Rescue Team 7 Review: Sending Out an SOS

The Good

Simple but extremely entertaining gameplay.

Fun variety of buildings to create and rescue methods to employ.

The Bad

No major improvements over the previous game.

It’s time to save some people! And some animals, too! Rescue Team 7 continues the long and successful series of time management games with a new installment centered around one of our favorite casual gaming activities: resource allocation. Nothing screams “hero” like someone with a hardhat who knows when to prioritize a hamburger over a can of gasoline.

Rescue Team 7 is set in a series of areas beset by natural disasters. Sometimes it’s an impending storm or tornado, sometimes it’s an avalanche with hikers stranded in the mountains. No matter the emergency, you and your rescue crew are here to save the day. Send out workers from the home base to pick up piles of resources and clear debris from the path. Remove obstacles to open up new roads, gain access to buildings, set trapped citizens free, or just make your walk a little shorter.

Your three main resources in Rescue Team 7 are food, wood, and money. Some combination of these is necessary for most activities, even clearing out piles of sticks or rescuing wandering kitty cats. Buildings such as fast food joints, houses, and sawmills will generate some of these resources over time, you just need to make sure the structures are in good repair beforehand.

Two unique resources in Rescue Team are bones and fuel. Yes, bones, the things dogs love to chew on. You’ll need these to send rescue pups out to chase away snakes or search through piles of rubble for hidden survivors. Fuel serves a similar purpose and lets you pick up stranded people using a variety of vehicles. See those skiiers trapped in the snow? Fuel up the ski lift and bring them in!

Outside of Rescue Team’s intense gameplay are a few extras you won’t mind diving into. The in-game shop lets you spend hard earned bonuses for a variety of upgrades, things like faster worker speed or better engines so planes can deliver supplies more efficiently. You’ll also upgrade your rescue HQ with spare change, which is a little more fun than functional.

The difficulty in Rescue Team 7 is right on the nose. Most of the challenge comes from figuring out what order to do things and which resources you need to prioritize over others. If you’ve got a lot of animals to rescue, for example, you’ll probably need more fast food joints than sawmills. This creates just the right amount of tension in each stage, forcing you to think a little before you start clicking.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Rescue Team 7 is both addictive and entertaining. Yes, it shares a lot with its predecessors, maybe even a little too much. But the difficulty is spot-on, the variety is high, the levels are interesting, and best of all, you’ll feel like a hero each time you complete a stage.

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