Welcome Home ARG is the latest alternate reality game making the rounds. Centered on a children’s puppet show from the 1970s, Welcome Home ARG appears innocent at first. As you play through the content, however, a darker story unfolds. Here’s how to play Welcome Home, as well as the clues we found along the way.
Welcome Home ARG Explained
The story of Welcome Home starts sweet enough. The Welcome Home website is brightly colored and showcases the show’s characters.
This is where the bulk of the gameplay occurs, where you’ll discover hidden letters in the images and text of the site. You’ll then put the hidden letters together to form an answer. Let’s get started!
Welcome Home ARG Landing Page
The landing page is pretty straightforward. If you look at the website link, however, you can notice that it ends in “welcome home you.” This is a bit odd, but not overtly outstanding.
In the website updates section, however, there’s something that stands out. The “Y” in Your is superscript compared to the rest of the text. When you highlight over this section, there’s a double “Y” in that space.
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If you click the first link presented, which is Welcome Home!, you’ll be taken to a page about the history of the show. We can see a subscript letter, the “W” in Wally under the image of Howdy Pillar. If you scroll to the bottom, there’s a link to the About page for the Welcome Home Restoration Team.
The “O” in About Us is off on this page. That gives us Y, W, and O as letters out of place with their neighboring text. This page also has a whole section with double text In the FAQ section.
When highlighted, the text reads: “When I unwrapped the first letter, I felt it. I heard it. Open. Open. Open. I want it out. I’m going to get it out.”
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Under that entry, there’s an entry for “Do you know how many episodes of Welcome Home there are?” This clue seems straightforward, but there’s hidden text here as well.
It reads: “The numbers are so hard to read. Sometimes I can’t see them.” The entry “How did you begin your research into Welcome Home?” also has “But it hurts” hidden at the end.
This page has loads of stuff on it. The first thing is that the “you” in you’re is clickable. When clicked, it takes you to another page titled “You” that has slow typing. The sentence “Wally is your best friend” is typed. Nothing else comes up on this page.
You’ll notice that Wally’s Home is sentient with moving eyes. While that may be surprising, what’s hidden just below Wally’s Home is the real shock. If you click the end of Wally’s pathway, you’ll be taken to the “So Below” page, which shows a sketch of Wally inside his home.
The note at the bottom of the page has a superscript X. The off kilter letters are now Y, W, O, and X.
The News page seems relatively nondescript compared to the others. However, the E in the News header is not aligned with the rest of the word, bringing our letters to Y, W, O, X, E.
Along with the letter being out of place is the general feeling that something is not quite right when reading the news posts. The entry for February 25 has the line, “You will see as we do, neighbor.” There are more instances of this throughout the updates.
The opening page for the Guestbook is straightforward, but things start to happen once you click to go to the Guestbook. Not only are the file names for the doodles secret messages, but there is another letter to find.
Head to Page 5 of the Guestbook and scroll down to find the entry “Silly mc Billy.” The doodle over it in response has a V just above the other letters. That gives us Y, W, O, X, E, and V. These letters in various combinations can be used to find hidden links attached to the website.
Those are the main things we found while playing through Welcome Home ARG. The game is still in its prologue stages, so more is coming in the future. Now that you know how to play, you may want to find all of the hidden links in Welcome Home ARG.
Featured image via Clown Illustrations.