Gamelab Barcelona 15: Tower defender Super Barista puts you in charge of a space Starbucks
Super Barista is a tower defence game - wait! Wait come back. I was about to say it's a tower defence game with a difference.
Instead of killing waves of introducing goblins, you're trying to satisfy the caffeine addiction of various intergalactic patrons. Your job is to build a cafe and order drinks that will keep astronauts happy.
So instead of turrets you build vending machines, tables, and robotic coffee vendors. And instead of remembering the right weapon to kill each enemy type, you have to remember their favourite drink.
You end up with a clever mix of strategy and time management as you craft a smart path through your space Starbucks and keep everyone refreshed with their preferred brew before they stomp out in a huff.
You'll have special crew members on hand to help out, like a sniper who shoots a bullet of coffee at an unhappy patron. And you can earn bonus combo points by refreshing five people at once.
The game's got a great pixel art style, and that's capped off with collectible cards that champion the community of pixel-pushing artisans. Top artists like Henrik Pettersson (Mojang), eBoy, and Octavia Navarro (Pixels Huh) have contributed cards.
Super Barista will launch initially for iOS (the team is open to an Android version), and is due in late July.