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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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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.

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!

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!!


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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.

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?

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

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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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.

Wow! What a game. I really enjoyed this. Kudos on such an interesting and out of the box thinking game. It took me longer than I would care to admit to realise what I had to do, but once I did it was all very clear. Loved the story and I hope to see something more from this by way of prequel and sequel. I'm not sure if I missed anything, but I think I got it all. I'd be interested to hear if I didn't. Well done npckc studios... fantastic game! (video playthrough linked)

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someone please help!!


I'm trying to replay the game, but it won't work!!! I've searched for an answer, done what everyone says, and even deleted every trace of the game, but it WON'T RESET!!! There's no Appdata folder, no RenPy file, none of that. 

Please help! I'm on Windows.


Edit: I finally found the Roaming folder! (and not intentionally, funny enough)

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Hi Bright. The "AppData" folder is a hidden system folder, so to see it you may have to enable the option to show hidden files. It is inside USERS > {Your username}. Once inside AppData, you want ROAMING > RENPY. Then delete the game folder within. You will need to delete you main A Pet Shop After Dark game folder as well to completely start a fresh. 

There's no Appdata folder. Could it be because I'm on a school computer or something?

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As I mentioned above, its a hidden system folder. So if you are on a school computer I would imagine they are locked down to hide those folders. There should be an option in the Windows explorer menu to "show hidden files & folders". If you can't see that, the school probably has that locked down. As it's stored in the users folder, the other option could be to sign in as a different user (that hasn't played the game).

Alright.

Or use Win+R

It takes you right to Roaming in my past

I found the folder when messing with computer narration. Thanks for the help :)

Excellent. That's great. 😀👍

there is a renpy file tho but you have to press the game file

So, I tried entering the calling card "secret" number on the telephone after truly reseting the game, but turns out the telephone only accept 3 numbers. so... so far, I really could not find a single place in the files where I could use "3141"... guess it's just a nice mistery for a next game? Or like Dark said, she "will find you".

How'd you reset the game?

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delete the whole game file, then search your computer for the AppData file, then enter the Roaming file and  then delete the RenPy file inside. It should work.

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When I converted the card file into a doc file there's an image of the girl's eyes when she blinks with the red eye at the end of the game

yes, I found that image as well \o and written in the black parts of the image is her name and a number \o

This game was very clever and memorable!

I honestly didn't think it was scary, but I get how it's "horror themed", so I'm not chiding it or anything.

I got the card in the end, but I'm a little disappointed I didn't learn her name. Is there some kinda sequel in the works? I'm pretty sure she and I are supposed to meet again...

if you select the card with the text arrow copy and paste it on txt doc you'll learn her name (and a number that has no use so far, at least in game)

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Thanks for the info, but is that (D***) really her name?

yes. from what I've been told, the author confirmed themself via... twitter I guess? Someone on the comments section answered that to me and I trust them \o

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Well, thanks for the info :)

I'm confused by what you mean by "the card with the text arrow". I have the card, but if I open it with Notepad++, it just reveals a bunch of random symbols and such that, when converted, reveal an image of her wink

open it as a pdf. then you can select the text that shows in the black parts "sandwiching" her wink.

Help! I get this error when I play

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for mac, please read the download instructions which are on the download page.

I read it, but I'm still a bit confused.

I followed the directions but it still didn't work

WOW! ITS LIKE TRACEBACK.TXT!

I get this too!! :( Whyyy

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I feel there is a secret involving the card so i will likely experiment for a bit for now i think i will hold on the to card file incase its used as a easter egg for a future game

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this was such a fun and cute game! it took a moment for me to figure out the mechanics, but once it became obvious, i was able to finish the game quickly and get the proper ending. i love games that are more interactive like this and require you to do things outside of just the actual game. great job!

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but what does 

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DARK
3141 ,"
mean?

loved the game tho, especially the mechanics behind it!

How do I reset the game, because I want to replay it?

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first delete the game folder and then type %appdata% into your search bar and it should automatically send you to “roaming”,if not the just open “roaming.” Open “renPy” and delete the folder in there. Boom, game reset

I absolutely loved this! I've never had a game that used the method you did (don't want to spoil it 😉) and it blew my mind with how clever the trick was! 

Fantastic work! ☺️

I absolutely love the artstyle

I really enjoyed this game, it's cute, its kinda difficult, it's slightly scary, and it's paced really well. Overall well done (also here's the video of me playing it)


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