Through Time

Player Rating7.30/8

"#8 overall, #2 for 2014"
based on 950 ratings since 04/09/2014
played 32,424 times (finished 1,286)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length7/8

"It keeps going and going"

Maturity Level4/8

"need to be accompanied by an adult"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG.

You play as Jacob, a 28 year old man who has gone nowhere in life. Suddenly, you wake up to find yourself 10 years in the past. Once there, you meet several people who seem to recognize you, but you can't seem to remember them at all. Is your life the only one that went wrong? What really happened in your past?

This storygame plays out like a visual novel, with a unique route for each main character, and a true route. Replaying it more than once is highly recommended to get the full experience.

I also recommend you complete all the good routes before going for the true end, as it ties everything else together.

How to load a saved file:
Go to
Click restore beside the save titled "Through Time"
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How to interpret your score:
(Max score) 97531  - You completed every route possible.
Score has a 9 - You completed the true end.
Score has a 7 - You completed Olivia's good end.
Score has a 5 - You completed Ian's good end.
Score has a 3 - You completed Tina's good end.
Score has a 1 - You completed Allison's good end.
The actual "score", doesn't matter, just these numbers.

Special Thanks:
Kiel_Farren - For editing and grammar
Tanstaafl - For editing and grammar

Complete Walkthrough (should you require it): Link

Player Comments

Haa.... This game, man... You just reeeaaally had to punch me in the feels toward the end there, didn't you?

TO PLAYERS:: So. This game is great. Anybody who's just sifting through stories on this site needs to read this one. FINISH IT. Don't be giving up half-way through (like I wanted to) because you'll be depriving yourself of the whole story, which ties up almost everything quite neatly.

I really, REALLY wanted to quit partway through my second route ((My Order: Olivia > Tina > Ian > Allison > True)) because I found the main character INSUFFERABLY apathetic. He didn't care about anything, question anything or feel anything. I hated the character because he wasn't real to me. No real person would behave this way for no reason. After completing my second route, you get the STRONG sense that there's a reason behind everything. Continue on, players. This story's a good one.

TO THE CREATOR:: Quit yanking on my heart-guts, you brilliant evil mastermind, you! This story has many good points and very few bad. I'll try to get through it without writing an essay.

-The Story: I really appreciate that everything came full circle. I want to talk about it SO BADLY, but anything I say would be a spoiler. All things that are great about the story are spoilers!
-The Characters (Main): I hated Jake in the beginning. It was terribly annoying to play as him, but I'd be lying if I say I still hate the guy. I can't spoil anything here, so I'll just say he's not all bad. He was just a teenager. Each of the route-owning characters make sense in their own right, as well. After completing their respective arcs, I had a sense of deeper understanding for why they behaved the way they did. It made me reflect on myself a bit, and I like that.
-The Message: The story's theme is read loud and clear. If you don't get it in the beginning, you certainly will by the second or third arc playthrough.

-The Grammar: You've actually done quite well in this area. Toward the end (True Route in particular) a couple your/you're and then/than mix-ups slipped through. One extra proofread should do ya in future stories.
-The Characters (Secondary): I know next to nothing about Jake's mom. In fact, anyone who isn't a part of the main 5 characters (Peter being an exception) is just... kind of flat? I'm not saying everyone needs development, but I would like to have learned a bit about the other people in Jake's life. Deeper dialogue with the rest of the Wolves or his mom or even other classmates would have helped breathe life into the world.
-The Length: This isn't even really a bad point. I wish the game was longer. I wish the game had CG's. I wish this game was a Visual Novel, is what I'm getting at. I realize that its current length works for what it is. You can easily sink a couple hours into this if you get immersed and you have enough time for the characters and story to snowball on you. I would loved for each arc to have been longer; to explore more on every corresponding character's backstory and epilogues. However, maybe that would have hurt the game's impact in the long run. Who's to say? All I know is, I like the current version.

...I wrote an essay. Dang it. I'll stop here.

tl:dnr - People. Play this game. It will make you feel. It is very good.
-- Fuzzykun on 11/4/2016 5:21:52 PM with a score of 97531
After reading this story, I've come to equally like and dislike a few things about this story game.

The Amazing, Good, Bad, Ugly

The Ugly: I feel the story is weak in really developing the characters. I don't feel a strong connection to them. To me they seem just people that play the parts of a romantic story. I feel like the characters would be more overall more memorable and like able is if they had some more distinction in their personality and seemed to treat other characters more realistically.

One of my main criticisms is that the main character's conflict seems weak. I mainly just disliked the way that this conflict with himself pushes the plot and that made the plot overall weaker in my opinion.

