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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Very Positive (430 reviews) - 96% of the 430 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (29,669 reviews) - 97% of the 29,669 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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( 80.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
80 Hours in and I'm still not bored with it. Game is well worth it.
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( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Absolutely amazing roguelike. It has a mix of RPG (decisions), randomness, action (everything happens fairly fast) and strategy (pause, make decisions, unpause). It's very hard, but still lets you get far enough to feel some accomplishment every time.

(Note that it says 6.3 hours on record, but it should be MUCH more than this)
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( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Loved this game. Can always come back to this game no matter what that add.
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Interracial Bagel (Yin Yang)
( 51.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
My favorite indie game purchase ever. There isn't anything else like it. Every playthrough is brutally difficult and random. Managing your ship and crew feels like Star Trek.
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( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This game can be described best as...

"That didn't go as planned"

10/10 would plan again.
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( 86.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
1- the soundtrack
2- glorious cosmos backdrops
3- endless possibilities

FTL sounds, looks, and behaves like the universe. There are no words to describe how fulfilled I am with FTL in my life. Best game. Best. game.
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( 258.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
A solid silly, but frustration game.
This game features it's randomized encounters, with random difficulty. Expect to die a lot and whatever you do FOR THE LOVE OF GOD and All your game progress DO NOT USE WINDOW's X to CLOSE (Rage quit the game). You will Delete your Data by doing so. I've done it twice.
Quit the game with the Escape and Button, (Quit) In game to save your data.
Over than that Big Bug, the game is silly if redundant.
You spend hours grinding out achievements for new Ships only to discover that the first ship you get is the best ship. Very Ironic indeed.
The Sound Track and random probability outcome can make things Nerve-racking.

Word of Advice if you have 4 crew Members DO NOT BOARD STATIONS Or SHIPS, Your Crew is SO IMPORTANT.
This game is good time killer, best you watch the clock.
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( 18.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
TL;DR - Bought it with no further research other than "its probably good" and i have no regrets whatsoever. Great roguelike, strategy, and rpg game.

FTL is a strange roguelike for me. It almost feels more of a playable book in the aspects of the story (which is suprisingly quite decent) and the choices. However, don't let that ruin it for you; that's my terrible analogy. This game is truly something unique and not just another incredibly difficult stress inducing roguelike.

When you begin, you'll probably really like it. Soon enough, during your first run, you will die (unless you're some FTL prodigy and make it to the end) You could be sad about it, or you could try again. And when you try again, lets say you fnd a new alien race, or a new weapon type. Even if you die on the very next sector, you have made progress. You now know new things about the game. Every death brings new information, however subtle. It can be new items, or a new strategy. You always make progress on every run, and thats coming from me, having only made it to the boss ONCE out of all my hours.

I think one of the coolest parts of FTL for me is that you can choose so many different playstyles. You can use up a ton of fuel and gain good loot, or you could rush straight to the end, only stopping at shops and distress signals. You can be a pacifist and ignore combat. You can be technologically advanced and develop hacking devices to disable enemy systems. You can just annihilate everything in your path, innocent or not. It really DOES make a difference in your experience in the game.

Although it does have somewhat of a reliability on luck, victory does not come to the lucky. It comes to those who have put forth that effort, that struggle to finish one more run.

The criticism on this game is very valid, but the good outweighs the bad for me. I fully reccommend this game, and not just to roguelike lovers, but to RPG fans and even strategy players.
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( 85.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
80 hours in... yet to beat it once... yet to get tired of it!
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NinjaRick/Desolate Cabbage[ICY]
( 71.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This is my favorite game of all time. It can have endless hours of gameplay due to it being a mix of interesting and fun. The story is top notch and has me exploring every nook and cranny of this universe. And the gameplay is fun, usually being quite easy and other times being very hectic, especially the final boss. You need to buy this game, it can have you playing for over 100 hours (like me) B.T.W I played it a lot offline.
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Polish Justin Bieber
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Hi, I'm playing counterstrike global offansiv to. I was playing Smurf ranks as the global elite. and owerwatch eaten. I'm in the game with a friend. And they gave the info. so that people would kill more comfortable. I've been playing this game for a long time. Up to 5 years. the first time such an incident happened to me. I do not know what to say. my mac. You have to decide what happens owerwatch watch the demo, please follow all the matches of my doubts that you consider my match all these messaje. I certainly do not use tricks. The trick is really a bad thing, I hope your decision will be different, I know I rely on your justice as an infinite 5-year player. I trust ye valve.
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( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Love this game, I'm not usually into rogue likes but FTL makes the experience casual enough for beginners to pick it up and yet deep enough for a more hardcore experience.

