1sland is an interesting take on the battle royale genre. Instead of trying to kill all the other players, here you’re trying to find the only island in a massive sea. Find it first and not only can you reap the rewards, you can also personalise the chunk of land to really put your mark on it.

It’s a much more meditative experience than your usual blaster, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a decent level of challenge here. There’s plenty you need to discover if you want to be staking your claim on the island first.

And that’s where this guide comes in. We’ve played a good chunk of the game and uncovered a bunch of hints, tips and tricks that are going to help you get the most out of 1sland.

If you’ve got your own helpful suggestions then we’d love to hear them, so make sure you add them in the comments section at the bottom of the article. Before that, though, here’s our guide to grabbing oysters and finding the island first in 1sland.

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How To Collect Oysters

There are a number of ways to collect oysters, and some are easier than others. You’ll get 1 oyster for sailing a set distance, for smashing a specific number of ice chunks, for collecting orbs and for catching different species of fish. You can keep track of how you’re doing with each from the in-game menu.

The more oysters you’ve got, the more you can spend, which is super important for getting to the island first. You’ll need to buy faster boats, various upgrades and extra flares to make sure you’re the the first to sight land.

Complete Missions After You’ve Found The Island

When you spot a mission, try and remember where it is – if you’ve got spare bouys you can drop one, for example. Missions are great ways to work your way up the leaderboards and increase your XP, but you shouldn’t prioritise them over finding the island.

Some races are going to be difficult to finish when you’ve only got the starting boat. That’s because you’ll have to smash through ice, and won’t have the speed to do it. You can still collect the orbs though, so it’s worth taking them on.

Watch Out For Whirlpools

You’ll see whirlpools from time to time – they’re round patches of different coloured water – and if you’re not careful they’re going to suck you in and halt your progress. You’ll only lose a few metres, but you can end up confused about the direction you need to be heading in.

It’s best to give whirlpools as wide a berth as you possibly can. It might mean you’re missing out on other goodies, but it’s not worth the danger of getting sucked under the ocean.

Buy The Torch

Travelling slows down to a crawl during the night because you can’t see where you’re going. That means that buying the torch should be on the top of your agenda. The light lets you move faster during the dark times, which is essential if you want to get to the island first.

Once you’ve got the torch, it’s time to start making your ship faster. The upgrades you buy will apply to any boat that you unlock, so you’ll be helping out your future boating self as well.

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