A downloadable Visual Novel for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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When The Night Comes is an episodic fantasy otome game with supernatural elements.

You are a Hunter, and you’ve been called to the quiet town of Lunaris to assist the local Enforcers with an investigation into a series of increasingly unsettling murders.

Immerse yourself in the world of Witches, Vampires, Demons and Lycan's as you slowly unravel the mystery that lies deep within the roots of the town.

The question is, are the creatures of the night the ones you should really be afraid of? 

You might even fall in forbidden love along the way.

R18 for harsh language & scenes of violence (rating will be updated with further warnings as the game progresses)

  • 6 individual romance routes
  • 2 polyamourous romance routes
  • Player chooses their own pronouns
  • No gender-restrictive romances
  • 6 or more Unlockable CGs with every chapter
  • Hunter collectibles
  • A wide and varied range of dialogue options in every chapter that help you choose your path and mold the story depending on what choices you make
  • Your choices matter from the start! Choose wisely... 

Lead Artist: Anna T.
Lead Writer, Programmer and Community Manager: Kris W.
Artist, and Graphics/Animations: Tiffany P.
Writer: Kevin N.
Background Artist: Marina

Music: As credited in-game

Email: whenthenightcomesgame@gmail.com
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WTNC Chapters One - Three (Version 3.0) 170 MB
WTNC Chapters One - Three (Version 3.0) 169 MB
WTNC Chapters One - Three (Version 3.0) 176 MB

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Wow, so much praise for this game. I can't wait for more chapters. I admit, I feel insta-love with Alkar. Love me a snarky, cute werewolf. <3 But honestly, all the characters seem wonderful and i look forward to getting to know them.

I do admit, I'm really thrown off by Gust's use of they/them. I get the whole thing, but I still read it like the dictionary they and them, and it really makes dialogue involving the character hard to swallow. (yes yes, let the world yell at me)

The story and world are both fascinating, and I really want to dig deeper into this mysterious case of murders. And get me some more of that flulffy wolf tail. >83

Also, props to the main character. He/She/They are a really well written and likeable invisible MC.

This game is absolutely amazin. The art is breathtaking, the story telling is phenomenal, and the characters are all intriguing.  I've played a handful of otome games, but it has never been a genre I've been very into- BUT I love visual novels. I saw many peope who enjoyed The Arcana (which is really the only otome game I actively play, in all honestly) reccomend this game so I thought to check it out. When I found the game, I'll be honest, I was mildly reluctant to download it because I feared it would be twilight-esque. 

I'm extremely happy I gave this game a chance though. Not only is it diverse, interesting, intriguing, and every other adjective between, but its a game I have genuinely lost myself in. I lose focus easily due to ADHD but this game held my attention from the moment I started it to the tiem my dad forced me to turn off my computer to sleep.

I could go on and on and on about this game for hours but I'll save everyone the time and not. 

TLDR; this game is diverse and interesting and I highly reccommend it if you're into visual novels.

(Side Note: I will more then likely be posting a youtube video about thi game so I may share it later on this same comment)

I'm very much enjoing the game and it's characters, the art is stunning and the soundtrack is very appropriate and it isn't intrusive.

Thank you for your work and keep at it ! <3

I have played a lot of otome games over the years, and let me tell you, I have never been so completely charmed as I have been by one Mr. Ezra Lyon. He is a witch, indeed, because there HAS to be some sort of witchcraft involved. XD 

Honestly, all of the LIs are charming in their own right and that's hard to pull off with a diverse cast. Kudos to you guys for such awesome characters!

Story is very interesting, especially with the recent chapter addition. As the saying goes, the plot thickens! I have some suspicions about what's going and while there's one obvious culprit I think the situation is far more convoluted going on behind the scenes. I want to put it here, but if I'm somehow impossibly right, I don't want to spoil anything.

Although, of all the hundreds of questions I want to ask, there is one I'm hoping you guys won't mind answering? If not, I understand, but it's killing me. Please, please, tell me we as players can help Ezra and August be friends again. Or at least influence them in some way to stop being silly and talk to each other? They're my two favorite characters at this point. It's killing meeee.

