Through Time

Player Rating7.30/8

"#8 overall, #2 for 2014"
based on 809 ratings since 04/09/2014
played 27,563 times (finished 1,063)

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:
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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
Great game. The story is really entertaining and you get to care for the characters as it progresses. Despite minor typing problems, this is a very solid game and it will grab your attention until the very end. The true end really sums up the story nicely, managing to touch on all aspects and delivers a pretty satisfying dialogue involving the main character in the end. Hope to see more games like this.
-- Fel_Rangel on 4/15/2017 3:47:20 PM with a score of 90001
(Slight Spoilers)

Such a great story; I'm surprised I didn't notice it before. The ending is really quite sad, and I wish I had the option to snatch away the bracelet. I immediately got the Allison ending through the choices I would make. I tried for the perfect ending right after that but decided to play through the other endings first at the last moment, right before she would have taken me to the park. I'm glad of the decision because each was enjoyable and moving its own way.
-- The Ghost on 4/15/2017 12:46:47 AM with a score of 97531
Thus was actually really good
-- blaze3612 on 4/9/2017 9:21:07 PM with a score of 97531
this was amazing words cannot explain it. i know im a boy and not supposed to cry but i am crying so hard right now. you did good
-- nickkratz on 3/19/2017 3:58:55 AM with a score of 97531
This is the best game I have ever played. The different endings were interesting and the characters were all likeable. The true ending was clever and broke my heart, whilst I also enjoyed the endings for Allison, Olivia and Tina. Ian was pretty OK too.
-- Theodora on 3/13/2017 3:17:25 PM with a score of 97531
My time here on CYS has been largely defined by EndMaster's and Kiel's stories. That being said, Killa's story has made it through the flood End's stories, and game/story brilliance of Kiel's to my top three stories on the site.

Genre: There have been a few good romance stories on this site, but this one far surpasses the others I've read. Not only does it surpass the others, but it also manages to compete with the other genre giants of CYOA's. "Through Time" really emphasizes the fact that not all romance stories must anchor solely on the romantic side of things. This is a story that is made for exploring the relationships aside from the romantic one. This is key for making a story that has depth, and Killa executed it perfectly.

Characters: Jacob, had forced character development, but before you read this and think that this is a bad thing, let me explain... Jacob, the guy had a crappy life, had nothing really going for him later in life, and tons of regrets, finds that he is sent back in time. Killa takes this ordinarily boring guy, and shows us how he goes from his life before and changes into a man with tons of depth. He does this through each other main character representing a major regret in his life. Each and every one of those characters, Tina, Ian, Olivia have depth and their own story that is fantastic in of itself. If that wasn't good enough, there was Alison, the character that rivals Jacob for the role of the main character. My personal favorite character. She takes every bad thing that happens into her own hands, and decides that she would not allow these things to happen to destroy her and Jacob. The simple love and devotion to Jacob, coupled with her alluringly bubbly personality, makes the reader hard pressed to keep him/herself from falling in love too.

Execution: The way each of these were carried out, changed this from a 6 or 7, to an eight. The dialogue felt real, and each description painted a picture. Killa did this without having to write a novel per page, which made the experience have that game feel. If the descriptions were too long, then having to repeat the story each time would border on overly tedious. Overall, fantastic writing.

Story: The premise of this story was absolutely unparalleled in a sense. While a constant reset button for time has been done, this story was able to place us in that situation. This story took real problems that people can experience, and put us in the position to fix it. WE were the ones that defended our younger sister from over the top bullies. WE helped our best friend in keeping his life from spiraling out of control. WE were able to take lost friendships and rebuild them, and WE were the ones to reap the rewards of it all. My only reserve is that the true ending was possible after only completing one of the other endings. I was a guest when I played this first so my score in typing this comment doesn't reflect how much I actually read.

This in amazing story written by an amazing author. 8/8
-- EbonVasilis on 3/8/2017 12:29:12 PM with a score of 90501

-- MetaMason on 3/6/2017 10:03:33 PM with a score of 97001
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