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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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.
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