On that note, I love being able to talk to everyone and getting little surprise insights into other characters through them. And that despite whoever we're flirting with, ALL the other characters are there and have meaningful interactions. It's something that's lacking in other games that would have made a good game great. 

Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this! It really shows, and I am HOOKED. Hook, line, AND sinker!

I really can't until the next chapter!

This game is so full of suspense!

You can't trust anyone because everyone is hiding something! I can't wait to uncover their secrets!

Alkzar was fun to see what he would do particularly since i was trying to figure out who was missing from them but i think all of them were there except Harry so i'm waiting to see if I'm right.

Really beautiful art style and I love myself some nice murder mystery. And I love all these awasome characters, my favorites are defenetly Finn,Piper and August. The only thing that put me off is the MC, they feel kinda typical otome protagonist with their blushiness and uselessness, they felt more like a novice Hunter, than an experienesed one. Defenetly looking forvart to full relese and with you luck.

Another great chapter.

Hello! I'm really loving this game so far, definetly going to buy it when all of it comes out :D. I noticed one minor thing though; in some cg's, Omen has claws while in the one from the third chapter and his sprite do not.  Other then that, I haven't noticed any errors. The CG's are all beutifull and the backrounds are fantastic! Thank you so much for this awesome game

I'm dying from the suspense. I love doing play throughs of this game so much though! I'll be waiting for the next chapter!

Just letting you know your audio isn't working! 

File got corrupted will fix Thanks for telling me 

WTNC XDDDD HOW MANY CHAPTERS ARE THERE and when will new one be out??  I LOVE THIS THIS IS SO PERFECT SKKSKSKSKSKSKKSKS im so glad i found ya and this game this is my new drug i love it its perfect skjsdkhsfkljandj, amazing... i love yaa


How many chapters are out at the moment?

Three chapters if I'm  remembering correctly. not quite enough to fully enter the romance.


This is an episodic otome, a new chapter is released each month. 

Hello WTNC team! I just logged onto itch.io after a long while, and saw that you guys were hiring writers - but also realized I missed the deadline which I'm super bummed about. Is there any chance I could slide my resume your way somehow? No worries if not, I'll keep diligently following the amazing project regardless! Thanks so much.

I'm having so much fun playing this! I love the art and characters, and the story is intriguing! The worldbuilding and writing make this game so easy to fall into~

SO LOVELY, can't wait for more! Definitely buying.

Wow)) It's really amazing - each route is different, each romance is so interesting and marvelous. I'll buy it definetely when it'll come in full version or come at Steam. Please, update as soon as you can!!

The game is well-made. I like those small changes on characters face, along with the heroine's observation, it made me feel like I was actually in a mystery movie myself. The more I play, the more I get addicted to it.  Can't wait for the next chapter!


Also can we have a moment to say that Omen is legit the cutest little thing and needs all the love and support

I just created a account to comment that I WANT TO MARRY THIS GAME AND ALL OF ITS LOVEABLE CHARACTERS

This game immediately charmed me ! The characters are endearing, the story is interesting and the background music is so beautiful ; I caught myself enjoying this game so quickly, and I look forward to it ! Great congratulations to the entire team working on it, your project is fantastic.



When reaching the scene with August's office for the first time there is a small mistake in description.

To be more precise when describing "Harold Addington III" - it is said that he takes off the gauntlet that covers his right hand, but the problem is that the character sprite has the gauntlet on his left hand.

I just want to love on all of them right now.

Wow. If I could gush about this game for hours, I really would. Just from the demo alone I'm incredibly intrigued by all the character backstories and interpersonal relationships. The music is gorgeous, moody, perfect for the vibe and general setting. I also really like the writing and intrigue within the mystery; I've always liked suspense, and I hope that the full game features some of that mystery solving (or piecing things together route by route to have a full big picture, so to speak). It shows that you've put a lot of love and effort into it. Can't wait for more. :)

Right when I finish chapter 2 you have given me such a nice Christmas present known as chapter 3 thank you. Here is the video for chapter two so you all can laugh at me. 


