Serendipity in 2D

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Serendipity in 2D is an arty game, maybe even an experimental one. You view a hospital from the side, the walls cut away. With your far-reaching cursor you have to orchestrate chains of events that will ultimately lead to three things: someone being saved, someone finding love and someone dying.

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Walkthrough:

1.

The doctor in the top left needs nuts, not soda. He'll watch TV for awhile.

2.

To the right is a mole. Click on it 3 times, then the steam gauge, then the mole again so it block the steam OPEN. This affects that pipe on the chimney.

3.

Break the TV antenna. Glasses guy walks off and leaves his trash. Dunno he goes.

4.

Call the helicopter (phone on the right at the desk). When a guy emerges and shouts at the suicidal guy, click on the steam pipe on the roof as he waves his hands in the air. Rescuer is now hanging on to the edge of the roof. Click on the left cloud and then suicide guy. He saves the guy from the helicopter. LIFE SAVED.

5.

Click on the bottom elevator. The nurse is now taking care of twins on floor 3. Click on the guy on the right of the third floor. He will go into cardiac arrest and the nurse will rush for the defibrillator. Hit the switch in the basement as she picks it up. LIFE TAKEN. Nurse runs to 4th floor storage closet and cries.

6.

One the second floor are two guys drinking coffee. As the right one grabs the coffee pot, click the men's restroom on floor 1 and then coffee guy who drops the pot and leaves. Click on his friend who goes to the elevator. Click the elevator and the guy goes to the top floor operating room.

7.

At the desk, use the left phone to call the ambulance. Click on the remaining cloud until it zaps a house. The fire engine has to park in the grass because the ambulance is in the lot. Click the trees until the squirrel is in the right tree. Send the two trucks away. The squirrel is in the hospital and the guy on the couch hates rodents. Click the window the squirrel entered and then the squirrel. Sleeping guy wakes up and goes to elevator. Click elevator and he goes to 4th floor right room (coffee!)

8.

In the top floor operating room, click the medical box. Doctor shakes it and goes to 4th floor closet. He comforts the nurse and they go get coffee. LOVE FOUND.

There are some things that MUST be done in order.

The nurse has to try to save the guy. If you kill the heart attack guy while the nurse is on the first floor, then she doesn't care.

Break the TV after the glasses guy sits down, but before the helicopter lands.

Jam the steam valve OPEN (not closed...) before calling the helicopter.

Click the windy cloud before the suicide guy saves helicopter guy, otherwise you lose your chance.

Burn the house after the ambulance arrives.

Wake up the guy on the couch before the surgeon comforts the nurse.

Those are the only ones I know of.
There are two things that are HARD to time right and one other is quite difficult.

the helicopter pilot's dash
the coffee pot breaking and the doctor leaving (otherwise he gets drafted into cleaning it up)
shutting off the power for the defibrillator

Serendipity in 2D Walkthrough

Tips

  • The three people that need to live, die and find love are:

    • Live:

    • the guy on the roof;

    • Die:

    • the woman in the right-most hospital bed;

    • Love:

    • the female doctor and the male doctor (not the surgeon);

  • To kill the woman in the bed, turn the power off as the female doctor tries to use the defibulators.

  • To save the guy on the roof, you need to use the helicopter, the steam vent and one of the clouds.

  • To find love, you need to get the two doctors into the coffee shop. That means you need to get the coffee shop employee awake and back to his job. This involves the squirrel outside in the trees, the spectacled man with the bag of nuts, as well as the emergency vehicles (yes, there are two).

  • There is an ambulance, but you can also locate a fire engine.

  • The following are dud items: the mouse, fire hydrant, cupboards, microwave, two patients in the leftmost hospital beds, the coffee furnace in the shop, the TV, the clock, the x-ray and the soda machine.

  • The following items are useful: the mole, the switch for the steam boiler, the power switch, both call buttons by reception, the restroom door, the coffee jug on the 1st floor, the trees, the clouds, the Nuts vending machine, the antenna and the steam release pipe.

  • The coffee shop guy hates rodents.

