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Google blogger, information technologist, and sometimes game developer, Philipp Lenssen of Germany, has created a "choose-your-own" adventure game called The Google Adventure that takes place at the Googleplex, which is where you've just begun a new job...

Today, you started your new job as Google Quality Assurance Assistant of the 3rd degree. That means you're now responsible for spellchecking bug reports. (Well, you're not literally responsible, as you're just assisting the one who's responsible.)

But what you really want is a career inside Google. A high-paying, fulfilling, challenging and creative job. You think you have the right skills, too.

Little do you know, at this point, of the Google Adventure that awaits you.

While there are multiple endings to this hypertext adventure, there is only one "best" ending. Can you find it? Click.

Philipp used QML, the Quest Markup Language and editor, for creating this unique and original game. Also check out Games for the Brain, a whole set of games created by Philipp, previously reviewed here.

Walkthrough Guide


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Alright folks, here it is, a full walkthrough. But try to do it yourself first and if you get stuck, this is here to help. Otherwise it's no fun!

Take a seat.

  1. Turn down the radio.

  2. Sing to Frank.

  3. Go back to your computer.

Chit-chat.

  1. Look out, Microsoft engineer!

  2. Do you have spellcheck?

  3. Do you have a good automated tool?

  4. OK, thanks.

Concentrate and work.

  1. Use a tool.

  2. Shift x 3

  3. Sit and relax.

Grab your mug.

  1. Sit and relax.

  2. Go to the hallway.

  3. Leave the room.

Inspect paintings.

  1. Painting of Brin.

  2. Inspect closer.

  3. Ponder your choices.

Enter storage room.

  1. Pick up plastic sword.

  2. Reconsider your choices.

  3. Exit the room.

Enter kitchen.

  1. Get coffee.

  2. Ponder next move.

  3. Open refrigerator.

  4. Pick up the yoghurt.

  5. Continue...

  6. Leave the kitchen.

Wait for cleaning robot.

  1. Talk to the robot.

  2. Would you clean this carpet?

  3. Continue...

  4. Take a closer look.

  5. Take the key.

  6. Continue...

Go to the elevator.

  1. Unlock security.

  2. 887

  3. Press a button.

Basement.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Don't risk your life.

  3. Press a button.

4th floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Talk to Phd.

  3. Leave quietly.

Enter idea chamber.

  1. Talk to Phd on trampolin.

  2. Push him.

  3. Continue.

  4. Take a seat.

  5. Take a nap.

  6. Continue...

  7. Run into the forest.

  8. Follow the bunnies.

  9. Climb the mountain.

  10. Talk to Yoshka.

  11. How can I use the plastic sword?

  12. continue.

  13. Leave the room.

  14. Exit through elevator.

  15. Press a button.

1st floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Look at desk computer.

  3. Don't enter password.

  4. Exit through elevator.

  5. Press a button.

2nd floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Enter kitchen.

  3. Pick up winter coat.

  4. Continue...

  5. Leave kitchen.

Enter storage room.

  1. Pick up plastic sword.

  2. Continue.

  3. Exit the room.

Go back to office.

  1. I'm sorry, please take it.

  2. Ponder next action.

  3. Surf internet.

  4. Google.com

  5. Search "dna over ip"

  6. Try to memorize.

Chit-chat.

  1. Password to PC in lobby?

  2. Thanks!

  3. Go to hallway.

  4. Leave room.

  5. Go to elevator.

  6. Press a button.

4th floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Talk to Phd.

  3. X.509 digital certificates?

  4. Yes, layer-thingies...

  5. Gladly accept.

  6. Exit through elevator.

  7. Press a button.

2nd floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Go back to office.

  3. As for promotion.

  4. Thanks!

Surf internet.

  1. Google intranet site.

  2. Enter "praisethepagerank"

  3. The-sysop-dictionary.txt

  4. Print document.

  5. Grab dicitonary.

Go to hallway.

  1. Leave room.

  2. Go to elevator.

  3. Press button.

3rd floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Order something to eat.

  3. Veggie pizza.

  4. Take pizza.

  5. Go to elevator.

  6. Press button.

Basement.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Continue...

  3. Go East four times.

  4. Go North four times.

  5. Go west.

  6. Talk to sysop.

  7. Give veggie pizza...

  8. Continue...

  9. Take plastic ball.

  10. Continue...

  11. Go east.

  12. Go South four times.

  13. Go West four times.

  14. Enter elevator.

  15. Press button.

1st floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Look at desk computer.

  3. Enter "ilovelucy"

  4. Print name tag.

  5. Continue.

  6. Exit through elevator.

  7. Press button.

5th floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. I'm a visitor...

  3. Continue.

  4. Sit in the visitor chair.

  5. Continue eight times.

  6. Try to follow Sergey.

  7. Hop on plastic ball.

  8. Sneak into wall.

  9. Carefully pass sensors.

  10. Enter through the light.

I will fight you and tell the world!

