How far would you go for the perfect cup of coffee? Would you jump cliffs while carrying a high-tech brewing contraption on your back? Likely not, but that's exactly what players will do in an upcoming PC game aptly called Caffeine.
While plenty of video games have no doubt been created by programmers amped up on coffee, Caffeine is perhaps the world's first-ever video game that actually revolves around the beverage. In the game, "you play as a barista called Steeper who is looking to make the perfect coffee, and doing that requires gathering the best ingredients," gaming blog Siliconera explains. "And so off you go, venturing across a sky island to grab coffee beans from local plants, the purest sugar from inside mysterious caves, and the freshest water from nearby springs (and more). Once it’s all gathered, Steeper can put the ingredients into his backpack coffee machine and create that coveted coffee blend."
Don't expect green aprons and pour-over tutorials, though: Steeper looks more like a Disneyland tourist than your stereotypical barista, clad in shorts and a turquoise visor (what, no forearm tattoos or horn-rimmed glasses?), and the colorful scenery looks more like a beautiful acid trip than anything espresso-induced.
Those eager to settle in with a ristretto shot and get to exploring Caffeine's pastel environment will have to be patient: The game, which is a thesis project from three students at the Maryland Institute College of Art, is still in the early stages of development. Expect to see a Kickstarter pop up in 2016.
For now, check out a trailer for the game below — and if you just need a way to waste some time right now, consider Chipotle's Atari-style game or KFC's ridiculous Colonel Sanders game, both live and ready to help you procrastinate the day away.