Rescue Party: Take a break from FarmVille to rescue animals (in space!)

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Wondering what's next for Facebook games? Take a gander at Rescue Party, a new animal rescue game from San-Francisco based Tribal Crossing that's one part FarmVille and two parts Pokemon. Everything you expect from a A-list social game is here, and it's all wrapped together in one one slick (and charming) package.

Rescue Party's main goal is to collect animals -- lots of 'em -- by traveling from planet to planet in a fictional universe, luring a collection of stray critters to your spaceship using different types of home-grown bait. Once you've scooped them up, you give your new pets a home on your planet where you tend to them by feeding them, giving them shelter and doing those other things that doting pet owners tend to do.

At its core, Rescue Party is a social game, and all of the typical social gaming features are in attendance. There's a home planet that you can decorate to your liking, motivation to earn coins and experience by collecting animals, planting crops, cooking and helping neighbors. And, if you're so inclined, you can spend real-life cash to buy premium items (too bad the game does not support Facebook Credits at the moment) and other upgrades designed to enhance your overall experience, such as special potions to make your crops grow faster, to refill your energy meter (which is used to fly from planet to planet) and so forth.

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At this point, you're probably rolling your eyes thinking, "So... why is this game better than the bazillion other social games out there??" Just load the game on Facebook and the answer will be evident. Rescue Party looks fantastic, with an art style that's on par with more high-end casual games, rather than the less-than-impressive art found in some of Rescue Party's social gaming peers.

The game is also packed with features, all of which appeal to the adventurer, over-achiever and collector in all of us. There's a built-in achievement system, a mission system and a stampbook that keeps track of which animals you've captured and which one. Then, there's that whole adventure/explorer thing when you travel to different planets, never knowing what to expect when you land. On their own, these features are not necessarily groundbreaking, but put together in a game that's officially been around for a month or so, it's pretty clear that there's someone behind the scenes that knows what makes social game types tick.

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Oh yeah, lest I forget, this game lets you grow meatballs in your garden and care for pets with funny names like "Spoiled Susy Melon." Need I say more? If you're tired of the clone wars on Facebook, check out Rescue Party to try something different in a quirky galaxy far, far away.

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