This "spaceship simulation roguelike-like" allows you to take your ship and crew on an adventure through a randomly generated galaxy filled with glory and bitter defeat.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (25,863 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 14, 2012

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"Even better with the free content update, a space sim with roguelite elements which will sometimes unfairly kill you. Good mod scene too."
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About This Game

****New Content Available****
The free expansion, FTL: Advanced Edition, is available now! Content additions include: new alien race, events, weapons, playable ships, drones, and more! Also adds additional musical tracks by Ben Prunty, and events by Tom Jubert and guest writer Chris Avellone.

If you already own FTL it should update the new content automatically. Advanced Edition is included free for anyone who purchases the game from this point forward.
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In FTL you experience the atmosphere of running a spaceship trying to save the galaxy. It's a dangerous mission, with every encounter presenting a unique challenge with multiple solutions. What will you do if a heavy missile barrage shuts down your shields? Reroute all power to the engines in an attempt to escape, power up additional weapons to blow your enemy out of the sky, or take the fight to them with a boarding party? This "spaceship simulation roguelike-like" allows you to take your ship and crew on an adventure through a randomly generated galaxy filled with glory and bitter defeat.

Key Features:

  • Complex Strategic Gameplay - Give orders to your crew, manage ship power distribution and choose weapon targets in the heat of battle.
  • Play at Your Own Speed - Pause the game mid-combat to evaluate your strategy and give orders.
  • Unique Lifeforms and Technology – Upgrade your ship and unlock new ones with the help of six diverse alien races.
  • Be the Captain You Want - Hundreds of text based encounters will force you to make tough decisions.
  • Randomized Galaxy - Each play-through will feature different enemies, events, and results to your decisions. No two play-throughs will be quite the same.
  • No Second Chances! - Permadeath means when you die, there's no coming back. The constant threat of defeat adds importance and tension to every action.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor:2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1280x720 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support, and recommended dedicated graphics card with 128 MB of RAM
    • Hard Drive:175 MB HD space
    Some integrated Intel HD graphics cards have been known to work but are not officially supported.
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6 or above
    • Processor:Intel 2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1280x720 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support, and recommended dedicated graphics card with 128 MB of RAM
    • Hard Drive:175 MB HD space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x720 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support
    • Hard Drive: 175 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
244 of 260 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
69.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
FTL: Faster Than Light was my summer in Paris, if Paris was actually Somalia and summer was hot enough to melt my face off. And you want to know something about my trip? I loved every second of it.

FTL is a sci-fi lover's (like myself) dream. Filled with references here and homages there, it never slows down, the action is always frantic yet methodical, and it's an absolute delight.

FTL is a Real-Time Strategy game (with a turn-based element). You control a ship and it's crew from an over-head, side on perspective. There is no movement of ship to control beyond jumping from beacon to beacon.

When it comes time to fight your first ship (probably in the tutorial, seriously, do the tutorial), you can pause time by pressing the space-bar, to assess your options and your tactics, in a similar way to that of games like Dragon Age: Origins or The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. You must make sure at all times that your crew are alive and your hull (your health meter) isn't about to reach zero, or it's game-over. This is easier said than done, because the amount of micro-management is ENDLESS, to the point where it is all micro-management and there isn't any priority management, per say. You need to make sure you have enough power to all systems, no intruders are going to come on board, that you are doing damage to their ship, and if not, charging your FTL jump (your "I NEED TO GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!" button), among countless other things.


This game is BRUTAL. There are 3 difficulties (if you use the Advanced Edition, a major free DLC added to the game in 2014, you can still use the Vanilla version that was the original release): Easy, Normal, and Hard. The only real difference between them is how long you can hold out before being smashed. You need to get through 8 sectors and 1 final boss to complete a run (and subsequently, the game). The final boss is so hard, that even nearly 70 hours into the game (at the time of this review), I STILL haven't beaten it... even on easy.

And yet, despite this massive, massively overwhelming difficulty, I wouldn't have this game any other way. Because without it, this game would have FAR less replay ability. But with it, each new run feels completely different. New tactics you might need to try, new ship purchases in hope of finding that Magnum Opus that is your favourite weapon, new dialogues, everything. Without this difficulty, all that wouldn't matter, because after beating it, you would feel less compelled to try differently, and get bored a lot quicker, something I am only realizing after so many hours.


Everything this game does should be a set example for games in future years. It get's everything right, the customization, the balance of every factor, excitement. Even it's techno music (I just hurt the souls of many electronic music fans), something I don't particularly enjoy, is absolutely fantastic in this game. To put all this into perspective, I got my Dad to play this game, and even he has since clocked 30+ hours of his own time in the game.

So with my melted face from my time in the Somalian weather, I must insist everyone who considers themselves an open (to all games) gamer, to play this game. It helps new players find their feet, then punches them down when they have the hang of it. It screams in the face of master strategists and sends them cowering. It is one of the most soul-destroying, exciting, charming, addictive, challenging, fun games out there.

It's the best Strategy game I have ever played.

PROS:
+Good tutorial
+Fun, Challenging
+Good Interface, Music.
+TONS of replay ability

CONS:
-Your face may melt off

I'm giving FTL: Faster Than Light 9 out of 10.
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218 of 241 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
0 hours in - let's try this

1 minute in - god help I have no idea what I'm doing

1 hour in - how did I die 50 times already

2 hours in - I think I'm getting a hang of this

10 hours in - god help I have no idea what I'm doing

20 hours in - is there a god?

30 hours in, flagship defeated - there is now

33 hours in - now, for normal difficulty...
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152 of 170 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
59.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
- Any PC with colour monitor.
- Resolve 1.0
- Composure 1.0
- Mouse

RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS:
- Stoic personality 1.22
- Incurable Optimism
- 1000 mb of positive attitude
- Mouse and keyboard



Additional notes: Ragequitting won't solve anything, the game always saves. Prolonged exposure may cause Tourette syndrome and seizures.
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96 of 103 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
How to enjoy FTL properly:
1. Buy game for one or two dollars.
2. Try game and be confused.
3. Don't play game for a couple of months.
4. Realize that this game can run on your crappy school laptop.
5. Play game out of boredom.
6. Realize FTL is actaully great game.
7. Fail all classes because you're too busy playing FTL

11/10 would fail classes again
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156 of 203 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
I liked the part where I died to mantis people.
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