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.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (253 reviews) - 97% of the 253 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (30,733 reviews) - 97% of the 30,733 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 14, 2012

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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.

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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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.
    • 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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
557.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
One of the 'hard' games out there, fun to play, difficult to master. The bonus free expansion is great too!
-Never ever had technical problems.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
153.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
one of the greatest games ive ever played
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Space fans prepare yourself for another great game! FTL is a 2D, space adventure game where you carry information that is vital for the Federation. Your mission is to survive and travel to the Federation base and pass on the info before you die. On your journey you encounter pirates, rebels, mercernaries, slave traders, shops, and various races of aliens as well as the common humans. You can outfit your ship with different systems and technology that have different uses and provide different strategies. E.g ion weapons disable sytems for a short time, beam weapons damage multiple targets and rockets/bombs ignore shields. Different races have advantages too, so choose ones that suit you, some have exceptional engineering skills, others have better combat skills. All in all, the game is great fun and even if you're not into space games give it a chance. It'll surprise you, you'll be determined to make it to the end and unlock all of the ships. As a bonus it has a free DLC that comes with it so be sure to give it a try. 10 out of 10 would shoot lasers again and also 10 out of 10 would watch Star Wars again. :D
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
I have never played another game that's been quite as immersive as FTL. If you haven't played it, you might dismiss it as some overly complex 2d strategy game that you'll never get the hang of and quit in frustration. Trust me, it's more than that.

You assume the role of captain on your very own starship, which you're able to build on and customize as you go. Sounds easy enough, right? Nope. After travelling through beautiful and randomly generated galaxies with your loyal crew, the soundtrack will permeate your soul and appeal to your adventureous side just a tad too much. You'll make a command blunder and lose part or all of your crew who, by this point, feel like family. You'll be lucky to escape with anyone at all. You'll lie awake at night, kicking yourself for your moment of indescretion. You'll run through all the options that you could have taken but failed to do so. Eventually, you'll come to terms with your grief and return to the game to start over. Maybe things will go better for you this time. In time, you'll become a battle-hardened leader with a strategy and a passion for victory.

Being a fan of Star Trek, nothing else has better helped me to feel the pressures and uncertainties faced by Kirk and Picard. This game practically generates Star Trek plots for you to tell your friends (and perhaps embellish the truth to make you look like you knew what you were doing facing those Mantis instead of fleeing). This is my favorite game and it's a true masterpiece. I highly recommend it.
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22 of 37 people (59%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
415.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Product received for free
tbh this is prob the 6th best game ever made tbh if you havent played it then i hate you as a person
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
I am the captain now
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Roguelike/lite / choose your own space adventure. Nicely designed game about your own selected crew in your own selected spaceship of which you can unlock more by progressing in the game and acchieving certain feats. The choose-your-own-adventure part of the game is nicely done, visit different nodes in space which may or may not give you loot, a challenge or progress the story a bit depending on your crew/ship/previous choices. The combat is real time with a turnbased feel to it due to the timing/cooldowns of the abilities. Beating the game for the first time might take some time, but just once you figured it all out you get a run in which you get absolutely slaughtered from the get go.
The devs even released a free DLV adding a whole new race and some other mechanics to the mix.

In conclusion: for the subgenre of games it's in, it's one of the best.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Loved it and want more. Any update would be fantastic. I guess that the mods are good to, but I'd love an official update to this game.
A few things to note:
You will die.
You will die a lot.
You will die more than you win.
You can't save your progress. You die, you start over.
When you win, you'll be honestly proud of yourself for fighting so hard to win, because you have to do so much in order to win that you will feel like you've finished a journey or something. Either way, it's very rewarding when you win.
The soundtrack is fantastic.
The time between starting the game and death is random, fun, and is also never exactly the same.
The side missions are fun, especially when you manage to unlock new ships. Plus the different species are interesting and sometimes game changing.
The subtle lore of the game and the backstory of the different species, the cause of the war, etc.

All in all, I'd recommend this game to someone who is cool-headed and loves a good old fashioned space explorer. And is willing to die.
A lot.
Seriously, prepare to die, and get ready to fly. Through an airlock. Or, you know, to victory.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Even after all these hours, it still feels like a tense ride . Just as you crest the hill on a rollercoaster, that feeling of utter dread, that is how you will feel while playing this game.

unless, of course, you play it on easy for the "story"...then you are a sissy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
FTL: Faster Than Light. Is perhaps a very intriguing space game. It has a simple premise yet it's
far more than just "reaching the finish line" you take charge of a ship and crew (which by the way you can customize and outfit to your specific wants and needs. As you try to outrun a galatic meance and reach the federation. Simple right? Well that's the beauty of it. As the gameplay shows you have a lot of RPG elements

To clarify on what exactly on those RPG elements:

You can make choices such as saving a ship coming under attack by a pirate. or investgating a planet. Be warn however, some of these choices can backfire and/or have major consequences. You can name your crew, ship and customize your ship to whatever suits your wants and needs. Do you decide to stay and get valuable cargo? Or jump to the next sector. Staying in a sector when the "enemy threat" decides to consume the sector ramps of the diffculty from "okay having fun?" to "Okay having fun? Good! time to die".

