This week at E3 2014 independent game studio Asteroid Base revealed a new trailer for their upcoming Xbox One indie game Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. This intriguing title requires some serious teamwork in order to succeed.
“It’s the perfect game for couples," said Asteroid Base co-founder Jamie Tucker in a press release we received from Microsoft. He believes that couples, "sitting on their couch in front of their Xbox One, make the perfect team."
In Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime there are two astronauts who control a spherical star ship utilizing controls spread about its hull. Players can only operate one control station at a time. That means one person steers while another operates guns. Or shields. Or lasers. Communication between teammates, and prioritizing which control is most pivotal at a given time seems to be at the heart of staying alive in this unique game.
It’s about resource allocation – human resource allocation – and communication. A good part of the fun is just letting your partner know what you’re doing, and what you need him or her to do in turn.
One of the things that sets this title apart is its vivid use of colors and odd alien life forms you'll need to destroy. Did we mention you'll have to save bunnies? There's also a diverse set of power-ups to upgrade your ship, some of which are pretty wacky. Don't take our word for it though: Check out the trailer for yourself.
Controls are simple enough that even non-gamers can pick up and play the game easily, so you should be able to cajole your game-naïve significant other into playing without too much trouble.
The game features procedurally generated tiles, and never plays out the same, although each playthrough is scored against previous ones.
This gamer is looking forward to getting his hands on Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime with his significant other. Hopefully it won't ruin the relationship. How do you think it'll impact your love life?