The art is simple but compelling, and FTL is great on the iPad as well as PC.
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( 35.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I go in and out of waves of COMPLETE OBSESSION WITH THIS GAME
First wave of interest: Ugh all my crew died again lol...
Second wave of interest: Oh there's a medbay. Welp.
Third wave of interest: YES I GOT A THIRD SHIP WOOT
Fourth (and current) wave of interest: HOLY CRAP I KILLED A THIRD OF THE BOSS AM I THE KING OR WHAT
(Next round) Well everything is on fire again...
Cannot emphasize enough that I've had the game for over a year now and still haven't beaten the final boss tho.
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CorruptionOfWorlds [SaltShakers]
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Steps to become a pro:
1: Load the game
2: Name you ship "The Weed Engine"
3: Play The Game
4: Look around, as you are in a vast world with no chances of survival.
5: Transport somewhere over the rainbow
6: LOL the first thing you did one of your crew members died, what luck!
7: Find your first enemy ship...
9: Suprisingly wreck this ship, and kill the fire,
10: Look around some more
11: Transport somewhere.
12: LOOK free stuff
13: Transport to a new world
14: Look, both are red.
15: Your first hard enemy ship
17: Kill the fire while your weapons and shields are down.
18: Run out of missiles because you only bought missle weapons.
20: Suprisingly take it out, as your engine is down.
21: Your escape meter thingy is 3/4 full.
22: Have it shut down again.
25: Fix the doors while you fix your engine
26: Fix the engine, as the escape meter is almost full.
27: The giant fire has entered your door system, so your guy fights a fire.
28: Escape with 3 Hull Points left.
29: Figth the fire in the door room and attempt to cut off the oxygen.
30: Fire withdraws
31: All of your crew members almost dead.
32: Fix everything besides your hull because you aren't in a shop.
33: Find someone else.
35: Hull points at one
36: Enemy teleports in as one of your crew members died.
37: Shields are taken down as the fire covers half the ship.
38: Die because of fire.
39: ReLoad the game
40: Die by fire
41: ReLoad the game
42: Die by Fire
43: Reload the game
44: Die by fire another time.
45: Realize that you can never win this game.
46: Realize that this game will never notice you.
47: Die by fire
48: Ragequit
49: Get back on in 10 minutes
50: Die by fire yet again
51: Infinately die by fire
52: You realize that you can never become a pro at this game and that these steps to become a pro is not helping you that much.
53: This game is completely savage
54: Why do I keep doing these steps?
55: Die by fire.
69/21 Would die by fire again.
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( 51.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Definitely worth it. Steer clear if you don't have an hour or two to pump into a game at a time, or if you easily get frustrated playing for 40min, then dying and losing everything, or if you hate getting unlucky and can't get that one gosh dern weapon you want from any of the stores.
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Sir Soberlion
( 284.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
This is, without a doubt, one of the best games that I've ever played.
Heart-pounding excitement, insane strategy, and at some point in playing, you find yourself shouting at your crew (who are of course named after your friends) to run to the engine and put out that fire!
I recommend this game completely, and also, if your strategy doesn't involve the crew teleporter or a cubic assload of lasers, then what are you even doing?
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( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Fun fun fun! I've never really been into rogue-like games before but FTL totally changed my mind! With great visuals, amazing animations, fun gameplay, and teeth-to-the-grindstone challenge, this game is a must-have for any PC gamer.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
312.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Your first 2 hours of this game:

Your ship is destroyed, try it again...
Your ship is destroyed, try it again...
Your ship is destroyed, try it again...
Your ship is destroyed, ragequit

3 hours later, you play again

Your ship is destroyed, try it again...
Your ship is destroyed, try it again...
You get an achievement "Tough Little Ship"

Wow I don't know this game has its own achievements. Something good will happen? Is it the right time to finish this session with different path?

All crew members have died


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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Second playthrough:

I encounter a pirate taking advantage of some poor defenseless civilians on some world...

I decide to be the hero.

I eradicate the pirate scum, however during the battle my medbay catches on fire!

I send ensign Willow and Dolan into the fray to put out the fires.

The battle is intense, yet seems manageable at first. Then, the fire catches on in the door control room, so I send the pilot, Hector, to assist.

Both Willow and Dolan begin suffering from smoke inhalation and 3rd degree burns, so I tell them to get the hell out of there! Hector is also beginning to lost the fight with the flames, so I have him run back into the cockpit.

