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


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


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.

for $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!


content warning: slight horror themes



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


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!


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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Click download now to get access to the following files:

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
if you pay $3 USD or more

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this is literally ddlc 2.0, btw what does the (#) file mean

It's the number of times you've launched the game since there is no manual save option.


dearest npckc,

i love this game so much!! the concept felt like ddlc all over again but set in a cute, dark pet shop with interesting characters. the art is adorable as usual TT i can't express how glad I am that this game was released!! thank you so much <3

help. It’s not letting me download the files

Great game love how you have to change and move game files
what is the calling card for??

This game was really cool. Really reminds me of Doki Doki Literature club. I like the story and how creative and interesting it is to get to the end. I would really like o play this game again but every time I redownload it appears to have remembered that I played. Is there a way to clear or reset the game? Loved it and it is amazing :)

If  you download a free file shredder, it should delete all game files for you including a save


alright thanks my man

This game is absolutely adorable! I cannot believe I didn't play it earlier but oh my gosh the characters are all charming and fun and the puzzle elements are so well done! Thank you so much for making this game <3

THIS GAME IS INSANELY COOL!!!!!!!!!! I won't spoil anything, but I would recommend looking up a tutorial for this game, just in case!! I personally prefer video tutorials cause I can skim through the previews to find the place I'm at and not accidentally get anything spoiled by reading ahead! This is a game that is also absolutely ruined by spoilers (if they bother you), so be careful reading through these comments!!! Anyway, I didn't expect this game to be nearly as amazing as it was, but this is officially one of my favorite games on here!!!!!!!!


For the people who wants to start from the very beginning and uses Windows 10 (I don't have Windows 7 to test this), you need to delete the folder "lightsoffgame - [random ID number]" from C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\RenPy and the folder "saves" from [game path]\game

You will find all Ren'py saves in that folder, so this might be helpful to you in the future if you want to manipulate save's data from games/visual novels that use that engine.

thank for the guide!

So did we just Witch's House that poor shop owner?

Also did anything ever come of that card?

It's a really fun game! I made a video of a complete gameplay with oral translation to Chinese if anyone's interested, it's herehttps://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1ZQ4y1y7VV

Really unique and fun game

Played it with my friends, great game! Loved the writing style and humour.

I'm on an iMac and I can't go into the files, how do I get the key from the fish bowl?

Right click and select show package contents

Is there a way to replay the game? I tried deleting the saves but it won't work and it keeps "known" I finished the game.

my game crashed at the end of day one?

Maybe The Shopkeeper Isn't entirely right? It would help to save power if you decided to skip one of the things on the list... (Hint: You might need to Open a Window that Isn't inside the Game Itself, but is still linked to it...) Just some food for thought =3

This game was so cool! thank you


just letting u guys know, to progress through the game u gotta mess around with the game files - pretty crazy stuff. another thing to help u out, on the telephone in the secret room you call 052. do what the book says


Please tell me how to restart this game! I really want to play it again so I can show my sister. I've tried deleting it and reinstalling it a few times but no matter what I do it always recognizes me! HEEEELPPPPP

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try going to saves and deleting the save files, maybe that'll help. Nevermind that doesn't work


hello I found a silhouette of a man and a woman that have nothing to do with the style of the game but are still in the game files so I wanted to ask is it any use? or whose silhouettes are these?

The gameplay choices with this were fun and unique. Good game!

A really well done one of 'those' styles of game, without wanting to spoil it for anyone else. Lovely art style too!

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To get the game to work on Mac (I got error messages repeatedly during the game) it was not just enough to unzip it in the Downloads folder and then move the resulting folder. That *didn't* work. What *did* work was unzipping it in a new folder on my Desktop *and* then moving the lightsoffgame.app file outside of the a-pet-shop-after-dark-osx  folder that appeared after unzipping.
Fun game after that! :) 


This is a really cool and lovely game! Horror themed without actually being genuinely scary, which is ideal for my delicate flower constitution. XD
I had no idea what to do with the card, so I deleted it in case that did anything. It didn't, and now it is gone. Ah well, My bad I guess! Thank you for the great game!


Unique! I like it a lot. Took me a few tries but the catchy premise hooked me strong!

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It's a very unique game, good job!! I enjoyed playing it! 

very nice game, it took me quite the time to understand how to progress but once I did I had a lot of fun^^


How can I reset the game? I delete the game a few months back after playing it and I want to replay it so i want to know if it's possible?


ok so like, how the fuck do i play this?


to give you a hint: look at your game's files


inhale ok

Important question: are any animals hurt or killed during this game? I don't mind horror themes but I have some anxiety issues revolving around animals being harmed, especially cats. 

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I just finished it and no worries, nothing happens to the animals^^

Thank you so much! I'm eager to play now :D

Update, I really enjoyed it! Now that I understand the premise, I get why, haha. This game has layers to it. Thank you for helping me out!

Ahh the game art is sooo cute and aesthetic. Love it! :3


This is one of the best games I've ever played! It took me forever to figure out, but it was so worth it!

super cool and well done integration of in-game exploration and breaking the 4th wall!


After the owner intentionally crashes the game, I can't play it on my mac without it crashing after almost every interaction I make (I can keep pressing ignore, but it gets old real quick).

Kept crashing after the 3rd night or so


it's supposed to

oh- Ohhh i diddnt know aaa


haha, it's okay. I was confused at first, too

Well thank you for telling me <3 


My wife and I played and I have to say very good job. Very creative and made me use my big brain lol. Liked it very much. Although I don't think we got all the different things in-game.


I'm sad that there's nothing to do but delete the light and progress, I wanna obey the hot goth owner but nothing changes after day 3


SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER AMAZING! The only other game I can think of where you mess with the files to affect what happens in the game is DDLC (Doki Doki Literature Club), but even it's not really used to play the game and progress the story, other than when you delete Monika's character file. But that's it. Everything else to find some other secret content when you finish the game. I really hope you make more games like this. Breaking the 4th wall with the characters and deleting and moving the files is fun. Only I don't 100% get the story. I might just be a bit stupid tho lol

i was thinking the same thing!! (like with ddlc)


Oneshot was a game that did similar things as well. It's really fun and has great characters. You should try it sometime.

the puzzles (esp the deleting files one) are a concept that i havent experienced with playing these type of mystery games. anyhow, it's such a great game :D

Oh wow. We love playing all of your games but this might be the one that had our head scratching. WILD RIDE! We still don't understand it 100% but had us thinking for a while after we played it. Keep up the great work and always looking forward to anything you create. 

For people who are playing on a MAC, i don't know if the game will work. By that, i mean the ending. There's a process you need to do that was difficult to figure out.

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