In this whimsical game, you play as a resident of the island. Walk around in nothing but a bathing suit, swim, and eat snacks. It's mostly a slice of life exploration game with some fantasy bits sprinkled in. But if you're very diligent indeed, you can eventually acquire four elemental items and use them to free the spirit of Hope!
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.
SPOILERS AHEAD. Reading a walkthrough prematurely can sometimes diminish one's enjoyment of an interactive fiction game. Please make an honest effort to play the game before reading this walkthrough.
I notice in this home, room descriptions mention new ways to go, but never mention the way you originally entered there.
Note: You have a two-item carrying limit in this game, so take all isn't useful.
> x me.(naked!)i.(nothing)
> x bureau. open it.
> x suit. wear suit.(+5)
> look in pocket. open pocket. x key.
> x flip flops. wear flip flops.(+5)
> x towel. take towel.(+5)
> x bed. look under bed.
> x socks. smell socks.(eww)
Too much information, fella. Let's try to forget that happened.
> look through window.
Top of the Stairs
> x painting.(of a buoy)
> g. g. take paper. read paper.("4 8 15 16 23 42")
Unfortunately, you'll never learn what those numbers are for.
Bug: "Take shower" acts like "pick up shower".
> x toilet. read note.
> x shower. x sink.
> x mirror. g. g. g. g. g.
> enter shower. sit on toilet.(Both are denied.)
> w. s.
Cheating suggests there's a camera inside the armoire, but it's locked and there's no key that unlocks it.
> x bed. x armoire. open it.(locked)
> n. w. d.
At 9am, you hear a horn announcing the Maquoit II arriving at the Ferry Dock.
> x backpack. open it. x wallet.
> put towel and paper in backpack.
> take backpack. wear it.
> x couch. x tv. turn on tv.
> x matchbox. put it in pack.
> open fridge.
> x snack. eat snack.(+5)
> x TaB. drink TaB.(+5)
> close fridge.
> x cup. drink coffee.(+5)
> x tin box. put it in pack.
> w. s.
> unlock door with key. put key in pocket.
Don't worry about closing or locking your front door.
> sit on chair.(+5)
> x stone. look under stone. x snake.(+5)
> s. s.
Old Stone Library
> open cardboard box. take Zotz.
> read Zotz.(+20. You now have the power to kill with a word?)
> put Zotz in pack.
> n. n. w. n. e.
> x ornaments. take ornaments.(+5)
> e. s. e.
Don't worry about your inventory when swimming. Water damage isn't implemented in this game.
> swim in cove.(+5)
> x cookie. stand on cookie.(Boring without other people.)
> w. w.
> read sign.
> enter ACE Hall.(Should've signed up.)
> x flagpole.(Leif appears briefly behind it.)
> enter post office.(Nothing to mail.)
> enter fire house.(No fires to report.)
> enter court.(Mr and Mrs V wouldn't like that.)
> s. s.
> x rock. put it in pack.
Rocky Beach E
> x fort. x oyster.
> open oyster. take pearl.(+20)
> x pearl. put pearl in pack.
> w. n. n. w. s.
Note that Larry's doesn't open until 9 am. You cannot buy the snacks; they're not implemented.
> x girl. buy ice cream.(for $1.45)
> eat cone.(+20)
> x ms pac-man. play ms.(+5)
> n. w.
At various times in the game, the Maquoit II and its passengers will be at this dock. Neither the boat or the people are important to you. If you enter the boat, the game will end with you leaving the island.
> x boathouse. x bucket. x mackerel.
> put bucket in pack.
You're unlikely to guess these actions without cheating:
> dive off boathouse.(+50)
> jump off boathouse.(+50)
> e. e. n. n. n.
Sunset Road N
When you first enter this location, you see a golf cart of teens go past you and swerve off the road into a ditch, but there's no actual cart or ditch to investigate.
I actually managed to guess this one.
> dance.(+20. Can't believe that worked.)
> e. n. e.
> x osprey. x stump.
> put mackerel on stump.(That seems correct, but nothing happens.)
Fire Trail W
If necessary, wait a turn or two for the osprey to get the mackerel.
