Reality Show is a TADS 2 interactive fiction game and is © 2003 by Anonymous. It was a participant in the Speed-IF Jacket 2 event.
In this short game, you play as one of five players in a TV game show, but only one of you is real. Explore the vicinity and earn points by discovering what is real and what isn't real. The first player to return to the gateway with 1000 points is the winner.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on the version dated April 12-13, 2002 of the game.
Two random effects make an exact walkthrough impossible, but it's easy enough to deal with. First, the fog moves in and out from your location. Just wait until the fog leaves before trying to examine anything in a room to get the points (if any) from it. Secondly, there are a quartet of wandering NPCs, but fortunately, you may ignore them. Of course, feel free to examine them when you see them.
> xyzzy. plugh. plover.
> x me. x Sam. e. w.
Drab hallway / Foggy room
> x fog (if present). x table. x fish. (+100 pts) n.
Vaulted antechamber / Foggy room
> x notebook. (+100 pts) n.
Platonic cave / Foggy room
> x shadows. (+100 pts) n.
Arched antechamber / Foggy room
> x pencil. (+100 pts) n.
Hall of Wisdom / Foggy room
> x hat. (+100 pts) n.
Confessional / Foggy room
> x camera. x spotlight. x dog. (+100 pts)
> x twig. (+100 pts) x brick. (+100 pts) x corset. (+100 pts) n.
Empty Room / Foggy room
> x sculpture. (+100 pts) x certificate. n. e.
> x Sam. x John. e.
*** You have escaped from reality ***
From the game's banner text:
Type QUOTES to see which quotes were used to design this game, to varying degrees. Type INFO to see the instructions to authors.
Speed-IF Jacket 2 was organized by Sam Kabo Ashwell.
Programming credits: This game makes use of the funcs.t module, by Stephen Granade.
In a total of several turns, you have achieved a score of your-score points out of a possible 1000.
This walkthrough is provided free of charge since I wrote this walkthrough prior to January 2015 when I began my Patreon account. I've since reformatted this walkthrough to use my currently preferred style. I hope you enjoy it!
I'm still creating new walkthroughs! Please visit my Patreon account if you're interested in helping me create more interactive fiction walkthroughs. I appreciate all the help I can get! Thanks again.