Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime
|a game by
|Asteroid Base Inc.
|8/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown
|6.5/10 - 4 votes
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|Arcade Games, Local Multiplayer Games, Split Screen Games, Games Like Overcooked, Games Like A Way Out
In a world where online multiplayer is the norm, couch multiplayer games are becoming a treasured rarity. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime defies the modern trend of always-online multiplayer with its fun and addictive local multiplayer gameplay.
Teamwork at its best
Either alone or with friends, the task at hand in Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is simple: survive the evil forces of Anti-Love as you cruise through outer space. Players have to pilot a massive neon-colored battleship and take turns manning the turrets and all the other ships controls.
The game keeps things simple enough to be enjoyable, and most importantly, it’s one of those games that you can play with anyone, regardless of how skillful they are at videogames.
That said, the game works best as a multiplayer experience. Solo players might find the game a bit frustrating, even though the game provides you with some AI companions. These bots are serviceable enough, but they fail to act quickly during the more demanding moments of the game, leaving you to fail, even if you’ve been playing flawlessly.
Shooter and puzzle
The game mixes some elements from classic arcade shooter games like Gradius and adds some puzzle elements to the mix. Levels aren’t as linear as they are in a simple shoot ‘em up; instead, each stage feels more like a maze, testing the coordination skills of every player aboard the ship.
If you’ve played games like Diner Dash or Overcooked, then you might already have an idea of how this game works. Time management is essential in Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, as leaving a post unmanned for too long could be the mistake that costs you and your friends the whole playthrough.
Simply put, there are few gaming experiences as engaging as playing a round of Lovers with your friends. The immediacy of couch multiplayer and the game’s frantic action ensures that everyone is engaged in the game at all times, and the result is a unique experience that is unmatched by online multiplayer sessions.
Another area where Lovers excels at is its graphic department. The game uses simple 2D sprites to render most of the action, but these sprites are colorful and full of charm. Think of Geometry Wars meets A Night in the Woods and you’ll get what Lovers looks like.
The game’s trippy graphics also work very well with the whimsical nature of its title, delivering a well thought out package where every piece fits in just the right place. The unique design of the ship and its upgrades is also a welcome addition. You won’t find giant, FTL-like ships here, instead, you get a neon ball that adds rooms as the game progresses.
While this might seem like a stylish decision, it kind of sours the experience of customizing your ship. Like we mentioned before, a customization system similar to FTL: Faster Than Light would work wonders in this game, especially if it has the game’s quirky designs.
Fun and well crafted, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a game that feels unique and full of charm. As a couch multiplayer experience, it’s unlike any game in the market, even though solo players might feel left out of the fun.
The lack of online multiplayer is a risky bet, but it’s safe to say that developers Asteroid Base definitely nailed the local multiplayer experience. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is like Rock Band without the plastic instruments and the dad rock, but with all of the fun and the teamwork involved.
- Charming graphics
- Addictive gameplay
- Excellent couch multiplayer
- Difficult enough to be challenging without being overly complex
- Not great for solo players
- AI companions are a bit dull