  1. Weild plastic sword.

  2. Continue.

  3. Continue.

End.

35 Comments

I've gone through so many combinations!!! it doesnt work... i need help plz

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i made it as far as talking to the robot... then i died :p gonna try again later. to start off try finding out a way to finish your job fast so you can leave your desk :) good luck

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ARG!

I made it really far, and then ended up getting fired for kicking the red ball around the developer lab. Interesting game, but I don't think I have enough patience to go back and start from the beginning, again.

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I got so far:

as far was grabbing a winter coat so I can go to the basement, then I clicked to go back to my office by accident, and frank accused me of taking his yoghurt. I told him there was a yahoo employee behind him

and I got fired :/.

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How do you use the elevator... I think I've tried all the options, but still don't have a key... I think I may have the code though.

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So anyone know how to pick up the plastic sword?

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Heh I got rather further...I don't think it's a spoiler to say that I was unceremoniously ejected from the building having used the red ball for what it was designed for..don't know if I can be bothered to go back and do it all again.

We shall see!

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I beat the game easily. Help is provided below.

Elevator:

To get the elevator key, make the robot crash himself, then take it off his body. The password to the elevator is in a painting.

1st floor computer:

To get the password for the 1st floor computer, ask a co-worker.

Rubber ball:

The use for the ball is on the 5th floor... print yourself a visitor pass, then wait around on the 5th floor for a long period of time.

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Steven Johnson Author Profile Page February 8, 2006 12:50 PM

Hey! It's gone! I peeked at it this morning, and it worked. Now it's "File not Found." Any mirrors out there?

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Guys, thanks for playing, I'm working on it :)
My server is down because of the game as well as the new SketchSwap.com my colleague and I created. So the two most popular things on my site had to be taken down for now... oh sweet irony... I'm working on both issues the whole day and hope to bring both things back in one form or another.

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Tylor - In answer to your quesetion "So anyone know how to pick up the plastic sword?"

Did you go through the dream sequence? Once you do that, you can ask about the secret, and the sword is explained



Great game, can't wait to have another go at it!

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KumikoDee Author Profile Page February 8, 2006 4:44 PM

Now this game actually looks like it'll be fun. =p I'm looking forward to playing it when it's back up. Good luck with that. ^_^

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So, I've reached step 1 of restoring the game for you. You can now resume play with Internet Explorer! :)

Firefox and all other browsers will work as soon as I fixed the XML library speed issues.

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Any hints on how to get the manager to agree to a promotion?? I was hoping washing his car would help, or singing to him, but nothing so far...

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Promotion:

Talk to the scientist on the 4th floor. Then return to your office, go to google.com, and perform a search for "DNA over IP". Then return to the 4th floor scientist. Now you can get a promotion.

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where can I find the robot?

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I have the promotion... I've been through the dream sequence... still cant pick up the sword. How do you aquire the upper management password? Also, haven't come accross the red ball yet....

What do you need to do in the basement....?

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Guys if you try going *everywhere* you will have your questions answered.

BJ:

If you explore all the basement you'll find the answer to another question you asked.

Seriously, play the game before asking :)

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WellMaybeNot February 9, 2006 8:21 AM

Maybe I'm missing a branch, but from my experience playing this game, one of the first things you must do to advance is gather dirt on your boss.

I will be the first to admit that it isn't really gathering dirt on my boss, it's placing a game object into a certain state. But: The Game = NULL; option is always available, is diffiult to misunderstand, and gets my vote.

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So, so far I've learned you can get fired by:

telling the boss his music sucks

blackmailing him

Finding out "The Secret" and saying you won't tell

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I still can't find the red ball... I'm sure I'm missing something really obvious...

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how long does it take til you meet the robot?

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Im trying to play this game in IE, and keep getting the following message:

"The Google Adventure at this moment works with Internet Explorer :/"

...even though I'm actually USING IE?

Help pls? I want to plaaaaaaay

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what is The Secret!!!!???

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The game is now back in a working cross-browser version!

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Ack!

I got all the way to the Secret and didn't know what lava lamp to push! I don't really want to go all the way through it again, how does it end?

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And what is the "best ending"? I got promoted to Quality Assurance Manager and I am still working in Google after two years... I did get the green substance but never used it, by the way... Is this the happy ending? I agree with most of you guys--I do not want to go through it all over again! Pwease? What is the best/happy ending?? :-)

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XandraChick March 4, 2006 6:36 PM

Help! I've gotten really far, but cant find rubber gloves, stuff to wash the car with and the rubber ball.

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In the old text-based adventure games, like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you could save the game so that if you died (or got fired) then you didn't have to start all over again. Any chance of that with this game?

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to GET the ball

you need to get promoted then have pizza then intarnet the dictornay then down the server to meet guy the rat i gave cheese

...

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annoyed July 6, 2007 11:35 AM

surprisingly, your colleague on the second floor is the best help.

steal some food from the chef on the third floor to get gloves then you're forced to wash dishes. I used the gloves on the lab level to fix the green substance and steal some into my mug. can anyone help me next?

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can someone post a walkthrough?

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where is the robot! ive been sittin here for ever!

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someone please post the walk through for Google adventure. this all i got so far you start your job music tell loud so you turn down the road and the you say i a good singer. you get back to work you need a spell check. you talk to your colleges and tell them do you know a good spell check which is shift 3. you get back to work press shift 3 and job done. go on surf the internet look up boss name Donna comes up. ask for a promotion and tell him about Donna and don't tell no one hes secret. take your mug and go outside go in the kitchen and take your boss yogurt leaves the kitchen and the robot comes. wait for him and ask him if you weren't meant for cleaning would you clean. he breaks down then take a closer look and take his key. can't figure out the code for the elevator what do i do after that.

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Alright folks, here it is, a full walkthrough. But try to do it yourself first and if you get stuck, this is here to help. Otherwise it's no fun!

Take a seat.

  1. Turn down the radio.

  2. Sing to Frank.

  3. Go back to your computer.

Chit-chat.

  1. Look out, Microsoft engineer!

  2. Do you have spellcheck?

  3. Do you have a good automated tool?

  4. OK, thanks.

Concentrate and work.

  1. Use a tool.

  2. Shift x 3

  3. Sit and relax.

Grab your mug.

  1. Sit and relax.

  2. Go to the hallway.

  3. Leave the room.

Inspect paintings.

  1. Painting of Brin.

  2. Inspect closer.

  3. Ponder your choices.

Enter storage room.

  1. Pick up plastic sword.

  2. Reconsider your choices.

  3. Exit the room.

Enter kitchen.

  1. Get coffee.

  2. Ponder next move.

  3. Open refrigerator.

  4. Pick up the yoghurt.

  5. Continue...

  6. Leave the kitchen.

Wait for cleaning robot.

  1. Talk to the robot.

  2. Would you clean this carpet?

  3. Continue...

  4. Take a closer look.

  5. Take the key.

  6. Continue...

Go to the elevator.

  1. Unlock security.

  2. 887

  3. Press a button.

Basement.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Don't risk your life.

  3. Press a button.

4th floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Talk to Phd.

  3. Leave quietly.

Enter idea chamber.

  1. Talk to Phd on trampolin.

  2. Push him.

  3. Continue.

  4. Take a seat.

  5. Take a nap.

  6. Continue...

  7. Run into the forest.

  8. Follow the bunnies.

  9. Climb the mountain.

  10. Talk to Yoshka.

  11. How can I use the plastic sword?

  12. continue.

  13. Leave the room.

  14. Exit through elevator.

  15. Press a button.

1st floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Look at desk computer.

  3. Don't enter password.

  4. Exit through elevator.

  5. Press a button.

2nd floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Enter kitchen.

  3. Pick up winter coat.

  4. Continue...

  5. Leave kitchen.

Enter storage room.

  1. Pick up plastic sword.

  2. Continue.

  3. Exit the room.

Go back to office.

  1. I'm sorry, please take it.

  2. Ponder next action.

  3. Surf internet.

  4. Google.com

  5. Search "dna over ip"

  6. Try to memorize.

Chit-chat.

  1. Password to PC in lobby?

  2. Thanks!

  3. Go to hallway.

  4. Leave room.

  5. Go to elevator.

  6. Press a button.

4th floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Talk to Phd.

  3. X.509 digital certificates?

  4. Yes, layer-thingies...

  5. Gladly accept.

  6. Exit through elevator.

  7. Press a button.

2nd floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Go back to office.

  3. As for promotion.

  4. Thanks!

Surf internet.

  1. Google intranet site.

  2. Enter "praisethepagerank"

  3. The-sysop-dictionary.txt

  4. Print document.

  5. Grab dicitonary.

Go to hallway.

  1. Leave room.

  2. Go to elevator.

  3. Press button.

3rd floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Order something to eat.

  3. Veggie pizza.

  4. Take pizza.

  5. Go to elevator.

  6. Press button.

Basement.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Continue...

  3. Go East four times.

  4. Go North four times.

  5. Go west.

  6. Talk to sysop.

  7. Give veggie pizza...

  8. Continue...

  9. Take plastic ball.

  10. Continue...

  11. Go east.

  12. Go South four times.

  13. Go West four times.

  14. Enter elevator.

  15. Press button.

1st floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. Look at desk computer.

  3. Enter "ilovelucy"

  4. Print name tag.

  5. Continue.

  6. Exit through elevator.

  7. Press button.

5th floor.

  1. Exit elevator.

  2. I'm a visitor...

  3. Continue.

  4. Sit in the visitor chair.

  5. Continue eight times.

  6. Try to follow Sergey.

  7. Hop on plastic ball.

  8. Sneak into wall.

  9. Carefully pass sensors.

  10. Enter through the light.

I will fight you and tell the world!

  1. Weild plastic sword.

  2. Continue.

  3. Continue.

End.

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