There aren’t enough local co-op games out there. That is just a fact. It seemed that, for a long time, local co-op was destined to die out and that all that would be left would be to tell our grandkids that we used to be able to play with our friends without the need of an online lobby or using enough machines and wiring to network a small business. Which is a huge shame, because having some friends in the same room as you, playing together has always seemed like a better experience to me. Don’t get me wrong, there still are local co-op games out there, but they are few and far between. They become even rarer when you want to play a co-op shooter.
I’ve always loved a game that emphasizes teamwork amongst your friends, I’ve wasted whole weekends playing Four Swords or Gauntlet with my pals. I’ve pumped in countless hours on titles like Never Alone. In Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, you and your buddies join The League of Very Empathetic Rescue Spacenauts, work together to rescue cute cosmic bunnies and thwart the plans of evil aliens, thus saving the universe from falling into the hands of Anti-Love. Working together in one ship that has several action nodes such as piloting the ship, shooting or shielding the ship, saving the galaxies of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime along the way.
So you get a shooter, but it doesn’t follow the traditional sidescroller format, taking in sprawling levels that you can pilot around in anyway you like (as long as that part of the map is unlocked) meaning you have the opportunity to explore and you will want to because every hidden corner or shady turn you take can bring you pleasure or pain and the interesting and beautiful level designs will keep you pootling along anyway, just to see might be there.
The worlds you encounter in Lovers will be familiar to everyone that has ever played any game ever, your standard fire, ice or water level, but because of the unique design of this game they are all rendered in beautiful and unusual ways, water will shoot orbs from it and suns can rain fiery, orb destruction at any moment. The cutesy style of graphics and the lovingly rendered backgrounds mean that this is a game that will probably never age, graphically. Top that off with crisp, cute and fun sound design and it’s easy to see that this was put together with love by the developers.
Don’t let how cute Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is lull you into a false sense of security, though. This game will waffle-stomp your friendships and make you invent swear words in rage. As mentioned above, it expects you to manage steering, shooting, and shielding all at once, but since a single player is only capable of doing one of these things at a time, the player must enlist the help of either an NPC or up to three actual friends. This leads to confusion and hilarity as you hop from station to station, your rotund spaceship gently bobbing through a berserk, neon-drenched, Hello Kitty bullet hell, laughing and screaming in equal measure.
Stressful though it may be, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is an absolute blast of good old fashioned, sofa-sharing fun. Its cutesy, colourful and pretty art style keeps the game whimsical and light even when terrifying multi-orbed death is bearing down on you and a lot of clever ideas have been explored both through the visuals and the gameplay. However it is the emphasis on teamwork that makes for a fun but tough co-op experience. Whether playing alone or with a friend, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is definitely worth checking out
More like this please.