A downloadable Visual Novel for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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When The Night Comes is a queer, narrative-driven, supernatural visual novel. The game has 11 chapters totaling at 490,000+ words, has 60+ gorgeous collectable illustrations, resulting in a total of 80 hours of game play across all possible routes.

You are a renowned Hunter, a creature slayer who has been called to the quiet, strange little town of Lunaris to assist the local Enforcers with an investigation into a series of unsettling and unexplained supernatural murders.

Immerse yourself in the world of witches, vampires, demons and lycans as you slowly unravel the dark 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.

DID YOU KNOW?

Lunaris Games are actively working on a re-release of When The Night Comes with new art, additions to the story, a codex, and more. If you purchase the game now you will get this new version for FREE when we release towards the end of 2020! 

AVAILABLE NOW; THREE  FREE mini-stories; 'Possibly A Chimera, Probably A Big Fucking Cat,'  'Til Death' and the Halloween Special out now. 

Available as a separate download below (to be played post-main game)


Rated M for harsh language, violence & sexually suggestive content.

Our second game, Errant Kingdom, is out now!

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We have six unique individual romances and two polyamorous romances (Finn & Ezra and Omen & Alkar). August is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.

Our story is linear, so once a romance is selected, you will still interact with all of our other cast members! 



  • 6 individual romance routes
  • 2 polyamorous romance routes 
  • Player chooses their own pronouns
  • No gender-restrictive romances
  • Play without romancing anyone OR play a romance comfortably with no obligation to partake in sexual scenes
  • Unlockable CGs with every chapter
  • 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... 

"A Devilishly Addictive Supernatural Mystery" - Blerdy Otome

"This is one of those games that makes you want to play again and again, following every possible course until you know everything about every character, and then come back and do it all over again." - Digital Diversity 

Lunaris Games are a queer indie development team with a passion for creating immersive, narrative-driven stories filled with diverse characters. 

Lead Artist: Anna T.
Narrative Designer/Producer/Writer: Kris Wise
Writer: Kevin N.
Editor: Lennox D.
Artist: Nadine L.
Background Artist: Marina B.
Artist: Tiffany P.
Music: As credited in-game


Email: kris@lunarisgames.com


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In order to download this Visual Novel you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

WTNC (Windows) 411 MB
WTNC (Mac) 410 MB
WTNC (Linux) 417 MB
WTNC Mini Story One 133 MB
WTNC Mini Story One 132 MB
WTNC Mini Story One 136 MB
WTNC Mini Story Two 208 MB
WTNC Mini Story Two 207 MB
WTNC Mini Story Two 214 MB
WTNC Halloween Special 167 MB
WTNC Halloween Special 166 MB
WTNC Halloween Special 173 MB

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WTNC Demo (Windows).zip 132 MB
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WTNC Demo (Linux).bz2 138 MB

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Right, so I played this way before it cost anything and damn. I'm actually so happy that it costs now! This game was what got me into vis novel games - it's just so damn good!! When I had finished the game the first run (Fizra route) all I wanted was more, I couldn't find anything that compared for a long long long while, and even then - I've never gotten so attached to so many 2D characters outside of my favorite animes'. Anyways, I'm so happy and proud of the creators! Even if it means I'll have to restart, I'm so definitely going to buy the new version ^u^

I have long been interested in how to translate everything Omen says?

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Hello ! Happy Halloween to the team ! ♥

I'm met with a little problem here, I can't open the Halloween app file, it seems corrupted ? (windows)

What to do? Because even by suppressing and reloading the file, it still doesn't work.

Thank you for your help

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Hi! We haven’t had anyone else with any issues, can you email us a screenshot of what happens when you try to unzip/play? kris@wtncgame.com 

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I let out a groan loud enough to startle my cats at Holden Magroin, good job on that. Might have to steal that one for my next DnD character.

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I comment here and there to remind everyone how amazing and beautiful our favorite enforcer is~

(In case you couldn't tell, I live August with a passion)

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I've finished my first run, and it was phenomenal. I played the Finzra route, and I'm really exited to play through August's. I do love that choosing a route doesn't isolate you from the other characters, and you still get to form friendships with them. The story was, well, captivating. My only complaint would be the pacing (which isn't much of an issue outside of the romances.) If playing through a romance, it can seem a little fast paced. I don't think it's a big issue though, as the story is strong enough on it's own. (Fixing it could be as simple as making time skips a little more clear, and adding more of them.)

