español (latino) / français

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water the plants, feed the pets, and DON'T turn off the lights.

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A PET SHOP AFTER DARK is a horror point-and-click visual novel where you've taken on an odd job at a little pet shop. the owner tells you the job is easy - all you have to do is water the plants, feed the pets, and stay the night. there's just one thing - do NOT, under any circumstances, turn off the lights.

play time is ~30 minutes.

this game was made for summer slow jams august 2020: horror games.

the game is free, but if you pay $3 or more, you can support me in my game-making adventures & also receive a digital art collection that includes all art from the game along with design sketches!

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content warning: slight horror themes

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CREDITS:

story/code/art by npckc
music by sdhizumi 
sfx by pocket sound
translation by dunkelheyt (esla), gregory karcher "tagyru" (fr)

special thanks to cloverfirefly & armin

get the soundtrack here!
a pet shop after dark - original soundtrack

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other things i've worked on can be found here! you can comment right here or on twitter with your thoughts.  

if you like my work and want to support me, you can buy me a coffee or check out my patreon!

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note: for those of you playing on mac or using the itch.io launcher, you may have to do a bit of extra searching to finish the game...

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lightsoffgame-1.01-linux.tar.bz2 33 MB
Version 1.01
a-pet-shop-after-dark-osx.zip 28 MB
Version 1.01
a-pet-shop-after-dark-win.zip 29 MB
Version 1.01
a pet shop after dark - art collection.pdf 4 MB
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I didn't expect that mechanic, but I really enjoyed it. I hope we find out what the card does eventually! Also the art style is wonderful. 

This game ... WOW!! I absolutely LOVED this game! It was a fun and unique experience! Plus I made a new friend! Pity I don't even know her name ... but she is still my new friend ^^

Great game!! Look forward to what you'll create in the future! 

Has anyone noticed, that the number 3141 is 3,414 - the number of Pi? That might be a hint.

yeah i do need something but how do i let her know hmmmmm

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Not sure if the card does anything, but it's cool

Wow , the game is really cool , success dev. Now i have her card i can be who i want ...... and do what i want ..... i want ..... ANOTHER GAME LIKE THAT. Haha ;)  

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I am a genius! I end up the game (whit the good ending I guess). I watch a video of how to close the light. It is so funny. (the fish must be starving)...              .....huh...........             .....Is .....odd..... Why can't I play.....


















































































                   ...............' and I will find you'..........  .....it said........





It starts getting weir.d........................................ I start getting scared............... ....................... is it only me?................ It gives me the creeps.......           ...........should I change something?................                          .........What?................                             ...................if I close it ........... It will work...........             ..................don't it...........                                ..............?            




           ....why is there something called ' (CARD)'?....     ....guess I will just delete it.....    ....it has full control.....          ......full control for what?...     ......ANYway.....        ......Isnt like is gonna kill me....  ...hehe....

(Spoilers ahead if you plan on playing!! but long story short, you should definitely give it a go!)

This game is really great and always kept me wanting to see more! I also love the fourth wall breaking and it really felt like she was talking to me at the end. And the messing with the files and stuff is really cool too! I really love it and I'm excited to play more from you! 

I haven't turned off the lights yet, but when I finished my first playthrough, there were more things in the files, but the most interesting thing was called (LIGHT)

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I love games that have this special mechanic!!!

Great game!!









Loved the PDF!

Fantastic game.  Love how you can alter events by changing things in the folder. Very creative.

I had an absolute blast with this one! Definitely recommend it! Excellent art, fun puzzles, and it's something new and different from anything I've played. Five stars!

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This game is so fun though. I was like how do I delete the light but it's literally playing around with the files. I think the seed she wants us to plant is the other girl's heart or something. Keep replaying it until you unlock her calling card because that breaking the fourth wall moment was creepy. I really want to know how do I contact her with the calling card lol.  Maybe one day someone can find the solution.