The Bad: I just have an issue with the way the character you play as resolves some of the conflicts with the other characters. I mainly react like "Why am I suddenly acting like... and why are they reacting like?" and "If this actually happened, this wouldn't make sense"

The Good - I liked the actual concept of the story and how the actual gameplay was executed. Although the choices weren't tough, the game is built around continuous replay. And the "True Ending" was a pleasant way to tie up the story and explain everything.

The Amazing - This story really captures the emotions of the characters and makes it them seem more human. I loved the individual stories of each of the characters, and it really was interesting to discover their stories.

This definitely isn't a terrible story. I think being in the romantic genre, most of my criticisms regarding the characters and plot probably stem from me not liking the romantic genre. Overall, I feel like this story does deliver a lot of interesting story and it kept me reading until I finished the end.
-- RewriteN on 8/28/2016 8:58:44 PM with a score of 90001
If Toradora and Puella Magi Madoka Magicka had a love child, it would be this story. I encourage anybody attempting to write a Love & Dating CYS to play through this first.

While I feel that there were occasionally unnecessary extra paragraphs, the story is almost completely free from grammatical or spelling errors. Each character is well-rounded and exploring their paths for perfect completion is more enjoyable than tedious. Good luck finding Ian's Good Ending though ;)

From a gameplay perspective I feel the True End should only be unlocked after all normal Good Ends are discovered. Since I played Tina's path first and then the True End, I was in the dark as to the significance of the final sequence. Additionally, given the True End, I feel that Bad Ends that don't alter the future too drastically should return the player to the first page.

While the concept, gameplay, execution, and narration all exceeded expectations and demand that "Through Time" be read, I found myself wanting more. While it isn't short and there wasn't a lack of depth or detail, it's fairly easy to obtain all of the endings. After that, replayability suffers immensely.

That all being said, "Through Time" is an enjoyable CYS that tickled my fancy. I will be looking for more out of this author in the future.
-- ItanoCircus on 4/10/2014 8:28:24 AM with a score of 97531
Enjoyed the game very much. Took me forever with Ian, brute force solving! Great ending to the is all together.
-- Mythen on 1/16/2018 10:24:08 PM with a score of 97531
Not a big fan
-- DarkFang74 on 1/5/2018 5:38:32 PM with a score of 1
-- LukeBlaze on 12/17/2017 4:52:32 PM with a score of 97531
Delightfully engaging, though as hard as I tried, I couldn't get Ian's good ending. The story is wonderfully moving, though it needs some technical polishing.
-- Mynoris on 12/1/2017 1:35:43 AM with a score of 97031
This Story had me actually more invested on how it ended more than how the main character even begun to go back in time. it was fully immersiveful and had me saving and retrying to get a happy and spectacular ending. I mean, what can I say? im a sucker for Time Travel. But if you combine time travel with Romance, Comedy, Drama and a high sense in accomplishment from getting not one, not two, and definitly not three, but FOUR endings?! i cant even fathom how much time it must have taken let alone the inspiration that was flowing out of the Authors fingertips while typping this masterpiece. Overall, this story was amazing, the descisions were lifelike and had me contemplating either to get a good ending or to see how many bad endings i could get! but enough of me rambling, good game and totally worth my time.
-- Zero_OriginsX on 11/29/2017 7:46:54 PM with a score of 97500
How do you get the good ending?
-- Darkstride_ on 11/28/2017 4:48:09 PM with a score of 0
First of all, I should tell you, this story was the one that made me finally create a profile so I could comment on it. I've played several really good storygames on the site before, but this one was the first that was truly amazing. It's so very well written, despite some typos here and there. It's a truly emotional story, especially when you take the time to get everyone's good ending before trying for the true ending. And that true ending... WOW! It really tied everything together, and it made me happy I'd taken the time to finish all the other good endings first.

To anyone who hasn't played this yet, you really should. And please, take the time to truly finish it; don't just play it once. When you finish the true ending, you'll see the reward of your effort. Even if you mess up, don't just back up and pick again. Actually select "retry" and learn from your mistakes. That actually fits the brilliantly crafted ending best.

Finally, one last note for the author: The first time I finished the true ending, I had an issue with one of my saves, so it didn't count me finishing everyone's good ending. I decided it was great enough to play all the way through everyone's good ending and the true ending again. And that's when I realized how truly clever you are! On the first full play through, I appreciated the story you crafted. Playing again, I realized even more detail. For example, Allison tells you how she knows how to pick a lock during the path to Tina's good ending. By the time I was going for the true ending, I'd forgotten that because it was such a small thing. But after finishing the true ending, I recognized her answer when I read it again. And all the different comments she makes to you throughout the other paths make even more sense. You wrote this so well, to not only be emotional and fun, but very smart. I highly applaud you! Thank you for this story.
-- Glandros on 11/26/2017 3:28:45 AM with a score of 97531
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