Absolutely love the visuals of this, which makes it even more disappointing that the game is so shallow 😕 However, as I loved the look and I love collecting things, I kept playing this for a while!
Like Tobymoby below, I quickly set up a macro that would spam Z, so all I had to do was walk around the little island, pressing R every once in a while. But after a handful minutes, I got tired of that...
However, as I've been playing too much Animal Crossing lately and being only 2 fossils away from finishing that section of the museum, only having gotten duplicates for what feels like an eternity, my drive for finishing things is very strong right now. I was not gonna give up completing this game that easily, even if it did go against my drive to play the rest of the games as well (still a lot to go through!)
So I set up a second macro that would run through a series of timed key presses to first position Hannah in the bottom right of the island, then comb over every spot, and finally move to the next day - i.e. play the game automatically. This is obviously a very naïve approach to playing the game. Flowers and artifacts spawn much more often than wildlife, and respawning wildlife is ignored by this macro - however given enough time it should eventually discover every type of treasure.
Confident as I was, I started it up, and went to take a shower, expecting to come back to a guidebook perfectly filled with every flower, wildlife and artifact. During the shower, excitement turned to fear. "What if there's some sort of cool congratulations-message at the end, that the macro will just skip right through?" I would've beaten the game like a dirty cheater, and might miss the reward entirely. All of my efforts would have been for nothing!
Some 30 minutes later, I returned to my computer with great anticipation. What would my progress look like? I stopped the macro, and checked the guidebook:
Flowers: 125 / 125 🎉
Artifacts: 125 / 125 🎉
Wildlife: ...81 / 125 😱
...so anyway, thanks for listening to my Ted Talk about RNG and diminishing returns.
(also please remember to let people fullscreen your games in the future, cause it's tiny >.<)