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Very cute game, love the art! I ended up having to go to youtube to see it play out though. I kept getting runtime errors, something about permission denied, that prevented certain essential files from being created. Seems it could generate folders and genetic files like (key), but was unable to generate images or text files. This meant I couldn't get certain numbers I needed, and couldn't progress.

I'm looking forward to the return of Dark.

This game is surprisingly good.

This is really creative, well at least for me since it's my first time playing something that needed to interact with the files

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First off: Good afternoon ladies and gentleman!
Ok, this game, this game is fricking amazing! The story is amazing, the characters are amazing, the ambience is amazing! The breaking of the freacking reality is amazing! I love this tipe of games, they get really personal with the player!

I have made a youtube video of the game, if you want to see my reactions, hear my awesome voice, or just see were you are stuck (if you are), come check them out! It's a three part series because the videos were getting too long!

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Help? 

So i downloaded this game on window and in my files it appear as a win file. As far as i know you were suppose to have rooms file to move stuff around but i dont have those files . People say you need to delete the light to continue playing but when i started the game again the light is already gone?

 Is there anything i could do to continue playing? I'm currently stuck at the key part and in the files there are no key as well as rooms

I loved the game so much!!


Quick question:

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I've gotten the calling card, but it's only labeled as a "File" and I can't seem to open it. I'm on Windows 10, does anyone know the solution to this? Thanks.

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open it with browser, firefox worked for me

Oh, that worked, thank you so much!

This game was great! So creative and mysterious! ❤❤❤

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This game is proceeded by intuition, and I love the way how it works.

Thanks for great game.

I hope you to success

yo this game was absolute fire. i enjoyed it very much! you did a spectacular job and i have an amazing time with it. art style is also VERY CUTE!

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I DON'T KNOW IF I ENDED IT (BUT I THINK I DID)

I don't even remember pressing the caps button

I Just Finished Playing It, It Was So Dang AWESOME!!

It Took Me A While To Figure It Out But Was Definitely Worth It 

Aight, the game was great and all, cool. But what's with the calling card?

052 i think is the card

this was SUCH A GREAT GAME! loved it

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Oh my god. I JUST figured out everything, and I swear, this is SOOO good!





Also is the pet shop owner dead or-

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i love the way you have to play with the files to get it right! How the freak do you do that!? I love this game so much! Thank you for making it :3

Hey my Partner and I played this and really liked it! Very cute!

Really liked the game!

what a lovely game! the puzzles could be a little unintuitive at times but in the end you can figure everything out if you give it enough thought. a very unique little story that utilizes some very unique mechanics.

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It's better than DDLC. 

totally agree with this XD

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Nothing can ever win ddlc >:(

Disagreed

the pets are scary but cute at the same time 

Wdym they're invisible

you can see what the pets look like in the files while lights are out after feeding them, 

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You have to delete the (LIGHT) when your playing a second time, then you feed the pets, then there should be a file called (SHOP) then if you go into that file there should be a file inside called (PETS) which has the images of the pets you fed.

Great little game! Cute, kinda spooky little story. Definitely worth a play if you have 45 minutes to spare! I personally love games that have this kind of game play and am so happy my friend recommended it!

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HERE ARE THE PET GUYS      1

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  4

                                        

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LOOK CLOSELY AT THE 4TH ONE ITS A GIF

edit:you have to drag them lololololololol

i dragged 1 and it was a spider i dragged 4 no gif

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you just have to keep watching and you'll see red eyes

nice! I didn't know the 4 one was a gif! That's cool!

I do not understand this

How did you unlock this though

cool concept and the gameplay was super fun  and challenging! I've never played a game quite like this and it was a really unique, enjoyable experience!

This was really fun! I knew what I needed to do, but wasn't sure of how to do it on Mac. There are some comments that will help you with it here, but be careful of other spoilers! Thanks for a great game!

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This... was a great game. Loved the atmosphere and the characters, everything. 10/10 game, I'd buy you a coffee but I dont have any spare money right now.

I quickly realized what she meant by "delete the lights" but didn't know how to actually do it lol.

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