> x feather. put it in pack.
> e. s. ne. e. e. e.
> x sticks. put sticks in pack.
> w. w. s.
BUG: If you take the mullberries, they'll disappear and you'll get 5 points. You're told you need a suitable container. You're supposed to use the tin box from the kitchen, but it doesn't work. So, just take the berries and get the points.
> take mullberries.(+5)
> e. e.
Sorry, there's nothing here.
> w. w. s.
> x house. enter house.(You'd die of boredom.)
> n. w. n.
Despite the warning, the mosquitos pose no actual threat and you can't do anything about them.
> x mosquitos.
> n. sw. s. e.
Sue's Store doesn't open until 12:24 pm. I tried to waste time for you elsewhere, so hopefully it's not too long a wait.
> z.(Repeat waiting until it's 12:24 pm.)
> x Sue. buy gum.(for $0.10)
> open gum. eat pink gum.
> x tattoo. wear tattoo.(Your forearms tingle.)
By the way, I cheated to learn that there's beer for sale too, but you can't drink it or do anything with it.
> buy beer. x beer. open beer. x Lifes.
> close beer. put beer in pack.
> s. w. n. e.
CAUTION: Stinky Beach to the south is dangerous. You may want to save first.
> take zotz.
CAUTION: Buddy the Undead Goat may kill you immediately on entry. If this happens, UNDO, WAIT a turn, then go SOUTH back onto the beach.
BUG: The goat has a random chance at killing you ANYWHERE on any turn after you meet him. Running away will not help you.
There are two ways to destroy the goat:
> zotz.(+100, if you are holding the Zotz book directly.)
> pop claws.(+100, if you are wearing the Wolverine tattoo.)
> look. x horns. take horns.
Stinky Beach E
> x kayak. enter kayak.(You row to...)
> s. s. u.
Tower Floor 1
> x fire pillar.("W")
> put sticks on pillar.
> open matchbox. take match. light match.
> light sticks with match.(+20)
Tower Floor 2
> x pillar.(yen sign)
> put horns on pillar.(+20)
Tower Floor 3
> x pillar.("O")
> put pearl on pillar.(+20)
Tower Floor 4
> x pillar.(a wavy symbol)
> put feather on pillar.(+20)
When all four pillars are destroyed, you gain 1000 points. The spirit of Hope names you as its champion, telling you to travel to Hope Island and KILL EVERYTHING YOU SEE! Wow, plot twist.
*** You have won ***
To be continued in The Island 2: Hope's Revenge.
... but don't count on it.
A Teenage Girl is behind the counter at Larry's. She waits to take your order.
A Great Osprey flies above the Fire Trail. Sometimes it lands by the tree stump.
Sue owns and operates Sue's Store. She can sell you a couple things.
Buddy the Undead Goat attacks anyone who enters Stinky Beach.
Background and cameo characters:
A small snake can seen under the large stone in your front lawn.
Some passengers are on the Maquoit II.
Mr and Mrs Vanderfeller can be seen on the tennis court from Wharf Road.
Leif is briefly seen behind the flagpole on Wharf Road.
A dozen teens drive past you in a golf cart.
A deer crossing the road is startled by your approach.
Ghosts in the spooky cemetery may dance with you.
A swarm of mosquitos attack you in Mosquito Alley.
The spirit of Hope names you as its champion when you win the game.
Chester house is on Chester's Road. His lawn is decorated with many ornaments.
Geriatics are in the Whales of August House.
An evil magician imprisoned the spirit centuries ago.
You have died
if you Buddy the Undead Goat kills you.
You have chosen to leave The Island and return to The Mainland. Why you would chose to do so is, frankly beyond me.
if you enter the Maquoit II when it's at Ferry Dock.
You have won
if you destroy all four pillars of despair in the tower.
You have a two-item carrying limit; things you're wearing don't count. You should put most of your inventory into the backpack.
a bathing suit. It's in your bedroom bureau.
You should wear the suit, unless you want to wander around the entire island naked.
The suit has a closed pocket which contains a brass key, but you likely won't notice the pocket until you put the suit on.
