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Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a neon-colored, Star Wars-inspired co-op micro-platformer

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime has a very specific source of inspiration: the scene in the original Star Wars in which Han Solo and Luke Skywalker scramble to the Millenium Falcon's quad laser cannons to fend off an incoming TIE Fighter attack.

To further drive home Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime's imaginative spark, Toronto-based developer Asteroid Base describes its two-player cooperative shooter/micro-platformer as "Jumpman meets Asteroids meets Han saying 'Don't get cocky.'" Two players must work together, running back and forth between the neon-pink Death Star's battle stations, controlling turrets, shields and thrusters to survive encroaching jellyfish attacks and sundry galactic threats.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a project borne of a Toronto Global Game Jam in January, its creators say. Its being developed for Windows and Mac PCs for release in 2013.

Asteroid Base previously released Shuriken Skies, a competitive multiplayer ninja game conceived at the 2011 Toronto Global Game Jam. Shuriken Skies can be downloaded for free for Windows PC at its official site.

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