While Zynga’s FarmVille and Playdom’s Social City may receive most of the attention when it comes to Facebook games that have made the transition to iPhone titles, CrowdStar’s Zoo Paradise has also made the leap, thanks to YouWeb.
Unlike another of CrowdStar’s iPhone games, Happy Island, Zoo Paradise instantly connects to your Facebook account, letting you bring in your zoo from Facebook, or, create an entirely new one directly from the app, if you’ve not played the game until now. Additionally, unlike Happy Island, Zoo Paradise seems to be a fully-featured version of the game, and includes a store, the animal collection features (the butterflies that randomly fly around your zoo, for example), trash and coin pickups, feeding animals, watering plants, collecting from exhibits and concession stands and more.
The only main features that seem to be missing are the mini-games, the daily prizes and a message inbox. That being said, it seems as though the inclusion of all of these details (including guests that individually animate and walk around your park) has caused the app to run pretty slowly. In fact, simply tapping and dragging to view a different area of your zoo(s) causes a small loading icon to show up, and you have to wait for the app to catch up. You can also pinch to zoom if you’d prefer to take a closer look at your zoo. Additionally, you have to be pretty precise in your movements, especially when you want to collect the free coins on the ground, or pick up trash. All told, though, these are issues that a future update could easily fix.
Again, all of your progress created on either the Facebook game or the iPhone app will transfer to the other, allowing you to track your zoo from wherever you go. Even with its issues, if you want to give the app a chance, you can pick up Zoo Paradise from iTunes for free, so why not give it a shot?