Genres and mechanics have names for a reason. When something comes up often enough, it's worth developing a shorthand and grouping things together that feel alike. In the past few years, mashing up genres has become the new it thing. When done well, a game can be more than the sum of its parts. Nova-111 is a great example.
The quirk of Nova-111 is exactly what it decided to blend together. Real-time control and turn-based gameplay are almost always mutually exclusive; having one generally precludes the other. Funktronic Labs has crafted a game that melds the two together, and not only does it work, it feels totally fresh and new.