Wear the flip flops for 5 points. You probably want to leave them on to protect your feet.
a towel. It's in your bedroom bureau.
You never actually use the towel, but it's considered proper to just have it. You can't wear it. You'll use it automatically to dry off after any swimming or diving, but the game isn't really checking if you have any towel with you.
a pair of crusty socks. They're under your bed.
You can't wear them. (And why would you want to?) They're useless. Ignore them.
If you really must, smell the socks. If you still don't know what the socks were used for, I'm not the one to enlighten you.
scrap of paper. It's behind the painting at the top of the stairs; examine the painting three times to notice the paper.
Read the paper to see a list of six numbers. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be useful at all.
a backpack. It's in the living room.
You can wear it. You should wear it. It's your player's carry-all and it will hold most of your possible inventory in this game. You'll have to put stuff in yourself; it's not automatic.
You can't eat it. Instead, put it on the tree stump at Fire Trail then leave, maybe wait a turn or two, and return. A Giant Osprey will eat the mackerel while you're gone and leave an osprey feather in its place.
You cannot just give the mackerel directly to the bird while it's on the ground, and, in fact, the bird needs to be flying in order to swoop down and eat the fish, so you may need to wait for the bird to take off!
osprey feather. It's left at Fire Trail after feeding the Giant Osprey; see mackerel.
In Tower Floor 4, put the feather on the Air Pillar.
small pile of sticks. They're at The Bluffs.
In Tower Floor 1, first put the sticks on the Fire Pillar, then light a match and light the sticks with the match.
X-MEN gum. It's for sale at Sue's Store for $0.10. Her store opens at 12:24 pm.
You should wear the tattoo; it makes your forearms tingle.
At Stinky Beach, pop claws to slice up the Undead Goat just like Wolverine. The tattoo crumbles away afterwards, and the goat's Black Horns are left behind.
Yes, it's nearly impossible to guess that pop claws is the command to invoke the tattoo's magic.
Miller High Life beer. It's not mentioned, but it's for sale at Sue's Store for $20.00. Her store opens at 12:24 pm.
If you open the beer, you'll find 12 Miller High Lifes inside. You cannot drink any of it.
I only found out about the beer by cheating. You're supposed to be able to give the beer to some bored teenagers at a fire somewhere, but I never found them. Perhaps they only show up at a late hour, but considering that the beer isn't mentioned in the store, I'm inclined to believe that the teens never ever appear.
Black Horns. In Stinky Beach, they're all that's left of the goat after it's destroyed; see Zotz and Wolverine tattoo.
In Tower Floor 2, put the horns on the Earth Pillar.
mullberries. They're in the Mulberry Tree on Cliff Street.
You're supposed to put the mullberries into the tin box so they don't get damaged, but the game is buggy here, and any attempt to take the mullberries, whether you have the tin box or not, will result in the mullberries disappearing and you gaining 5 points. You can never actually obtain or eat the berries, even though you should.
The response to SCORE is:
You have so far scored your-score out of a possible 0, in several turns.
Points are awarded as follows:
5 points for wearing the bathing suit.
5 points for wearing the flip flops.
5 points for taking the towel.
5 points for eating the snack.
5 points for drinking the TaB.
5 points for drinking the coffee.
5 points for sitting on the porch's rocking chair.
5 points for taking or examining the snake.
5 points for attempting to steal Chester's ornaments.
5 points for swimming in the cove.
5 points for playing Ms. Pac-Man at Larry's.
5 points for picking mullberries.
20 points for reading Zotz.
20 points for acquiring a pearl.
20 points for dancing in the spooky cemetery.
20 points for eating a black raspberry ice cream cone.
50 points for feeding a Great Osprey.
50 points for diving off the boathouse.
50 points for jumping off the boathouse. (It's odd that they count as separate actions.)
100 points for killing the undead goat.
20 points for burning the sticks on the Fire Pillar.
20 points for putting horns on the Earth Pillar.
20 points for putting the pearl on the Water Pillar.
20 points for putting the feather on the Air Pillar.
1000 points for destroying all four pillars of despair.
So... the maximum score is 1470? Sure, why not? Or am I missing 30 points from a total of 1500?