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 (19,310 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

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    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
59 of 63 people (94%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
The game that shows you:
If you play fairly, you will die.
If you be ruthless, you will die.
If you are the good samaritan of the galaxy, you will die.
If you are tactical, you will die.
If you are a coward, you wll die.
If you cheated yourself everything needed to survive, you will die.

Apart from that, great game!

10/10
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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
85.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
A space ship sim.
Pros. Cool mods, heaps of replayablity, awesome soundtrack, hard as hell, all that and more for only $10.
Cons. Can sometimes feel like the game cheats.
10/10 would die again.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
71.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
* This is a game, about.......well:

+ weapons
+ crew gathering and management
+ survive in your ship and give it your personal touch
+ hundreds of variables, combination and type of combat
+ good amount of ships type and races
+ tactical
+ worth more than its actual price

- no endless mode
- no saving slots (die and retry type, but this sucks when you like your ship)
- corridor world
- no sequel

do:
buy it and play it

don't:
judge on trailers and graphics


*****
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
A game that can prove to anyone that graphics aren't necessary for a completely engaging experience. Near limitless replayability for 10 bucks.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
FTL is a unique game, unlike anything you've played before. It mixes RTS combat with turn-based navigation and a story generator that will make you think well every decision you make. Its randomness is a bit too much, but this is what makes it so special: it's impossible to know what awaits you.

The game is cheap, has a huge replay value, thanks to its roguelike elements, comes with a free integrated expansion and mod support. There's a lot of cool mods made by the community (you can find them at www.ftlgame.com), including the Captain's Edition, an unofficial expansion that adds tons of content.

Judging by the screenshots, FTL looks like a complicated game to play, but fear not, it isn't. It's quite simple to be honest. And surprisingly addictive. If you want a game to play over and over again, FTL can be your next choice.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
221.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
I think there are enough recommendation for this game already, so I will give some tips for new purchasers :

DO NOT ENABLE ADVANCED EDITION IF THIS IS THE FIRST TIME YOU PLAY - The update added so much things, you will just be confused and frustrated. Just start with the simpler base game in order to learn how to play the game.

TURN THE VOLUME ALL THE WAY UP - The game has awesome soundtrack. I know there are people who play games muted for no ♥♥♥♥ing reason. You monsters.

PAUSE THE GAME - Seriously, pause the game like every second. Makes the game so much easier.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Captain's Log, Stardate 43125.8.
I have played FTL: faster than light pleny of hours now. And i feel the simulated ship in this amusive computer game is for real and my own. It's really hard to take out the final "rebel Ship". but i belive from the bottom of my heart it's possible...
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
80.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
It's a good game.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Do u even go fest skreb. I go fester dan lite. Rekt m8.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
103.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
this game really is very fun and one of the best space sims out there
although it is as forgiveing as a russian nuclear warhead and will make you wnat to labotamise yoursdelf with a cactus after 20 or so hours so theres that
but hey, thats part of the fun
right?
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
85.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
this game is so awesome! it looks simple, but is a hell of fun with great ambience and deeply satisfying if you beat the final flagship, even if it´s frustrating at times (if you die there and did all the way for nothing). but you know which mistake caused your failure and you will click "play" soon again, because the challenge makes this game such great fun! try it on easy to learn the well designed mechanics and then take your stand on normal or even hard. the replayability is great since you have 10 different ships, almost all of them coming in 3 layouts, which means many hours of cool gameplay. don´t miss out on that gem, because it´s a masterpiece (10/10)! :-)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
The true definition of 'Agony' and 'Pain', yet I came back for more....
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I got my ship damaged so I couldn't control the doors, had no surveillance and couldn't power up, then some alien ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s decided to board my ship and strangle my crew.

Best ♥♥♥♥ YOU simulator ever.
10/10 would die over and over and over again...
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
I put off buying this game for a long time, mostly because i thought i wouldn't like it. Many of my friends & family kept pestering me to buy it, and a couple of years later i finally purchased it during one of the steam sales. After getting in a few hours of FTL, i now wish i had bought the game at full price. It's absurdly difficult, but so wonderfully entertaining that you will keep coming back for more. I'm an absolute sucker for games with awesome soundtracks, and i fell deeply in love with FTL's beautifully soothing and atmospheric music. This game has brought me more joy and happiness than most AAA games have given me in the past decade. Faster Than Light is living proof that excellent game design more often than not, is more important than having a game with super hardcore graphics and an insanely high budget.

Seriously, buy this game.

9.5/10
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
43.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Slugs are the superior race by far Kappa
They are complete a-holes
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Mantis board ship. Eat crew.
Hull breach, crew suffocate.
Fire on deck. Crew burn to death.
Ship explodes. Crew dies.
Slavers attack ship. sell crew as slaves.
Out of fuel. Crew wait patiently to die.

10/10. would kill crew again.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
94.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
The only game where beating it on "Normal" should be given respect.
Also I swear to Umbasa if I fight more space spiders...
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Just beat the final boss for the first time, and now I am sitting in front of my PC, crying manly tears of joy, knowing all that hard work, all this getting owned had a meaning.

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
70.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This is one of the greatest games I have ever played. It is INCREDIBLY unforgiving, but equally fun and entertaining, Great game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
151.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
FTL is a piece of ♥♥♥♥ and i hate it.

10/10 cant stop playing.
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