Coco's Scavenger Bots (How to give Mechanical Parts more use)
I have noticed this game has no feature (yet) that just gives some small rewards without putting effort in it.
You always gotta play to get stuff.
At the same time, Tech Parts become useless once you have unlocked everything (Max Silo, Labs and Chicken Coops), there was an attempt to make them into Tradeable options for Mission Boards, but that's pretty useless the moment you filled the Bar.
So, I thought maybe you could remedy these 2 things by making a brand new Facility...
The Scavenger Bots.
Coco could say she has an Idea for Bots that help gather Materials. So, of course you will need parts for the facility.
Then you need Parts for the Bots to be build.
Once they are build you can use parts to enhance their performance (e. G. Increase the number of materials they get, increase the Variety of Materials they get, decrease the time it'll take for them to complete their scavenging mission).
There will be different goals you can pick when sending them on the hunt. They can focus on getting specific materials, a wide variety of materials, weapon specific materials, Materials that you need for the daily quest or Mission Board... So that's the stuff that comes to mind.
Their Scavenging would take place outside of the Levels... Eg. They Bring you Fizzle Flakes they don't reduce the amount that you find in Jungle Beach/Upstream. They fibd their stuff "off Track" if you will.
What material they can find depends on how many stages you unlocked, e. G. You can't get Bellow Peppers before unlocking Upstream.
Also, you can decide to send them away in increments of hours.
If you send them away for one hour you'd get between 10 and 12 items.
Sending them for 2 hours would allow you to get 25-30 items.
And so on, so every extra hour you wait makes it "even more worth" when they get back.
It would Cap at 24 Hours.
While you can't send them to specificly gather Crystals, every Item they pick up can have a low chance to be a Crystal. Cap Would be 5 Crystals in one Trip. The 1 hour Trip has a 2% chance per item that instead of a Material it would be 1 Crystal. 2 hours has a 3% Chance... And so on.
Whenever the bot finds a crystal, the chance for another Crystal could decrease by 5%...
That way, the 24 Hour Trip will be the one that's best suited to get Crystals as a bonus.
You should be able to make 3 Bots that can go on Trips independently. They have 30 hours they can share however you like it (either 2/4/24 or 10/10/10 or 1/5/24 or 12/12/6), once they return, you get the time back (So you can send 1 Bot on 8 3 hour tours until the Bot with the 24 hour tour is finished, whenever a tour is done you get the amount of time to distribute between all bits that are not on tour).
So yeah, sounds ambitious, but I'd like it to be somewhat engaging while also offering a way to get goodoes when not playing the Game AND make use of Tech Parts...
Like I said, once you got your Island maxed you can only trade the for Wumpa or in the ever so rarely Seasonal Mission Boards.