Many games are designed so that in order to advance the plot, you have to trek to some godforsaken place miles from where you started. Then, inevitably, [[{{Backtracking}} you have to head back to the starting point]]. And then to some other place and back, etc, until [[{{Padding}} the game has reached the 40+ hours promised on the box]].

Kind game designers will mitigate this headache by adding gameplay elements to shorten travel times. These usually revolve around getting the character onscreen to the next visible area in a quicker manner, by speeding up their movement animation or skipping the transition entirely. This would be unfair in any game where speed is important, of course, but it can be convenient in RolePlayingGames, {{Adventure}} games, or in neutral areas of more action-based games, such as shops. The most common form is probably what's known as Dash Mode, usually a button which is held down to make the character run. This may [[SprintShoes require a special item]], and [[SprintMeter may have a limit]], though.

This is always GameplayAndStorySegregation. The teleportation here has no bearing on the plot; its only purpose is to reduce player fatigue. It can become a problem, however, if the player becomes overreliant on it and constantly skips over an area where something plot-critical has changed, or overlooks some detail of a particular room because they never spend any time there.

Compare DoorToBefore, a shortcut to a previous location, GlobalAirship, a vehicle that can get you to any part of the world map quickly, WarpWhistle, an in-game teleportation device between fixed areas, and SprintShoes, an item required to make Dash Mode work. See also RunDontWalk, a tendency in later games for characters to just run everywhere.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Action Adventure ]]

* Whether traveling the vast expanse of the overworld or exploring its many dungeons, backtracking is a given in ''Zelda''. Thankfully, many games in the series afford Link faster means of travel; such as on horseback, or the Goron roll or [[SprintShoes Bunny Hood]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. There are also numerous {{Warp Whistle}}s.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' had the Pegasus Boots. With them, holding a button would cause Link to charge forward at considerable speed, pushing aside or destroying enemies and obstacles and continuing until he left the screen, hit a wall, or was damaged mid-sprint.
** The series even has these in multiple tiers. First something that lets you go between a few specific locations (like, ''A Link To The Past'' has whirlpools that lead to specific other whirlpools, accessible once you get the Zora Scale) followed some time later by something that's an express flight to every major area (such as the original WarpWhistle, the bird in ''A Link to the Past'', and the warp songs in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime.'' )
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' sacrifices rolling for an actual dash button similar to A Link to the Past's Pegasus Boots, though it's not infinite and tends to eat your stamina bar up pretty quickly, especially if you've been performing other actions that use up stamina. Another difference from the Pegasus Boots is that while dashing, you're pretty much defenseless except for how well you can manage to dodge attacks and remember to stop before the stamina bar is entirely depleted.
* ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' allowed transportation to key areas from the pause menu.

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[[folder: Action Games ]]

* In the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' expansion ''Hellfire'', the character's walk speed is doubled while in town. In [[VideoGame/DiabloII the sequel]], you can run in towns without depleting the Run meter.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' series, most of Samus' acquired items/weapons can destroy giant clusters of blocks that compose some areas one would normally have to take a long path around. The most notable are the Speed Booster, the Screw Attack and the Power Bombs.
* Fast travel was introduced in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' as a response to the really open but also really empty field the first ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'' took place in. The game tries to justify this as "carriage services" or "secret tunnels".
* Done almost literally in ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'', where one of the many [[DoorToBefore doors to before]] is a zipline.

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[[folder: Action RPG ]]

* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' often lets you "quick jump" through a dungeon you have already traversed when you have to go back to its final room for plot reasons. One time you aren't given the option Lloyd gets amusingly frustrated about it in a rare moment of BreakingTheFourthWall (the actual reason is that you have to trigger a cutscene on your way out of a dungeon).
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has large insects and boats you could pay to ride to set locations. ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' took this further with a fast travel system that allowed you to travel to any major city from the start, then other locations as they were discovered, though a proportionate amount of in-game time still passed. ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' uses Oblivion's fast travel to locations you've visited, and like Morrowind you can pay a fare to take carriages to set destinations.
** Before those three games, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall'' had a fast travel system similar to Oblivion, but didn't require you to have visited any locations before going there. Likely because the map is the size of a country.
** ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' used the same travel system, but your character didn't start with any knowledge of locations, and there weren't any passenger services. But that's life in the Waste for ya.
* ''MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' allows you to warp to shrines scattered throughout the world map upon beating the game with a character. There's also an item called the bronze mirror that is a free warp to any shrine, but can only be used once before it breaks.

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[[folder: Adventure Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' is the TropeNamer here. If you were at the end of a linear series of rooms, certain hotspots would turn the cursor into a lightning bolt, letting you back to the beginning of the chain instantly. In the last two games, you would also be given thumbnails of [[HubLevel hub areas]] so that you could get from one part of the game world to another easily.
* In ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', double-clicking an exit would take Guybrush there instantly, which is considerate because he walks very slowly. Later games switched to a 3D format and a corresponding change in controls, replacing the teleportation with a Dash Mode (but in ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'' you can leave the room you're in immediately by pressing O).
* Sierra's PointAndClick SCI Engine games generally had the ability to adjust the character's walk speed up to a very fast rate, including installments of ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'', ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'', ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest'', and ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory''.
** In at least some of the ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' games, double-clicking on an exit will make Larry walk at hyperspeed.
* In ''VideoGame/WrathOfTheGods'', waystations could be found throughout the countryside that would fly the main character via dragon to another location. This was a somewhat impractical method, however, as dragon flights cost money which was hard to come by in the game. There were also shortcuts through the underworld.
* ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' would allow you to skip a few frames of April's walking animation every time you pressed escape. Thus, entering a screen, clicking the place you want to go and mashing the escape button would get you there significantly faster.

