A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kingasphy/night-shade-youre-the-drug

⚠ CONTENT WARNING: This game is 18+ and strictly for adult viewing only, contains themes and depictions of violence, murder, blood, drug use, toxic and abusive relationships and explicit sexual content.

NIGHT/SHADE is a visual novel about overcoming the toxicity within interpersonal relationships as well as within oneself. This character driven plot explores the complexities of love and loss in the form of a romantic thriller through the eyes of our main character, Sasha, while he navigates life's darker elements and tries not to get caught in the crossfire of two ruthless crime syndicates. Estimated game release once we have been funded is late 2021.

Follow us on Twitter for updates: https://twitter.com/NightShade_VN

Check out our website for more details: https://nightshadevn.com/

Install instructions

This is a Unity game! Download and unzip the file, then run NIGHT-SHADE_Demo.exe. Please allow at least 1.5 GB of disk space for unzipping.

If your computer has issues viewing the trailer or is known to have a slow hard drive, please try using the compatibility version, otherwise let us know any issues in the comments!


NIGHTSHADE DEMO WIN64 [Compatibility Version] 177 MB


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I really like this game it's got some animation to it as well which is awesome and really good so the voice acting <3 and I REALLY love the art style and the characters and can't forget the NSFW :D love it <3 keep awesome work guys <3!o/


Having been disapointed with a few games recently, is the game gonna come out in January? Or is that just set for steam and not official?


I'm so excited for this game! Looking forward to it! So far, I'm really liking the purple gremlin-looking character LOL


wait are we gonna be the red haired or green haired guy? the trailer is confusing me, but if we're the red haired guy it would be freaking cool.

amazinggg demo, seriously. i knew it was gonna be good the moment the title screen loaded and i was just blown away by the artstyle and music. the atmosphere is immaculate, super compelling writing, i wasn't expecting the animated scenes. the voice actors did a bomb job which is kinda rare for visual novels. i wish you all the luck and i'm looking forward to the full release


had a blast playing the demo while my chat fawned over the characters! hfkdsfs I cant wait for the full game, the whole team is doing amazing work <3 

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it seems like a good game but i would like to warn the people with a 3 by 4 monitor because this game doesnt allow windowed mode and having a 3 by 4 monitor cuts off bits and pieces of the screen

hey, I really liked ur game. The animation is fantastic and the cliffhanger ahhhhh. But I tried to save the game onto one of the save files and it wouldn't let me. I clicked and I clicked it didn't work. Also, I couldn't look back on history after trying to save. Fantastic game btw. 

any chance of a steam version soon ? 🔩


Love it so far! Can't wait to see the full game. 

so goood what's the menu music?


It was really nice, looking forward to the full game :) ^^


This was awesome as hell! 
the cutscene and all of the art in the game! The voice lines, I love it already, I can't wait to play the full game!!
btw I was very shocked to learn that the main character and me shared the same name, you don't stumble across my name a lot from what I've seen at least :'D


Yooooo, this was so cool! I am so amazed. I really liked this! I can't wait for more :))


Thank you so much!


omg this demo looks amazing! i especially loved the beginning scene, i personally havent come across or remember any visual novels that have had that sort of thing. im looking forward to the rest of the game!

Thank you for your support, we are glad you liked it!


the cliffhanger in the demo ahkjsdhkahd that aside, this shows so much promises! i love the atmosphere, the style, bgm, voices and the concept!! im looking forward for the full version!

We worked so hard, it's so moving to see the positive feedback! Thank you so much!


Omggggggg I just finished the demo and ughhhh that cliffhangerrrr 



Just by watching the trailer i know im gonna be into this so much.

Thank you! 💜


I make rules of not playing demos of games that look too fantastic for words because I don't want to hurt my heart when I then have to wait for the full game to come out. And because, honestly, I have been let down too many times when projects get cancelled. For the same reason, I don't usually back games on kickstarter. However, because I believe in and love this concept so much, and because you all clearly have so much extraordinary talent and heart poured into this game, I went ahead and supported the kickstarter. I'm really rooting for you. :) I hope saying all that doesn't put pressure or anything though!


None at all, no worries! We will work hard to bring you the game of our dreams! Thank you for your support!

this is AMAZING!!! exactly my style. the animation, the story in general, just everything about this WOAH. can't wait for what's to come!

