HER TEARS WERE MY LIGHT is a visual novel created for NaNoRenO 2016. it's a short love story about time and space.

as time, you can move forward, backward, or warp to any of your “save points” in the story. can you use that power to save space from her feelings of loneliness?

playtime: <1 hour
content advisory: includes mild horror elements, and incredibly sappy romance.


  • 6k word count, with 3 main endings
  • many cute illustrations and animation
  • NEW ingame photo studio! (download version only)
  • NEW bonus gallery with developer commentary! (download version only)

and you can get the soundtrack HERE!


  • character art+story - NomnomNami
  • backgrounds - Emmit
  • music - LydianChord


Español (ES), Euskara - Gabriel Fiallegas Medina (Basajaun Games)
Español (LATAM) - José Jil Tudela, Gabriel Fiallegas Medina
Français - La Chouette
Deutsch - Lisa Wollesen, Antonio Moss
Italiano - Robin O. Longobardi Zingerelli
Português (BR) - Fah Braccini
Português (EU) - Raquel Espada
Polski - Nika Klag
Русский - tinenmi (Tuna Std.), River, Zweelee
Українська - storyteller613
한국어 - KyleHeren
日本語 - Yuki Yoshida
简体中文 - HomYvan, Yuriatelier
繁體中文 - HomYvan, LydianChord   校對:Sikv
ภาษาไทย - ProtoFriend
Tiếng Việt - minhvipkk
Türkçe - hasanh + kivi
Bahasa Melayu - Nora Park
Bahasa Indonesia - Aryo Keren
Magyar - Diemond
Nederlands - Demi
עברית - Blawnode

(thai and traditional chinese are available in the web version only, due to missing translations)


Buy Now$3.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

hertearsweremylight-2.3.3-pc.zip 100 MB
hertearsweremylight-2.3.3-mac.zip 94 MB

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Do the songs in the extras menu, specifically Time's, Space's, and Nil's Battle Theme, ever appear in game? I've gotten all 3 main endings and I have no recollection of them! PS Thanks for the amazing game!

no, they're just fun bonuses that came out after the game was originally released :) thanks for playing!

this game was short but its one of my fav visual novels till this day and my fav nomnomnami creation... story and backstory was done well even with only 20-30 min playtime, unique game mechanic, nil made me shed a lil tear. 10/10 i would kill for a sequel with more angst

this game is super cute, I love it. it made me feel so much in such a short time.

 Keep up the great work!!

so kool! :D i didnt like Nil at first but when I heard abt her story I started to feel so sad for herr :((

This is one of my fave games now plz make more endings. Thanks

i love this game so much, its so beautiful :), as a space nerd and artist i love how you made these concepts into character, the music is incredible!! this game is so nice really, very sweet <3

Why 3$ on itch.io, and on PlayStore is for free? What's wrong?


yo I made her in gacha

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This game is very special. It's really short, and you can achieve 100% completion in less than an hour. However, those 45ish minutes I spent on my first run really stuck with me as a lovely experience.

It's an incredibly self-aware game that uses the tools provided by the engine as an actual game mechanic instead of just being some quality of life function (and don't get me wrong--it's wonderful that those features have become mainstream.) But it doesn't just play with its mechanics, but also with the players themselves. Due to its time travel themes, there is always some detail, some minor spark, that reflects how the protagonist's experience changes every time you play, even if you're choosing the same dialogue options to ultimately reach an outcome you're already familiar with. It makes it worth it to pay attention all the time, even when you think you've already seen that route and you're tempted to skip forward. Despite the short length, the amount of love put into it is astonishing. Especially because most of those aren't lines 99% of the players would ever notice, or even come across, since the game is constantly giving you new dialogue options and a vast majority of people wouldn't try saying the same thing twice. And yet, experimenting and going out of your way to try new things does pay off.

It's a story that knows what it needs to do, it does so incredibly well, and doesn't overstay its welcome nor bloat itself up with unnecessary content that ultimately adds nothing. It respects your time, and knows that if it can be masterfully told in an hour, it shouldn't take 5 hours of your life away from you. And yet, for how short it is, it can be understood in many different ways due to its nuance and themes, as well as your personal views on them. The way I felt the game when I first played it has nothing to do with what it felt like the 3rd or 4th time I played through it, and it hit in a completely new way when I played it with friends as well. Honestly, it helped me reconcile with certain things that happened to me in the past and see them in a new, more positive light.