I don't want to end on a negative though, because that would do this  game a disservice. So instead, I'm going to end by saying that I adore Finn's clan and I do hope to see more of them in the re-release.

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Thank you so much for playing and for taking the time to comment! We are making some changes to the pacing in our revamp (due next year) because the game was originally released episodically on a monthly basis, so we will definitely be amending those breaks/beats so it flows better as a complete game :) 

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Finished my first playthrough yesterday and I'm just blown away by the quality of writing in this VN. You all have really created something so, so special. Finn's romance was beautiful and enchanting, I loved getting to know all of the other characters, I'm so excited for the re-release coming later!!
Now to try and pry myself away from my vampire for the other routes...

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Thank you so much!!! x

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Started playing this game a few weeks ago. I am completely and utterly addicted. I could play this over and over again through all the routes for eternity Im pretty certain. The art is stunning, the story line is most excellent and the romance routes are jsut... PERFECT.

Yall have done a fantastic job and I cannot wait for the revamped version and anything else that comes in the future!

Keep doing what yall doing, its magical and wonderful.

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Thank you <3

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Hi, I really love the music at the start/menu when you open the game gives me chills and sometimes I just end up listening to it instead of playing ! Is the soundtrack on Spotify or soundcloud or something ?? I'd love to listen to it on my phone lol

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We use royalty free music so unfortunately we don't have a soundtrack available but you can find the theme here

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oh woooow. I jsut saw some posts from others about this on Tumblr. Came here.... imma just say this now, the art is stunning. Just started playing this and I love everything about this so far.

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Hi! I've finished the main game and mini stories and I just wanna say how gorgeously written this game is! I loved every bit of the story and romance (bless you for Finn btw). I was worried about spending money on a VN, as I've been disappointed before, but this game was well worth the price. I've just finished the second mini story and I might cry, it was so beautiful. Also, the soundtrack really pulled me into the atmosphere, it fit the vibe really well. <3

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Im only a few hours in and very sad I can't kiss Harry LOL I love his design. I mean everyone's design is fantastic but Im lovin that coat. At least I still have Piper and August <3

We are sad we can't kiss Harry too! Thank you for playing <3

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I just finished plaything through the entirety of WTNC and what a wonderfully put together experience that was. I went in blind expecting good from this game and was very pleased by the time I reached the end of all the routes. The art is beautiful which is what drew me to purchase it from the start! The characters were unique in their own sense from each other, No two being too overly similar to the other. And Being non-binary and someone who uses neutral its always a fresh breath of air seeing options for pronouns, and really good writing to accompany them throughout scenes of the game. ( cause sometimes it feels a bit forced but it felt so natural and wonderful throughout ) I've been playing VN's for ages so its always pleasing.

Characters, general plot, and the overall themes for the game made it a very pleasing experience. I think the only thing that made finishing it all up a bit hard would be the repetition of playing through everything since it does have a linear plot. But overall still couldn't pull myself away from it! I can't wait to play the other projects from you guys in the future :D

Thanks for making such a wonderful game that not only made me fall for the character but feel welcome in its world <3 10/10 will be talking about it for way too long haha!

I tend to play through games like this very slowly, and haven't started WTNC yet. It'd probably take me a month or two to play through. Considering the re-release appears to be slated for Q4 2020, would you recommend I just go ahead and start it now (presumably due to an as-yet-unannounced pushback on the release date) or just wait for the re-release?

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We're adding voice acting to the game so the re-release will likely be Q1 2021 now, so it's really up to you! If you play slowly then maybe waiting for everything to be shiny and new might be a good shout ;3

With approximately fifteen trillion games from the justice bundle still unplayed, I will await the rerelease -- with voice acting -- patiently, yet eagerly.

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Enamored with August. Try to play other routes and I just get eyes for August every single time. Wonderful, wonderful. 

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They are quite special, but we are biased...

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They really are so good...but you're missing out if you don't do the Finnzra route!!

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I've just bought the game a day ago and I've (surprisingly) finish all of the routes.... They were all amazing!!!

I always went into VN games saving who I believe to be my type character (Finn) route last or who I think i would love as a friend but not as a romance last (Omen).............. OoO....... I was completely taken back by how much I love Omen route and his past & personalities that where slowly revealed throughout the playthrough...... At the same time, the game and minitwo ending for Omen brings me to literal tears!!!!

Amazing job!!! So totally worth it! 

Thank you so much!!! Props for finishing them all that fast...