Thank you so much for the kind words! You can help support us by backing our Kickstarter, spreading the word, or helping us reach more people by liking and following us! 🌟


OH WOW!! I didn't even have to try the demo to go right to your kickstarter and support. Right after supporting, I went and played the demo and I can't wait for this to become a full game. The music, art, and narrative were great. I already fell in love with this, even if the demo was short. I would 100% recommend this game <3

Thank you so much, your support is very much appreciated! 

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the text box is a little too big, it take 1/4 of the screen 

and a way to rollback would be nice

except that this game look good :) I look forward to see the complete version  

and just to be sure , there is no sexual content in the demo ? or did I miss something ?

Thank you for your feedback and your kindness! You are correct, there is no sexual content in the demo.


Seeing the art for this on Twitter early on in the project is what brought me back to visual novels. I loved them as a teen, but didn't realize all the content available now with Steam and especially Itch.io. The demo is short, but has lovely art and a good teaser for things to come. I can't wait for this game.

Thank you so much for these very nice comments! We're glad we could create something other people are excited about and interested in, your support is how this game is going to happen! 

Any plans for an android release just curious ? It seems so interesting ?

Hi there! At the moment no due to its 18+ content.

Ok thanks anyway for the reply 


Well, I just finished the demo and I found it interesting. I liked the art  in general, specially the animation at te beginnig. Good job so far <3

Thank you so much for playing!

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I finally did the demo and... gosh I just can't wait for the full version! \o/

To be honest, I discovered your works because of a Tweet to your Kickstarter campaign from the Valentyne Stories Necromancy's Twitter and both of yours do a very inspiring work.

The writing looks very different from what I played until now. While the most of them I played are dedicated to the narration,  is more visual and it's very immersive.

I really like your characters' design and Sasha is such an adorkable boy ~

The intro animation is so stunning... and all this tension... argh why is it sooooo short? I really would like to see more!

Anyways, congrats for your Kickstarter campaign again! I can't sadly support you financially but make you sure that I'll share your works into social networks (mostly in Twitter where I'm the most active). <3


Thank you so much!


Can't wait for the full version, the intro animation hooked me up real quick and the awesome art and tension kept me in my toes until the end of the demo, from what i played i must say, excellent job.

Thank you so much for the kind words and playthrough!

I would like so much to test the demo but I have issues when I try to run it, even with the compatibility version... :'(

I have a Windows 64 bits


If you'd like you can email us at info@nightshadevn.com and we can troubleshoot with you to figure out what's going on! Hopefully we can get it running for you so you can play!

Thank you so much! \o/
I sent you an detailed mail about my issue.


When do you think the whole game will be released? :3


If our Kickstarter is successful and we get funded, we are aiming for a 4th quarter 2021 release!


This was really good! The art is gorgeous, the animation is really good, and it has incredibly good atmosphere! I can't wait for the full game after playing the demo. I unfortunately can't support it financially, but I'll make sure to tell people about it!


Thank you so so much for your support! We greatly appreciate it and are so glad you enjoyed the demo!


i was really looking forward to it, the art is so beautiful and the story flowing so well! gonna wait for the full version :)

Thank you so much!!


i cant run it

What platform are you running on? :o Mac is known to have issues at the moment, we'll hopefully address these with a browser playable demo.

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Thank you! And no worries, if you can't support us financially feel free to spread the word!


Didn't expect that is was looking this good. The art and animation is just wow. Really love to see more of it.

Thank you for the playthrough and the kind words!! We're sure to keep you posted over on twitter!


This game cannot come out soon enough! The way the story flows and builds tension is really great! 10/10, would pay to play this!

Thank you so much! If you back us on Kickstarter we can get this done (and you get it at the reduced kickstarter price >:o)!!


I was randomly scrolling through games when I came across this demo. I am unable to play the this due to the fact that I have a Mac but I can at least say from first glance this looks very promising!

Are you ever planning to make a Mac version for this? 

Hi! We're working on a solution right now, we had a Mac build up but ran into some problems with it, failing that we're gonna try to make this browser playable soon!


Oh cool! I'll keep an eye out then! In the mean time I'll snoop around your kickstarter and try to spread the word. I'm confident that you'll reach your goal in no time! Good luck with everything !! 

Thank you! We have a hopefully functional Mac build up now, let us know any issues!