  • A squirrel is a rodent.

The full sequence

  1. Click on the Nuts vending machine.

  2. Click on the top-floor elevator door to let the guy with the glasses use it.

  3. Wait for the guy with the glasses to sit down and drop the nuts packet, then click on the antenna on the roof.

  4. Keep an eye on the guy (1st floor) who keeps refilling his coffee. When he gets the coffee from the machine, click on it to make him drop it.

  5. Just after this, click on the Restroom door (ground floor) to send the janitor there.

  6. Click on the last man standing (1st floor). Click on the 1st floor elevator door to have him use it.

  7. Click on the ground floor elevator so the female doctor can use it.

  8. Click on the right-most patient. The female doctor will rush over to save her with the defibulators.

  9. Hover over the power switch in the basement. Just as the female doctor gets the defibulator, turn off the power.

  10. Click on the 3rd floor elevator so the female doctor can use it.

  11. Click on the mole (outside, above the middle of the hill). Keep moving him down until he is over the steam switch.

  12. Flick the switch, then click on the mole to sit on it.

  13. Click on the right-hand switch located by reception.

  14. Wait for the helicopter to land and for someone to spot the jumper on the roof. Click on the rooftop steam pipe as the rescuer rushes forward (this might take a few tries).

  15. Click on the left cloud and then immediately click on the jumper.

  16. Click on the left-hand switch by reception.

  17. Click three times on the right-hand cloud.

  18. Click on the left tree.

  19. Click on the ambulance, then the firetruck.

  20. Click on the first floor vent.

  21. Click on the first floor elevator for the coffee shop employee.

  22. Click on the first aid box in the surgery (4th floor).

  23. Click on the 4th floor elevator.

Thanks, James, for the walkthrough!

27 Comments

The ship's name was SERENITY.

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May I be the first of maaaaany to point out that the name of the ship is "Serenity"?.....yeahhh...

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Dang, LoZfan...can't believe someone beat me to my comment!!!

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Omg, really, i saw this game years ago, could never beat it!

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I'm sooo stuck on the "Fall in Love" bit.

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SonicLover Author Profile Page November 29, 2010 7:22 PM

...the exact sequence of events. The only way to uncover them; trial and error. Extensive trial and error. Precision pixel hunting trial and error.

Maybe this is just my opinion, and maybe I'm missing a point somewhere, but I seriously don't see why any game for which this bit of description is accurate deserves to exist.

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I don't see what's the big deal about fighting over that comment, unless you guys are sci-fi fans.

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Hahaha. I like how the first thing I thought was also that the name is the "Serenity" and not "Serendipity". Though John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale DO make a good duo.

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alisonofgun November 29, 2010 7:52 PM

I have played this game before- I assumed it was at JIG but I guess not. Somehow I got my hands on a walkthrough as after a few goes- I quickly lose interest in trial and error type of gaming (although I always like to know the outcomes:) ). To SonicLover I thought it very similar to Hapland or Grow series games- so if you like that kind of thing you will probably enjoy this. Don't know if this is a spoiler so I'll tag it anyway

This game may be a bit tougher than those because maybe you make the wrong person die, or the wrong one live, or the wrong ones fall in love. It is difficult because there is only one way to fulfill all 3 but sometimes you will do things that get 2 of them right and so making it tough to figure out which sequences you have correct and which ones need to be altered. I almost never get through these types of games without a walkthrough so I don't see it as too different from Hapland & Grow but maybe you would disagree.

I am not good at those kinds of games so I give up rather easily, but at least find the walkthrough and finish this one out because it is interesting how one little change affects all, even who lives or dies. My 2 cents:)

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I saved and killed one.
Death:

suicide guy on roof

Saved:

defibrillator on 3rd floor

Love?

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@SkylerF

I don't think that's the right sequence.

If you let the guy on the third floor die, the doctor encounters another doctor later.


So with that chain of events, I've gotten to this point:

One surgeon is obviously on the "love" path with the female doctor, trying to get into the coffee shop.

