Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime can be played alone or with two to four 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, 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 contains 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.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a space shooter video game developed by Asteroid Base for Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, Linux, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
The game's title is a reference to the Bruce Cockburn song Lovers in a Dangerous Time.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime was released on September 9, 2015, for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, OS X, and Linux,and on October 3, 2017, for Nintendo Switch.
In February 2016, Asteroid Base teamed up with the monthly subscription box service IndieBox to create an exclusive, custom-designed, physical release of the game.
This limited collector's edition included, among others, a themed USB flash drive with DRM-free copy of the game, the original soundtrack on CD, a Steam key, and various collectibles.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime became free to members on Xbox Live Gold in February 2017 and to members on PS Plus in April 2017.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime received positive reviews from critics. Aggregate review website Metacritic assigned a score of 82/100 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions,and a score of 80/100 for the PC versions.
Simon Parkin from Eurogamer, playing the PC version, recommended the game.
Destructoid awarded it a score of 10 out of 10, saying "If you've got a loved one to play with, do yourselves a favor and play this game as soon as possible, you won't regret a your lovely journey through space"