And I will say that, as much as I enjoy the extras (the developer commentary is particularly awesome), the thing I appreciate most from this version is the full compatibility with controllers. You can even select which button prompts you'd like to see, which is honestly delightful and something all modern PC games should do. I have been playing many Ren'py games lately and most of them either aren't compatible at all or make you do things like navigate menus and advance dialogue by pressing the right trigger, like some crazy maniac. Thank you for being better, Nami.

Also, it's in like 20+ languages. What kind of narrative indie game is translated to 20+ languages?! That's crazy. That alone is worth supporting.

In short: it good. Play game. (And buy it too in order to support Nami)

4th wall, you can go and f-


My heart actually cant take this game its so cute but the lore hits so goddamn much i feel myself QUAKING IM GONNA CRY WAHFBGHNJGHDN D,MNG

I somehow managed to stumble upon the true beginning yet my heart still stings, that's how amazing i think this game is


I'm glad they managed to coexist together :D


That's sad but... Cute...



I hope you release a dev code version someday so I can learn how you implemented the functionalities to make the game remember information every time it restarted. It's amazing!

I love everything about this game. And I feel inspired to make my own games now I learned about RenPy ^^

I only know a little bit about coding, but if I had to guess it creates a file or sth like that, and when you get to a point where the memory would trigger a different path it runs an If-clause (If Memory 1 exists, then, otherwise) and continues based on that.
I've never used RenPy and I only had a few years of basic coding in school so this may not be 100% accurate but that's how I'd code it


Thank you. I'll look more about how sth works. Hopefully, I'll get to make an interesting game.


looks pretty, sadly i can’t play(

didnt buy the game cuz well i already played it on my phone (free btw woohoo)  and its soOOOOOooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO amazing augh its so good, one of the first games i played from u lol

the browser ver. doesnt work?

Not even 20 minutes in, and i already got the true ending.

Sad, cute, and epically engaging, this visual novel is the peak of interaction & story, I love everything about this short and sweet game

Omg the true end is so cute!!!!!

this is so sad but cute :(

Making this free in browser is mad generous ngl


Favourite Nami game is back! Thank you for releasing the story on HTML, so it's easier for people to access.

What other games are you planning to release for steam, btw?


good game on phone but its 3$ on here:(

i added a web version today so you can play in browser for free :)



played it on android and loved it :D


Я играла в эту игру по рекомендации подруги. Игра коротковата, но сюжет -- прелесть! Очень советую поиграть, чтобы проникнуться историей главной героини Тайм и почему же "Её слёзы были моим светом"?

I played this game on the recommendation of my dearest friend. The game is a bit short, but the plot is lovely! I advise you to play in order to feel the story of the main character -- Time, and why "Her tears were my light"?


played on steam and loved it


so cool


so cute. played on mobile and loved true ending

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I could've sworn this game was free. I don't remember paying for it, I'm probably just imagining things tho lol 

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it was definitely free before


steam doesn't allow you to put up the same game on other storefronts for a lower price... there's an exception for mobile because it's a different build/platform. that's why the mobile version is free and the pc version is paid now. sorry for the confusion!


I only ever got one ending because i couldn't handle upsetting the gf. I was sobbing.

This game is really good! I recommend this.

Probably, I don't have a American Express credit card. Plus, what is the font used in text dialogues?

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Had some issues downloading assets I found out it was because of x-plane if you had x-plane and you uninstall it for some reason there are some file left and it break Google play so you have to delete them yourself if you want to play any game by nomnomnami or pretty much any game that download data from playstore after being installed

O' no, purchase didn't come with a steam key like it said :'(


oops, didn't realize they ran out! i'll refill now, so you should be able to grab one soon.

Oooh, thanks! 


This is my first visual novel, at the first time playing it I didn't notice the yuri and poly relationship because I didn't know about LGBT at that time. Thank you for bringing such a nice game to my childhood.


If anyone wwnts to download this for free,      go on the play store


Everyone knows that, and she's not exactly dishonest or anything about it being free potentially. However, people should pay her if they can. She deserves it, and more. 


this is such a good game with thoughtful and touching story! reading nil's story was really overwhelming... i love every bit of this game, thank you so much for creating and sharing it!<3

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