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I'm almost done with the main game (playing August/Finnzra routes), and I have no words to say how lovely this story and game is! It's beautifully crafted and I want to thank all of you for the hard work this must have been! I'm a perv so I will always appreciate more ~naughtiness but this is such a high quality game, my wishful thinking is just a silly note. <3 


QUESTION THOUGH! How many endings are there?? I assume at least 8? I envision myself playing this several more times but I want to get to EK and the side stories ahhhhhh


CURSE YOU FOR THIS GREAT PRODUCT

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Thank you so much! SO GLAD you enjoyed. And yes, there are 8 romance endings in total! 

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Excuse me, I don't know if this has been asked before but I can't help but wondering... what or who is this?

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Just a very creepy, ominous statue ;3

Ah yes, nothing unusual from a city called Lunaris.. .I was hoping it was the Chimera or something since they don't have sprites. I'm curious how they actually look like, visually

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We will be adding a sprite for the main monsters in our ReVamp that comes out next year! x

Revamp? Are you  guys going to remaster it or something? D:

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We are! It's being released on Switch with UI revamps, a codex, and voice acting :)

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So I basically played through the entire game in a single day. WOW! The art is gorgeous, the story is amazing, and now I want to go back and do it all over again for the other romances. My one complaint is the lack of female love interests. I adore Piper, but I'd love to see more choices for the people who love women. It's a minor complaint to an otherwise wonderful game.

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Thank you so much! And we totally agree about needing more female love interest and have improved this in our follow-up games! x

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I've returned after a year to play the ministories and I'm obsessed with the game again :D. I'm excited for the re-release and I'm definitely paying for this. August remains the #1 LI foreva. (edit: They actually might go toe-to-toe with Alkar.)

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This game has my heart.
I seldom play games all the way through, I never hit the endings, I just don't generally have the attention span for them. I'll visit them, revisit, and linger til the next thing snares my interests. However, with When The Night Comes, with all of the work that Lunaris Games has created, I have been entranced and pulled in time and time again.

From stunning game art to brilliant writing, When the Night Comes checks off everything it takes to get me hopelessly ensnared. The cast are so diverse, and so real. Despite this being a world of magic and monsters, every single character that you meet and interact with in the game feel firmly rooted and well grown. Things seemed groundbreaking to me when I saw we had the options to pick pronouns, and I had been floored again when I found that I could pick polyamorus romance routes as well. (And the fact that should I have wanted to, I could have completely forgone the romance side of the game as well).

Lunaris Games has a way of making everyone feel valued, and it's clear that this isn't just a quick buck for them. They're here to provide comfort and intrigue in genres that can be so exclusive of different groups of people.

Watching the developers create this, seeing them put so much love and work into something that is very clearly important not just on the creative expression side, but in the personal experience side as well, has been an honor, and I am entirely excited to see how the revamp goes this coming fall. 

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I-adore-Alkar-so-much.i-want-to-keep-tease-him-lol

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I adore this game so much! I've played a few routes in its entirety now, as well as the side stories, and I have nothing but good things to say about it! I love the CG a lot. They're all seriously so good. The character designs and how each character progresses throughout the story are fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed every character, learning about them, and just, being there to bare witness to and involve the Hunter in their lives. Gorgeous game!

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Fantastic game!

I've enjoyed this game so much. But I just have one question, do you plan on doing a android version? I'd love to play it on the go :)

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I downloaded this game over a year ago, and I had no idea how much it would change my life. I've made so many friends through it, and started exploring character creation more than I had previously. The characters in this game are some of my favorites, and I love how complex and human they are (despite some of them being creatures). Piper and August are my two favorites, and I didn't expect to love them as much as I do. Piper is the kind of woman I aspire to be, and I wish more media had female characters like her. August is unlike any other character I've encountered, really, and I adore them very much. Watching them grow and change is one of my favorite parts of this game. Most of all, I love how relatable the Hunter is, and that they're human (more games need human mcs!). I had so much fun creating mcs for this game, and just seeing where they went in terms of their own personal development. Thank you guys so much for this utterly fantastic game. It truly did change my life. 

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I cannot express how much love I have for this game. The love interests are all wholly unique with their own flaws. They're three-dimensional with weight and depth. The setting is unique, the story rich. I love that, for what feels the first time ever, we get true choice in a visual novel. You can choose how your romance unfolds and if it includes sex or not; if it does, you can choose if it's sooner or later. I love that the story unfolds organically and in a way that, while it's an expected end, it doesn't feel stale. I stayed up until 7 am playing my very first playthrough because I just could not stop and needed to know what happened and immediately began singing the praises of this game to anyone who would listen. If you love visual novels or dating sims, this is absolutely a game you should look into.

