L is for Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Despite sounding like an erotic Doctor Who fan fiction, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is actually a super adorable sci-fi space shooter. You are tasked with rescuing the universe from the evil forces of anti-love. Spread the love!

There’s a unique mechanical twist in Lovers. You don’t control the ship directly; instead, you control a little avatar inside the ship that moves between different stations to drive, shoot, or position the shields. This makes the action a bit more frantic than a standard space shooter where you can control everything simultaneously. It also plays into the couch co-op nature of the title.

I played both solo and co-op in preparation for this review, and co-op is by far the better way to play. In solo play, you have an AI companion that you can direct to one of the stations to fire at enemies or position the shield. You are solely in charge of driving, obviously. There is something nice about having direct control over everything your ship is doing, but it takes some of the magic out of playing with others.

When you have at least one other friend to play with you, there’s a lot more communication about what roles you are playing within the ship, who’s shooting which direction, which power-ups to put where, and strategy of how to take down bosses. It’s more exciting and immersive to be playing with others. It kinda feels more like what I imagine flying a little ship like this would be like. The game does support up to 4 player co-op, though I only played with one other person.

All in all, I definitely recommend playing Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, especially if you’ve got some friends you can invite over for a couch co-op session. Even solo, the experience is still entertaining enough to give it a go.

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