Also what's amazing about this game is just the small details. Like for example, if your fighting
against an enemy ship in an asteriod field. The asteriods play an effect. That both helps and hindersyour chances of winning. And as the game progresses forward the game get's harder as you go deeper and deeper into each sector.

I want to really tell all about this game. But to simply put. If you love a simple space game with RPG elements mixed with tactical combat. This game is for you.
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33.9 hrs
Posted: September 29
Took 30hrs of playtime, but I finally won, thank yuh RNJesus.

10/10 would die 39 times for victory again.
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71.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
This game is really addictive and challenging (except for the occasionally extremely lucky run). Beautiful soundtrack, too. Offers a lot of different ships and tactics to try so gameplay doesn't get stale. I'm always coming back to this game.
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106.2 hrs
Posted: September 29
Played it for more than 100h, still love it. Sound track is the best one since the SNES synth era. One of the thoughest game to beat, even on easy. Its a gem, buy it! BTW, dont forget to use the pause button.
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Cid Crisis
109.1 hrs
Posted: September 29
Super addicting Sci-Fi Roguelike.

Easy to learn, very hard to master.

Combat is tactical and engaging. Plot and lore interesting. And plenty of opportunity to role-play.

If you ever wanted to play your own personal Captain Picard, give this game a shot.
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321.5 hrs
Posted: September 28
One of very few games for which is possible to go over 1k gameplay hours. And i play it alot offline.
Window mode is useful for long matchmaking periods of DOTA :).
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43.6 hrs
Posted: September 28
Thank god the enemies aren't smart enough to target my weapons on their first volleys. This game would be frustrating as f****.

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149.1 hrs
Posted: September 28
Love it. 4 years later. It's exactly what a game should be.
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42.2 hrs
Posted: September 28
The game is very fun, but I cannot possibly recommend it due to how unspeakably essential it is to not have godawful luck like I do. If you have bad luck, it'll be easier to thread a needle with an angry tiger instead of string than it will be to win. That's just not something I can tolerate, especially with the dramatic irony of FTL being a very good game hidden under layers of slot machines and pachinko.

Example: Had a top-tier loadout (Burst II, advanced flak cannon, Swarm missiles) on a maxed out Shrike. All systems were as high as possible. I went to fight the flagship, and got to the 2nd stage. Then, the RNG threw any pretense of skill I had out the window and the game simply chose for me to lose. Out of 9 missiles I fired, ONE hit. Out of the dozens of bursts of flak, 1/3rd hit. In the few times I actually got through the ship's shield without the ship aiming worse than a blind stormtrooper with no limbs, my burst II would just miss. Eventually, my shield went down and all my systems melted.

So, what have we learned? Simple. I highly recommend this to anyone who's feeling lucky. It's a very fun game when the RNG isn't committing suicide. However, in my eyes, a game where your luck will make or break you is about as morally bankrupt as a group of Nazis murdering orphans and puppies while urinating all over Forrest Gump. That is to say, FTL can take it D20 and shove it up its ♥♥♥.
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16.5 hrs
Posted: September 28
So I have 16.5 hrs on record. I haven't beaten the game. I'm probably never gonna beat the game. Sometimes the RNG punches you in the throat. Most of the time the RNG punches you in the throat. But that's okay because the fun part is trying.
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Juliet Bravo 3
32.5 hrs
Posted: September 28
Great Game

One of the hardest games I've ever loved. The retro atmosphere is charming, accessible and somehow nostalgic of nothing in particular, but of everything sci-fi in general. The clean art style and well thought-up design/UI makes one completely dismiss the sometimes unfair difficulty.

Pros and Cons:

+ Retro sci-fi setting/atmosphere
+ Accessible gameplay
+ Rewarding single-player experience
+ Nostalgic sci-fi feeling
+ Clean art style
+ Professional game design
+ Thoughtful user-interface
+ Great original music
- Unfair difficulty
- Lack of customization

8 out of 10: Better than most
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