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See part one here!
After surviving the world of Raft and each other for a while, we noticed something in the distance other than a deserted raft. It was an island! We got excited but quickly realized a problem. How do we stop the raft at an island? After spitting through the crafting menus we came across a basic anchor and quickly threw it overboard near the island.
On the islands you can find trees, plants and sometimes even an abandoned base at the top with a chest. If you were lucky enough to craft an axe before finding yourself on an island, you can chop down trees for a good amount of wood. In addition to wood, there might be other types of trees on the islands like mango or coconut trees that give food as well by cutting them down. There are different types of plants that grow edibles too like pineapples or simply flowers that can be looted and used in making paint to paint your base! All of the plants and trees can drop seeds to grow your own on your raft too!
After deforesting the island with our axes, we decided to take a dive and see if there’s anything we can find underwater we could use. Of course our friend Simon likes to greet us every chance he gets, but we found a remedy… a temporary one. You can make a fishing rod and in addition to using the fish for food, you can also use the fish to craft shark bait. Simply craft it, throw it, wait for the shark to catch on to it and you’re good to go!
When diving, you quickly find yourself surrounded by resources. Things like heaps of sand or clay, scrap metal, stones and seaweed. You can either loot these by hand or gather it using your hook as a pickaxe of sorts. If you’re feeling really lucky you can dive a little deeper to find minerals in the island rock like copper and iron ore or a sunken raft with a chest in it!
Having gathered enough, we quickly set sail again. Islands are fun and all, but your resource flow comes to a stop so you have no choice but to continue your little sea drift. We also found out the anchor we used was a single-use item, but fortunately they are cheap to make, for they are mostly rocks!
The best part about getting tons of new resources in Raft is the ability to instantly expand your list of researched items! Feeling like children we started dumping every new material in the research table and clicked all the shiny research and learn buttons to teach us how to craft new items. The sand and clay can be combined to form wet bricks that can be placed on the ground. After a while they become dry bricks and these can be combined into a smelter after researching them, which is used to smelt our excess sand into glass or our ores into ingots! In addition you quickly find yourself learning upgrades for your tools, storage, raft blocks, grills and purifiers to make things easier for yourself.
After crafting some shiny new things like a sail and some crop plots to grow our food in, we quickly realized our raft needed more expansion. We decided to not only expand the raft but also make a square of nets along the edges of our raft. These nets will automatically hold on to items it touches, removing the need of constantly having to hook items to advance your crafting! It does take a lot of rope to craft, so it was quite slow to make. However, it was definitely worth it in the end since we’d be collecting loot regardless of the direction we were sailing in!
While building our net system, our bricks became dry bricks and after a few more island visits, we finally had our smelter! Just like the grills and purifiers it needs wooden planks to smelt resources into ingots. It was now time for the next phase: Handlin’ metal!