The Shortcut Home

Player Rating6.28/8

"#76 overall, #11 for 2015"
based on 166 ratings since 09/18/2015
played 1,259 times (finished 136)

Story Difficulty7/8

"wade in shark infested water"

Play Length6/8

"It'll be a while, better grab a SnickersĀ®"

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
This story was super fun! I enjoyed it a lot. :)
-- EleanaWoods on 2/7/2018 11:58:20 PM with a score of 0
thanks very much very good
-- xx on 11/29/2017 10:41:04 AM with a score of 0
Fun little time-killer but the tone and plot switched much too quickly and requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. 5/8
-- Dajano56 on 11/28/2017 7:45:01 PM with a score of 0
Although short, this is one of the best stories I've ever played on here.
-- 1998 on 9/3/2017 2:41:50 AM with a score of 0
what an awesome game! I will definitely be replaying it several times to see what new adventures I can have. I appreciated that the author advised to make honest choices instead of going back and redoing things and I think that made me enjoy the game even more.
-- emilykat44 on 8/4/2017 2:35:26 PM with a score of 0
Good game. Gave me chills. That secret ending though...damn.
-- crazygurl on 6/20/2017 1:40:06 AM with a score of 0
I feel like I'm your biggest fan right now. The first game I played on this site was yours, and when I played another game made by another person, I immediately stopped playing and played another game of yours(this one). I fell in love with your other game Before Midnight, and keep up the awesome work!!!
-- PurpleEmpress on 1/19/2017 9:44:57 PM with a score of 0
Wow! This was actually a really cool and engaging game! Sounded a bit like Until Dawn at some points, but that was one of the reasons I loved, so no harm no foul. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys action, mystery, and a splash of horror. >:D
-- LegendaryLoris on 12/24/2016 10:42:59 AM with a score of 0
This story was truly an immersive experience, and I am proud to have completed it. It was well put together, set itself apart from other horror stories, and overall was a very good read.
-- Thomas_Mason on 12/12/2016 11:33:04 PM with a score of 0
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