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[[folder: First Person Shooter ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' has the Fast Travel network, which is a system that lets you instantly travel to any region you previously visited so you don't have to walk the entire way. The sequel retains Fast Travel and also added a one way version (colored in yellow and signified by a "No U-Turn" mark) where you can teleport out of the area you're in, but you can't go back to it unless you walk there again.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' you can pay to fly yourself from city to city (as long as you've visited enough cities or reached a high enough level to unlock the "flight path"). This system is restricted to given set paths, unlike the flying mounts instituted later.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', you can travel, at will, instantly to any public area that your character has yet visited, making it unnecessary to trek there more than once.
* In ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'':
** Kafra employees offer teleport service that allows instant travel between towns.
** Butterfly Wings, a consumable item that allows instant travel from anywhere to your save point.
** Warp Portal, an acolyte skill, allows instant travel to save point or any 3 memo locations for up to 8 players.
** Colored cash shop butterfly wings allows instant teleport to any town in a certain region.
** Cash shop dungeon teleport scrolls allow instant teleport to most dungeons in the game.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIMAGINE'':
** Traesto and Traesto Stones, a skill and a consumable item (respectivelly) that teleport you to your home point. The skill has an awfully long incantation time, but a specific equipment reduces it to zero.
** Ariadne's Thread, a consumable item that lets you teleport to pretty much any place in the game world, and is even used by NPC's after some of the main quests so you don't have to walk all the way back to the main quest giver NPC.
** The Home Points in every town (except Protopia) can be used as teleportation devices. However, the ones in Home III and Shinjuku Babel can only be used once a day (and Home III can only teleport to Shinjuku Babel, and vice-versa), and you need to pay 50,000 Macca everytime you want to use the teleport function in Arcadia and Souhonzan.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', you can either use the Aethernet system to warp to another tuned Aethernet crystal for a fee, or use one of the Chocobo Porters to ride from the central hub to visited settlements and vice versa.

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[[folder: Role Playing Game ]]

* A large number of [=RPGs=], especially {{Eastern RPG}}s, utilize some form of Dash Mode, usually offering an alternative between run and walk modes. Games which don't offer this usually expect you to RunDontWalk.
** Some games like the first FinalFantasy had a spell where you can teleport yourself out of a dungeon so you don't need to retrace your steps.
* All Infinity Engine games had the issue of characters taking ''very long'' to leisurely walk across vast locations, so ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' added the option to make all characters run while not in combat. It was enabled by default.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', party members told to hold position will later teleport to your controlled character's location when taken off hold (if they are far enough away). Since you can change which character you control at any time, this can make for some easier exploring and backtracking in some areas, though it is disabled in combat. Even more strangely, however, a rogue can stealth through groups of enemies and then teleport his allies to his location. All this despite being told that there is [[GameplayAndStorySegregation no such thing as teleportation in-universe]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' allows you to skip to certain locations, called "landmarks", that you have discovered.
* The ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series has the Zoom spell and the Chimaera Wing item, both of which teleport you to any previously visited town or castle. In the ninth game, Zoom is even free of MP cost to cast, though only the hero can learn it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' lets you skip to nearby areas by pressing the square button.
** This feature was used in [[{{Persona 3}} Persona 3 Portable]] when the original version was remade for the PSP.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has the moves Fly and Teleport, which can instantly take you to any previously visited Pokécenter.
* ''VideoGame/CthulhuSavesTheWorld'''s pause menu has a teleport option which lets you instantly teleport to any previously visited town at no cost (other than having to walk all the way through that dungeon you just teleported out from).

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[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' allows you to jump between diverging points of the story. This was a response to ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' where you had to tediously play the game multiple times trying to unlock the true ending. Most importantly, this mechanic [[spoiler:also serves as a plot device.]]

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[[folder: Wide Open Sandbox ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has railroads, teleporting Ender Pearls, and Nether Portals. It's worth noting however that the Railroads have to be set-up manually, Ender Pearls need to be thrown and have a habit of teleporting you far above your intended destination causing fall damage, and Nether Portals mean you have to navigate through the Nether, a hell-like dimension. This can be utilised by setting two Portals in the real world first, and then trekking through the Nether, which is often more dangerous than just trekking through the regular world.
** Even this is not fast enough for some, and so enterprising mod developers have created addons that allow creation of portal networks and instantaneous teleportation to user-definable waypoints.
* In ''VideoGame/LANoire'', you can make your NPC partner drive you to the next important location; after any plot-relevant conversations have played out, you automatically arrive.
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