If you ever want a hilariously surreal, adorable, weird, twee space shooter where you can have your pet cat act as your gunner, then Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is for you. Released in October 2017 on pretty much everything (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam), this indie title does not take itself seriously, but its sense of silliness and its ability to entirely embrace its lunacy turn it into a complete gem.
It’s cheap, too! For some reason it was on offer from it’s already whopping £5 price tag. Developed by Asteroid Base, what you have to do, right, is pilot a spherical ship around a world and open up new areas. Whilst doing so, up to four players can race around their ship to different gun turrets, fending off heathens who dare attack you. It’s a blast (duh hurr hurr hurr hurr)!
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
It’s a simplistic title, but one we had to thing long and hard about in an attempt to summarise its oddness. First up, let us stress this is best enjoyed as a multiplayer experience, although one person can still enjoy it as you get an A.I. pet cat or dog who will assist you in gunning down enemies (with an enthusiastic meow or bark).
It’s set deep in space where an anthropomorphic species has made its home on a lovely planet with a heart of love as a space station. It’s powered by lovely love, but one day some bastards known as the anti-love brigade mess things up and it’s your duty to restore order to the world and save a bunch of cute animals.
To the gameplay! You guide your neon spaceship around environments taking out enemies, opening up new areas, and restoring equilibrium by saving the aforementioned cutesy animals. As you do, things get pretty mental and your strategic skills will be tested to the max! You power-up your ship with some ingenious weapons along the way, as you blast your way through stage deflecting incoming enemy missiles, ordering your cat to gun down foes, and hitting your friends if they make a mistake.
Simply put, as a game it’s hilarious fun, it doesn’t take itself at all seriously, and it’s really what video games are all about: grand escapist, imaginative fun. We can highly recommend it to you all if you want to immerse yourself into a silly, vibrant world of madness.