Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a video game developed by Asteroid Base for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Playstation 4, Linux, Android and Xbox One. The project is part of the ID@Android program. The game’s title is a reference to the Bruce Cockburn song “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”.
The game can be played alone or with two players. The players pilot a spaceship with a variety of stations located inside it. These stations control the ship’s weapons, engine, shield, Yamato cannon, and map. Each player controls only a single avatar (as well as commanding the AI pet in single-player mode), and thus must constantly move from station to station in order to balance flying the ship, protecting it from damage, and attacking enemies. During the course of gameplay, gift boxes can be discovered which may contain gems. These gems can be attached to the stations, giving them new, enhanced powers.
The game consists of four campaigns; each contain four levels and a boss fight. The goal of the regular levels is to find and rescue an assortment of captured creatures including bunnies, frogs, foxes, and ducks. After capturing five such creatures in a level, a heart-shaped portal to the next level is unlocked and the players may enter it to complete the level. A few levels feature an alternative gameplay mode in which a special engine is attached to the ship which the players must protect as it warps the ship to a new area. Up to ten creatures may be rescued per level. Creatures saved count towards improving the effectiveness of the ship by allowing two gems per station, or unlocking new ship layouts.
There are four campaigns, all named after constellations: Ursa Major, Cetus, Orion, and King Cepheus. Each campaign has four levels and a final boss, which takes the shape of the constellation in that chosen campaign.
The first of four campaigns, Ursa Major has four levels: Forest Cluster, Planetoidia, Wormhole Outpost, Cavernous Core, and the final boss, The Great Bear.The objective of the campaign is to collect and save all of the bunnies.
The second of four campaigns, Cetus has four levels: Skybeach, The Four Queens, Big Seas, Undercaves, and the final boss, The Sea Monster. The objective of the campaign is to collect and save all of the frogs. This campaign introduces sun and water surfaces, which can be used to strategically defend against enemies.
The third of four campaigns, Orion has four levels: Celestial Snowfields, Solar Vents, Winter Wormhole, Melt Zone, and the final boss, The Hunter. The objective of the campaign is to collect and save foxes. This campaign contains winter and ice-themed maps.