Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime almost ready to serve breathless starship defence for two

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Somewhere in the middle of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime’s laser antics, my memory found a match. We had our first look at this bold micro-platformer nearly three years ago, and this trailer is our last before launch. From September 9th, pairs of tiny pilots will be pulling on fish bowl helmets and manning turrets, activating shields, triggering thrusters, all in a cooperative effort not to meet the hostile vacuum outside their spherical vessel.

There are controls for all sorts of powerful weapons and tools on your ship – more than enough to occupy the two crew members on board. Often you’ll need to hop out of your seat and engage in a moment’s platforming to find another joystick and deal with the threat at hand. That might be dastardly robots, monstrous creatures, or “galactic forces of nature”.

“We had a goal to give gamers a true co-op experience where each person would always be involved in the action,” explained Asteroid Base co-founder Jamie Tucker. “We believe the game’s fast-paced action and frenetic switching between the ship’s various controls creates not only a frantically fun environment, but also ensures players never have to wait on their companion in order to stay busy.

“That said, players still to need to maintain healthy communication or risk the possibility of turning lovers into old flames.”

The setup still makes me think of a weaponised Numskulls, and the ship resembles The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Heart of Gold. Both wonderful things. Do you think you’ll climb aboard in exchange for $14.99 come September?