So far, I'm really loving it, the soundtrack is especially fantastic. Great job!

I'm liking this game.

I look forward to the next chapter.

I hope you update soon.

More great music, and I'm really getting into the story now.

Will we get to shape our protagonists' personality as well?


As with all otomes, it is difficult to add this kind of level of customization as we will never be able to provide a range of personalities that will please everyone. 

The art is beautiful, the music is entrancing, the atmosphere overall is mystical and magical, and I'm effectively hooked. and I look forward to further chapters! 

I have just discovered this gem and all I can say is: fantastic work! The art is beautiful, characters are interesting, the story is captivating. I wanted to thank you for this experience and I look forward to further chapters!

Love so much. you put alo of love into it and i am so waiting for the next chapter

also i made a video of chapter 1 and forget too love you then as well. oops

I just played the second chapter and i absolutely loved it! i just hope that the choices of the player become more diverse in personality. apart from that I'm totally into this game.  eagerly waiting for the next chapter!

I like it so far

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Do you have any idea of how many chapters the full game will be?

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The art is beautiful, the music is entrancing, the atmosphere overall is mystical and magical, and I'm effectively hooked. Good start! I'll go check out Chapter 2 now. Didn't know is was out already)

UPD: Aww, the plot thickens! And I like the characters more and more (except August, of course).  I have a good feeling about some of them - a particularly good feeling. I also hope that pursuing someone won't lock you out of interacting with other characters too much. I'd rather like to have friends as well as RO's.

Note: There is something weird going on with Omen's art. His sprite is wastly different from the CG's (the sprite's chin seems too big in comparison), and the CG's portray him just as differently (actually, when I saw him in Ch2, I thought for a second that is was his twin sister in the doorway due to eye and brow shape XD). It's like he can't decide what he wants to look like.

Thank you for playing! Glad to hear you enjoyed. Pursuing a romance with someone won't reduce the interactions with the others. The romances will run fluidly alongside the main story and serve as extra scenes. 

Regarding Omen's art, we have two different artists that work on the game. One who does our sprites, backgrounds and some of our CGs, and another that just does some of our CGs. Due to this and their different art styles there will be some slight differences in characters appearances between the sprites and the CGs, and also where we may choose to switch up who does what characters CG in each chapter. We are all also still learning and actively trying to improve our skills/art as we go, as we are very new to this :)

Thank you so much for your feedback, though!

I really liked the first chapter. the characters, art style, music and concept are all very interesting. I'm eagerly looking forward to the second chapter.  when will it be released? and how can i access it? will i have to separately download it or the game will get updated automatically? please let me know and keep up the good work. i see great potential within this story and plot. 

Thank you! The second chapter actually released today. Download instructions are on the download page :) 

oh great! Thank you for reverting back! 

How do I activate the auto-forward mentioned in the preferences?  I couldn't seem to find mention of a hotkey for this.  Thank you!

You can only skip forward if you've already played the game through. The 'skip' button at the bottom of the dialogue box will be clickable after this. 

I don't want to skip any text, I'd just like to turn on the auto so the text boxes will play by themselves?  I assumed since it says "Auto Forward" in the preferences that this is something the game could do?  I don't know a lot about the functions of Ren'Py, sorry.  Anyway, if it is possible to turn this on it would be nice for my carpal tunnel.


There are few VNs that capture me quite like this has. All the characters are charming and I look forward to playing all the routes. The end of chapter one came far too soon! Looking forward to the rest of the game. Do you plan to release it slowly by chapter, or will there be one final update with the entire game in the future? Either way, I'll be keeping a close eye on this. :3

Thank you so much for playing! Chapter One was an introduction to the characters, but the following chapters will be longer and more story-driven, we promise ;) 


Just finished the first chapter and  I can't wait for more. The background music is very nice.  I liked the characters and that you can choose your preferred gender. Can't wait to play the rest of the chapters

Thank you for playing!

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