I went through the demo and everything looked very promising!! I couldn't stop gushing over the background art and music!! I personally just adore just how clean and vibrant the art is. It really adds to the experience. And the music is just *Chef's kiss*. I have fallen victim to weird or grating music in other games but for this it took it to a higher level! Something I would like to touch up on is voice acting. Personally, I tend to resent voice acting since it usually takes away from the experience but I can honestly say that doesn't happen here. Giving the player the option to lower the voice volume was a good choice! Also, the idea of letting the player using the phone was refreshing! If you ever need some feedback from Mac players don't be afraid to ask! 

On another note, since I am well aware that the Mac version has had some issues I poked around the demo and found something a bit confusing. I took a gander at the options for the game and was quite glad that there was an option to fiddle around with the sound when I came across a problem. Clicking on options causes the game to freeze and the player is unable to exit out of settings. At this point I could only exit out of the entire demo and restart it in order to fix this. This isn't such a big deal at this point but I thought it was important to inform y'all about it! I know Mac is very hard to work with due to it limitless security settings and wonky downloading steps but it's worth it for this game! Sorry for writing a lot and if it makes no sense I apologize again. If you need me to elaborate on anything I'll be glad to do so! 

Thank you for your kind words and feedback! We'll hopefully have more resources to look into it down the line!


HOLY SHIT, okay first off I just wnt to say that this is so STUNNING. the art was on point, I keep watching the pv animation that was in the game... and the writing kept me really engaged especially near the end. The sounds made my heart beat with sashas and I really love a game that gets my heart racing.... in a bad or good way. The voices came out so good and I wanna hear... more....

ALSO I JUST WANT TO SAY THE LOG FOR CHATS BEING A PHONE IN THE HAND IS SO CREATIVE??? AND WHEN I STARTED THE GAME I SWEAR I WAS LOSING MY SHIT... I AM SO PROUD OF THE CREATORS and they're doing such an amazing job I can't wait to play the full game!!!! I am definitely going to back this game as much as I'm able because I think products like this should be finished fully with no set backs!!! keep up the good work and I am SO excited to see how the full game ends up looking ;;;; I wanna get all the endings and just see... alll that spicy art and character design... god sorry for rambling IM JUST SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS VN!!! 

Haha no worries, thank you so much for the support!!


All I can say is that I've been blown away by the demo! Although short, it made me itch for more which I find is exactly what a small teaser demo is for! I screamed at the end because of how much I wanted to find put who it was (my guess is Mishka cause that boy seems like he would just have a spare key he made on the side anyways)

I've always been such a huge fan of talltell visual novel games where your choices do matter (I saw that you can actually die in a route say HWHAAATTT!!)

The music and visuals are top notch and through my whole playthrough I could see all the hard work you two artists put, as well as the love and dedication to make it all come to life despite having such a small team.

I'm absolutely excited to see what this game once completed will have in store for us all. The option to toggle between SFW and NSFW is a great add and deffinetly something more 18+ games should have!

I scream softly as my wallet waits to be charged once this game gets fully funded, because I have the outmost confidence that Night Shade will undoubtly make that stretch to success in no time!!

Thank you so much!!


I felt that the demo was very narration-heavy. I'd like more show and less tell (less "novel" and more "visual"), but I understand if art assets and programming are in short supply at this stage. Other than the music, this would have worked as well or better as a prose novel for me; as-is, it's insufficiently adapted to the medium in my opinion. That's definitely something that can be smoothed out during revisions, though, and as I said, being at the demo stage has its limitations.

I also thought that the prose and emotions were too overwrought in some places for my tastes, but that's possibly just personal preference / aesthetic.

Good music, though. Effective.

I'm told that y'all are friends of a friend of a friend, and it looks like the sort of thing some of my friends might like, so I'm going ahead and backing at the Game Suite level. (I'm curious about the drama skits and artbook, and it's a very reasonable price increase over the prior level, especially at Early Bird prices!)

Thank you for your support and feedback!


Will there ever be a full game version in the near future?

If we get funded on our Kickstarter, then yes!!! If all goes to plan were aiming to complete the game by late 2021!


That's amazing! I can't wait to see that happen! I already enjoy the characters and everything you've guys have put together already ❤️

Thanks so much! We'll keep you posted on our twitter @NightShade_VN !!