The guy on the roof is in a position to save the helicopter pilot, but is too weak to get him back on the roof.

The guy with glasses is just watching TV, and the guy on the couch is still asleep.

Anybody got anything else past that?

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Walkthrough:

1.

The doctor in the top left needs nuts, not soda. He'll watch TV for awhile.

2.

To the right is a mole. Click on it 3 times, then the steam gauge, then the mole again so it block the steam OPEN. This affects that pipe on the chimney.

3.

Break the TV antenna. Glasses guy walks off and leaves his trash. Dunno he goes.

4.

Call the helicopter (phone on the right at the desk). When a guy emerges and shouts at the suicidal guy, click on the steam pipe on the roof as he waves his hands in the air. Rescuer is now hanging on to the edge of the roof. Click on the left cloud and then suicide guy. He saves the guy from the helicopter. LIFE SAVED.

5.

Click on the bottom elevator. The nurse is now taking care of twins on floor 3. Click on the guy on the right of the third floor. He will go into cardiac arrest and the nurse will rush for the defibrillator. Hit the switch in the basement as she picks it up. LIFE TAKEN. Nurse runs to 4th floor storage closet and cries.

6.

One the second floor are two guys drinking coffee. As the right one grabs the coffee pot, click the men's restroom on floor 1 and then coffee guy who drops the pot and leaves. Click on his friend who goes to the elevator. Click the elevator and the guy goes to the top floor operating room.

7.

At the desk, use the left phone to call the ambulance. Click on the remaining cloud until it zaps a house. The fire engine has to park in the grass because the ambulance is in the lot. Click the trees until the squirrel is in the right tree. Send the two trucks away. The squirrel is in the hospital and the guy on the couch hates rodents. Click the window the squirrel entered and then the squirrel. Sleeping guy wakes up and goes to elevator. Click elevator and he goes to 4th floor right room (coffee!)

8.

In the top floor operating room, click the medical box. Doctor shakes it and goes to 4th floor closet. He comforts the nurse and they go get coffee. LOVE FOUND.

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There are some things that MUST be done in order.

The nurse has to try to save the guy. If you kill the heart attack guy while the nurse is on the first floor, then she doesn't care.

Break the TV after the glasses guy sits down, but before the helicopter lands.

Jam the steam valve OPEN (not closed...) before calling the helicopter.

Click the windy cloud before the suicide guy saves helicopter guy, otherwise you lose your chance.

Burn the house after the ambulance arrives.

Wake up the guy on the couch before the surgeon comforts the nurse.

Those are the only ones I know of.
There are two things that are HARD to time right and one other is quite difficult.

the helicopter pilot's dash
the coffee pot breaking and the doctor leaving (otherwise he gets drafted into cleaning it up)
shutting off the power for the defibrillator

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This game desperately needs an undo button. The timing is so finicky, and you don't get a second chance at anything. Even following the walkthrough step-by-step I can't finish the game.

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When a game is so hard that I cannot complete it even with a complete walkthrough, it had better be so much fun to play that I don't care.

Such games exist. This is not one of them.

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Comment on the timing

In step 6 of the walkthrough, you can actually do it in reverse order and have a little more time. That is, click on the coffee pot as the doctor is pouring it, and then click on the bathroom door before the clumsy doctor moves off screen.

Also, you have plenty of time to get ready for the defibrillator scene. Just click on the guy as the doctor is checking the bags, and then get the mouse ready to click the power off. She has to finish her animation before walking over to revive the patient.

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anonymouse November 30, 2010 2:55 AM

I think the walkthrough is broken: I don't see any nurse. Is it referring to the woman doctor?

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davidcwilliams November 30, 2010 10:21 AM

I've read the article twice looking for the reference to Firefly™. Where is it?

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anonymouse
I called her a nurse because I saw a doctor in a stereotypical pink dress. Also, "nurse" is shorter than "woman doctor."

frikazoyd
The timing for the defibrillator scene I mentioned is actually when you turn the power off. It can only be done once and sometimes the power comes back on before the guy is actually dead.

