Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
By David Chapman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Grab a buddy and take a colorful joyride through space.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Standard good vs. evil, but with a focus on positive feelings such as love fighting against darkness. Also, there's a strong message of teamwork, friendship.
Positive Role Models
Although not much character development, focus is on bonds of teammates, AI pets working together to save the universe, rescue those in need.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, but you're trying to coordinate who should go where between two players, which complicates things; even harder when playing solo -- you have to direct your AI pet between stations while managing your own movement.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of shooting, blasting. Cartoonish violence, with small explosions more like fireworks.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Despite the title, overall theme of love; "LOVERS" in title an acronym for the heroes' organization.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a downloadable arcade-style space-based shoot-'em-up game. A two-person crew (either two players on the same system or one player and a computer-controlled companion) work together to navigate, defend, and attack from various terminals located around their ship. Teamwork and communication are key to success. Players usually have to shoot their way through obstacles and opponents, but the violence is limited to exploding ships and defeated monsters in brightly colored shapes.
Where to Play
Videos and Photos
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Based on 1 parent review
Cooperation family friendly game
Report this review
What’s It About?
In LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS SPACETIME, the universe has become a place of peace and understanding thanks to the creation of the Ardor Reactor, a device that can harness the power of Love and spread it to the far reaches of the cosmos. The reactor is protected by a team of heroes known as the League of Very Empathic Rescue Spacenauts (L.o.V.E.R.S.). When something goes wrong with the Ardor Reactor, opening a rift in Spacetime, dark forces make their way through and attack the L.o.V.E.R.S. at their base. One prototype spaceship manages to survive the destruction and, with a small two-person crew, make its way through the vastness of space, trying to defeat the encroaching darkness and once again spread the power of Love across the universe.
Is It Any Good?
They say that love conquers all, but it doesn't hurt if you can team up with a partner in a custom, well-armed, prototype spaceship to help tip the scales in Love's favor. Luckily for the universe at large, that's exactly what you get in Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. Unfortunately, this particular ship is a little understaffed. Everything, from the gun turrets and shields to the thruster and navigation map, are controlled from individual computer terminals. With only a two-creature team manning the ship, you have to frantically run from terminal to terminal to keep it in one piece. Single-player mode lets you order around an AI teammate to man other terminals, but the real fun is in the two-player multiplayer. It's a blast to sit next to another real person, frantically saying where you need each other to go and bumping into one another along the way.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is brimming with personality. The cute premise, unique gameplay, wacky characters, and colorful style all make it stand out from the usual space-shooter fare. Its biggest shortcoming comes from its pacing. Since you have to run around from terminal to terminal to get anything done, progressing through each level is a much slower process than you'd usually see in a similar game. It's not as noticeable when you have two players working together (and unintentionally distracting each other), but if you're playing solo, the additional step of ordering your AI pet around really spotlights the more methodical nature of the game. Later stages in particular can get frustrating as you run around, frequently forgetting your partner and trying to do it all yourself. Still, it's never frustrating to the point of outweighing the excitement of the game. And if you're lucky enough to find a Player Two you really gel with, it's a breeze to operate the ship like a well-oiled machine and breeze through the worst the game can throw at you.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about teamwork. How important is it to communicate with others and to work together to overcome obstacles?
Discuss the power of positive feelings. How can feelings of kindness and love spread to others and, in turn, make the world a better place?
- Platforms: Mac, Windows, Xbox One
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Asteroid Base
- Release date: September 9, 2015
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy violence
- Last updated: November 2, 2020
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Play
Our Editors Recommend
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate