If you needed one more reason to be jealous of folks who live in Austin, TX, aside from having nearly unlimited access to the best barbecue on the planet, try this on for size: This weekend, Tiger Style's new game will be playable at Juegos Rancheros at The Highball. If that sentence doesn't hold much weight for you, allow me to explain.

Tiger Style is the team of guys behind Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor [$2.99 / HD], which not only was our 2009 iPhone Game of the Year but also took home several other awards such as the Independent Games Festival's best iPhone game. Juegos Rancheros is an equally awesome monthly gathering of independent game developers that started as a casual thing and since turned into an event that even has attracted the attention of Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward.

Details on what Lost Mars is all about will likely be incredibly limited until the event this weekend, but the Juegos Rancheros site offers this tidbit:

What do you get when you mix one part METROID, one part 1970′s-era sci-fi film, and one part… gardening?!

I don't know what you get when you mix those three things, but I do know I couldn't possibly be more excited about it. The second we get more details we'll post 'em.

  • http://twitter.com/Niasyn Allan Lee

    Anything one part Metroid puts at least 3 characters of my password into the appstore!

  • Chad

    Any idea if the event is open to the public. I might need a drink at Highball (and some play time...)

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      It is!

  • Anonymous

    The Metroid/70's sci-fi combo sounds very exciting - but other part..."gardening" has me concerned. 

    • Caanerud

      Maybe you have to tend to the game-world and rebuild it by planting vegetation. Maybe by planting trees it helps you access new parts of the game world.

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        Well it's Mars... there's no vegetation... sounds like TerraForming. You know Game  Designers/Writers aren't the most original bunch ;)

      • Anonymous

        I'm cool with terraforming while exploring hopefully a danger-filled mars. My problem is,  I see gardening, and I think the evil roots of Farmville. Maybe it's got a plants versus martians vibe lol.

  • Macaroon

    70's sci-fi and 'gardening' has me hopeful that Triffids might have a part to play in this one...

  • curious

    Looks great.  Excited about the concept, perhaps something akin to Shadow Complex?