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At the end, click the coffee pot for a fun little easter egg.

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@Faz

Oh, the poor janitor. They are much abused.

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Serendipity in 2D Walkthrough

Tips

  • The three people that need to live, die and find love are:

    • Live:

    • the guy on the roof;

    • Die:

    • the woman in the right-most hospital bed;

    • Love:

    • the female doctor and the male doctor (not the surgeon);

  • To kill the woman in the bed, turn the power off as the female doctor tries to use the defibulators.

  • To save the guy on the roof, you need to use the helicopter, the steam vent and one of the clouds.

  • To find love, you need to get the two doctors into the coffee shop. That means you need to get the coffee shop employee awake and back to his job. This involves the squirrel outside in the trees, the spectacled man with the bag of nuts, as well as the emergency vehicles (yes, there are two).

  • There is an ambulance, but you can also locate a fire engine.

  • The following are dud items: the mouse, fire hydrant, cupboards, microwave, two patients in the leftmost hospital beds, the coffee furnace in the shop, the TV, the clock, the x-ray and the soda machine.

  • The following items are useful: the mole, the switch for the steam boiler, the power switch, both call buttons by reception, the restroom door, the coffee jug on the 1st floor, the trees, the clouds, the Nuts vending machine, the antenna and the steam release pipe.

  • The coffee shop guy hates rodents.

  • A squirrel is a rodent.

The full sequence

  1. Click on the Nuts vending machine.

  2. Click on the top-floor elevator door to let the guy with the glasses use it.

  3. Wait for the guy with the glasses to sit down and drop the nuts packet, then click on the antenna on the roof.

  4. Keep an eye on the guy (1st floor) who keeps refilling his coffee. When he gets the coffee from the machine, click on it to make him drop it.

  5. Just after this, click on the Restroom door (ground floor) to send the janitor there.

  6. Click on the last man standing (1st floor). Click on the 1st floor elevator door to have him use it.

  7. Click on the ground floor elevator so the female doctor can use it.

  8. Click on the right-most patient. The female doctor will rush over to save her with the defibulators.

  9. Hover over the power switch in the basement. Just as the female doctor gets the defibulator, turn off the power.

  10. Click on the 3rd floor elevator so the female doctor can use it.

  11. Click on the mole (outside, above the middle of the hill). Keep moving him down until he is over the steam switch.

  12. Flick the switch, then click on the mole to sit on it.

  13. Click on the right-hand switch located by reception.

  14. Wait for the helicopter to land and for someone to spot the jumper on the roof. Click on the rooftop steam pipe as the rescuer rushes forward (this might take a few tries).

  15. Click on the left cloud and then immediately click on the jumper.

  16. Click on the left-hand switch by reception.

  17. Click three times on the right-hand cloud.

  18. Click on the left tree.

  19. Click on the ambulance, then the firetruck.

  20. Click on the first floor vent.

  21. Click on the first floor elevator for the coffee shop employee.

  22. Click on the first aid box in the surgery (4th floor).

  23. Click on the 4th floor elevator.

Thanks, James, for the walkthrough!

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The

helicopter pilot's dash
the coffee pot breaking and the doctor leaving (otherwise he gets drafted into cleaning it up)
shutting off the power for the defibrillator

are NOTHING compared to the @#$%, finicky

MOLE

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iLLuSioN_MooN December 3, 2010 12:08 PM

In the last scene where they're looking at the star(Did I use the right word?).

You could actually click the coffee pot on the second floor to make it fall and piss off the janitor.

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@ Eric, LoZfan03, dsrtrosy, and anyone else who is pointing out that the name of the ship is Serenity,

You're wrong. Yes, the name of the ship is Serenity and not Serendipity, BUT the title of the game is supposed to be Serendipity, because of the words definition:
"1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
3. An instance of making such a discovery."

[They were commenting about an incorrect reference in the review, which has been edited out and no longer exists. -Jay]

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What is up with the squirrel?

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...

So... I have no idea what this "mole" everyone is referring to is, and the guy on the first floor won't move while he's sweeping...

???

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