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I just finished writing my EK review so here is now my WTNC review. I started this game first before EK and it's what got me into being a lifelong fan of LG. I've played multiple vns before but this was the first to really speak to me emotionally. I'm not an easy crier when it comes to media but they accomplished that easily. 

The story, art, music, and the everything really pulled me in and honestly this game (as well as EK) has helped me survive this hellish year. I've even started drawing again thanks to 10+ years of depression because these stories inspired me so much.

This game and EK have a lot more heart and soul than most of even the most expensive triple A games and you get so much content plus future stuff for only $5 which is something you really can't beat. 

Please give this and EK a chance if you haven't already. 

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I absolutely love this game. The art, the writing, the representation—I love it all. Each of the love interests is so profoundly and uniquely human, whether they’re actually human or not. 

But what I love best about this game is the love. It’s both tender and fierce by turns, and serves as a perfect reminder that we’re all stronger together, through love. 

I give this game 10 out of 5 stars, have played it many times through, and am always waiting impatiently for new content from the devs. Easily the best VN purchase I’ve made this year. 

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I first began to play this game when it was still free. I looked at it for a second and knew I'd be interested. Then my computer broke, I came back to see I now had to pay $5 for it. I had the money and I paid for the game. That was a smart decision. I won't give away any of the plot, but the story is just really interesting. The artwork is absolutely stunning, and I'm excited to see the future of Lunaris Games. Thank you f0r creating this amazing story.

Thank you so much for your support!

This game has such beautiful art and a rich storyline! Unfortunately the game isn't letting me play the final chapter? I purchased it so it should have the ending? I'm so excited to find out how this ends, it's such a beautiful story!

There’s nothing that would be preventing it from letting you play the final chapter, can you explain what the issue is/what the screen is showing when you can’t proceed? You can email us on kris@wtncgame.com. 

I just started this game this morning and I am already obsessed with the characters. I discovered Lunaris Games a couple of days ago and as someone who dreams of being able to use my art and ideas in storytelling as good as this it has become such an inspiration. Thank you for all your hard work! 

I do have a question tho, when the revamped game launches on steam will we be able to add it to our steam if we purchased the original version of the game from here first? 

Thank you so much! Glad to hear you're liking it. 

Unfortunately as we don't have a steam page right now for the game there are no keys able to be issued via itch so you will likely have to re-purchase it if you'd like it on there. It will still be $5 there too though. 

will this game be on steam?

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Later in the year yes :)

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I'm playing this game as a series of socially distanced dates and we're having an amazing time! We're three chapters in and it's taking a monumental amount of self control for me not to play ahead on my own. I love all the characters so much and I can already tell I'm going to HAVE to come back and play every single route!

Love that! Hope you enjoy them all! 

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I just started playing this game, and i am already hooked!. The art is beautiful, the story is captivating, and the characters are memorable. Thanks to the creators for such a beautiful game, you guys are amazing.

Thank you so much!

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Completely captivated by the story, art, diversity, characters, and world surrounding said characters. The MC hunter was everything I could want in a protagonist: daring, dangerous, a little bit vulnerable, and set on the task at hand even when that task seems so daunting. Finn and Ezra's polyamorous relationship was my favorite because they were just so attentive and too adorable with the MC. Even when in a seperate route I couldn't help playing matchmaker every single doggone time so that they at least would end up together <3 The monster end broke my heart, so many feels... I wanted to burst into the song, "Baby Come Back." (╥﹏╥) Power makes fools of us all *sigh.* Anyways, thank you for this outstandingly exceptional masterpiece. I'll definitely be cheering on all your future projects. Good luck! >_<

We're so happy you love our game! Thank you for playing :) x

Without contest one of my favourite VN ever played ! Thank you so much for making this, and thanks for the adorable mini-stories =)

Can't wait to read your next stories !

Thank you!! xxx

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This visual novel is just so lovely, I was a nice experience to play this when it was coming out in parts. The mini stories rounded this game off so well and lovely. I almost got teary eyed when I played mini story number 2, so heartwarming and sweet!

Thank you so much! xxx

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I bought this as part of the BLM bundle last week and I already played through all of it and I love this so much!


How do I access/download the mini-stories? I can't seem to find them. Would I have to rebuy the game separately in order to get them?

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The mini-stories are available as two separate downloads on our download page! They're included with your purchase.

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One of my favourite Visual Novels I've ever played. LGBT + positive, polyam and utterly captivating. More please!

Thank you!!

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