The primary way to level in Island Life is to plant crops and harvest them. In most cases, the crops you plant take several hours or days to ripen and gain you experience in three different ways.
First you have to till the land. This costs 10 gold per plot and gains you one experience point. Now you plant your crops gaining up to two experience points per plot and later you harvest them, gaining an extra experience point only if someone has fertilized the plot.
Assuming you wish to level quickly, the answer is cabbages. These give no experience for planting but are ready in only five minutes; meaning that you can gain the 1 exp. per plot for tilling every five minutes.
Cabbages sell for a profit of 2 gold (after taking into account the cost of tilling the land) so at first sight, this would imply that you could make a profit of 2 gold every 5 minutes per plot or 576 gold in a 24 hour period, if you played continuously. Similarly, it would seem that you could make 268 exp. in a full day of playing.
There is, however a flaw in this calculation. It takes around 2.3 secs. to till a plot, 1.9 secs to plant it and 3.5 secs to harvest it. Assuming you are working a full field, the planting time can be ignored as it will take place during the first plot’s growing time. Nevertheless, you have to add an average of 5.8 secs to the time it takes to cycle through a single plot.
This means that, were you to play a full 24 hours, you would make 133 full harvests, gaining 133 exp and 266 gold, per plot. Whilst this is higher than any other way to make exp, it is not as far ahead of other crops as at first sight. In practice, you will not be playing 24×7 so you will make as much with longer duration crops.
Below is a table of the crops for the first 20 levels of Island Life, together with the duration and the experience and gold made per day per plot, assuming you are there to replant as soon as your crop matures.
|12||Edible Mushrooms||1 day||70||162||2||82||3.0|
My advice is to work out when you will be able to return and to plant a crop which will be ready in about that time. Then, when you have time to play for a while, plant cabbages and go fertilize your neighbors’ fields, returning to harvest every 5 minutes. When you get bored, plant a longer duration crop.