The Shortcut Home

a Horror by AppDude27

Commended by BerkaZerka on 9/21/2019 9:20:29 AM

Player Rating6.15/8

"#68 overall, #11 for 2015"
based on 245 ratings since 09/18/2015
played 2,717 times (finished 262)

Story Difficulty7/8

"wade in shark infested water"

Play Length4/8

"A well spent lunch break"

Maturity Level6/8

"I'll need to see some identification"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 16. If this were a movie, it would probably between PG-13 and R.

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It was supposed to be your typical walk home from school. Take the shortcut through the woods. How difficult can that be, right? 

In this horrifying storygame, play the role of an adventurous teenage student, just trying to get home from school. 

Please DO NOT post your choices in the comments. Don't ruin the story for everyone else! If you would like to talk about the story, please refer to my forum posting, located in "The Parlor Room" section of the forums. Thank you!


-Butterfly effect choices that can change the course of what happens. 

-Will that item really be worth taking? Or will it hinder you later...

-Discover clues in your environment to help you survive the walk home.

-View all your choices in the end.

Update 6.1: 
-This is a MAJOR story re-working. If you have previously played The Shortcut Home, then consider playing it again! Major story backgrounds, characters, and information has been updated and changed. Any plot holes and story lore has been resolved. This may be the biggest Shortcut Home update yet! 

-Fixed minor grammatical errors.

Player Comments

This..was very interesting. It was definitely unique for a horror story except for the clown part- but you even managed to make that odd and set the tone.

I love how I get to know whenever a choice is important and whenever it's not that interesting, and I did check most of the paths to see if this was actually true, and it was.

I just felt a bit disappointed about the linearity of this storygame. Sure, there are plenty of choices and all make a difference, but even the choices stamped as very important felt as if there was a good choice and a bad choice. I had expected it to branch out further, and even though I managed to get a lot of different was as if I should've gone and investigated the noise because the rest of the path was basically the same except for getting stuck somewhere because I didn't investigate and so couldn't help the fox. Also, when I choose not to follow the sign, I get something like "that's not a good idea. Follow the sign" and I'd really just love to see myself get lost or something because I didn't follow the sign. Something like that.

Quality wise, there aren't really that many grammatical mistakes and the writing is good. I get annoyed with people's bad grammar really quickly but I didn't feel as if I should because it's great.

I had a hard time getting all of the endings because you usually couldn't see what the effect of your choice was right away- although this is good and definitely realistic, this made me understand the difficulty rating.

Overall, good, I'm happy with the length, your writing is a pleasure to read, but I did get a bit annoyed with the linearity and the good choice/bad choice system you seem to have.
-- 3173v3 on 8/29/2015 11:14:36 AM with a score of 0
I loved this game!
-- Portal on 12/16/2020 9:18:00 AM with a score of 0
I’m sorry, but I just thought this had too many problems. First off, the author makes some loft claims in the introduction about how drastically the story can change based on your decisions, and that’s just not the case. The story plays out essentially the same each time, with only minor differences. Secondly, there are some really bizarre bits that make no sense logically (for instance, I’m thinking of a certain moment involving two buttons). The identity of the killer is convoluted to the point of being scarcely believable.

However, there are a few moments of decent suspense, and the writing ipstyle itself isn’t bad. I would ultimately just call it average.
-- Lagore on 10/18/2020 8:40:50 PM with a score of 0
A very great story. NEEDS a part two!!!!! :D
-- 10yearoldZander on 8/27/2020 3:45:30 PM with a score of 0
I'm a teacher and I read it with my students.
They loved it so much that we went over it twice to solve every single mistery.
Good work!
-- Supervan on 4/22/2020 12:59:38 PM with a score of 0
Congratulations it is a good story, I love it, my favourite part It's when we save the fox.
-- Darlynpaola05 on 4/22/2020 12:59:33 PM with a score of 0
Good enough to return and get all the clues!
-- Red_Riding_Hood2020 on 10/3/2019 1:12:56 AM with a score of 0
Secret ending first try. Oh yeah!
-- etrow5 on 7/17/2019 10:22:50 PM with a score of 0
It's short but it's good !
-- Kuro on 3/5/2019 2:58:33 PM with a score of 0
Never outfox the Fox.
-- Geordie on 2/20/2019 5:53:34 AM with a score of 0
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