As I try to figure out, wtf do I do now?... the fire catches on in the sensor room. In a short time I can no longer see any room on the ship other than those occupied by the horrified crew. It seems as if the end is here, after only 2 missions, when Hector gets the bright idea "Hey, what if we turn off the oxygen systems!" (You see, the rooms were not adjacent to the airlock, and even if they were, the door control room was destroyed so there was no possibility to remotely access them anyway.)

Such a brilliant idea! It put out the fires! Then hector goes in to repair the medbay, with only 6 hp, and because, idk, maybe the fire accelerated the rate at which the oxygen was drained from that room, he suffocates and dies. But at least his dying words informed the rest of the crew that the plan indeed worked. Hector died a hero.

Knowing the risks at this point, Willow waited until the O2 systems restored life support throughout the ship before going in to repair the medbay. After Willow and Dolan rocevered from their wounds, they finished repairing the rest of the ship.

Now it is time to hold an honorable funeral for Hector.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Promising gameplay, can't wait to play more. A really great and innovative indie game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Just go play. Do it now
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
this game is terrific!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
102.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Are giant alien spiders a joke?
Does your crew really need that oxygen right now?
How much fire is too much fire?
Is that bribe good enough?
Are they gonna try to eat us if we go in there?

If you've ever asked yourself or wanted to be asked questions like this, then FTL is a no brainer of a purchase.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
If you don't want to read you can watch the video review which basically says the same.

Faster Than Light is a 2D roguelike game set in space, the roguelike genre has been crawling its way back into the spotlight, however it's not common to be set in such environment.

You're part of the Galactic Federation that assigned you critical information that you must deliver eight sectors away, to do so you're given a spaceship that you must upgrade and fill with crew... All this, while being chased by the Rebel force, nice setup.

Faster Than Light relies heavily in random generated encounters since every time you warp to a location, you have hundreds of possible encounters with multiple outcomes, however this outcomes are sometime random as well, since the answer you gave on one playthrough might not have the same outcome on the next one. Often enough you'll feel the game cheated on you and that the result wasn't fair, however this also makes the game alive and filled with high risk high reward situations.

The combat system is pretty straight forward, when your weapons are loaded you can fire, when your enemy has their weapons loaded they can fire back, however you can assign crew members to certain stations, for example to the shield station which will make the shields recharge faster or to the engine station that will help you dodge incoming fire. Even though encounters are important you also have to make decisions inside your ship by choosing your crew members which unlock special encounters solutions but also come with their pros and cons. You'll have a whole bunch to choose from the Humans, the Engi, the Mantis, the Rockmen, the Zoltan, the Slugs, The Crystal and finally the Lanius.

The art of this game really stands out mainly the soundtrack that is masterfully done setting the perfect atmosphere for a game that leaves you on the edge of your chair, you'll know what I'm talking about once everythings starts going wrong and your entire ship is set ablaze or when you find yourself drifting in space with no fuel, waiting for friend or foe to approach you with a helping hand or a loaded cannon.

However not everythings perfect, even though the game is filled with Quests and Encounters they somewhat lose their essence after some playthroughs when you start seeing them repeat too often with outcomes that you are now aware and can predict most of the time. Also the difficulty even on the easiest setting might be too hard for the casual gamers, which might put some people off the game after some tries.

+ Diferent Strategies and Aproaches
+ Great Variety of Items and Races
+ Amazing Soundtrack

- Encounters get repetitive after a while

88% Cool Game!

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
A lot of people say that the final boss is "too hard"
yes, the boss is hard, but think about it, its a flagship that has to control, an ENTIRE fleet of rebels, so duh, it has to be strong.
the game is randomly generated. and one of the BEST GAMES EVER
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
1. Loaded the game up, playing as default Hu-Nams (Star Control 2 reference; showing my age).
2. First jump is a battle, sensors get blown out.
3. Didn't make the mental connection that the crackling sound I hear is the fire raging across half the ship, because sensors are down.
4. Try in vain to fight the fire; my piddly starting crew of 3 is breaking even with the fire, which regenerates itself while I recuperate in the medbay.
5. Cuss the game out. Unsurprisingly, it's not very effective.
6. Notice my Hu-Nam ship has an airlock system.
7. Funnel my 3 Hu-Nams to the life-support system of The Kestrel.
8. Decompress half the damned ship in a fit of desperate madness; it puts the fire out.
9. A big grin forms across my face as I realize this game and I are going to get along JUST fine.

9999/10. Would buy repeatedly.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Addictive, difficult roguelike that is simple to understand, but very hard to master. Lots of ships with different abilities are available to unlock, giving you options to be a tank, a glass cannon, etc. Would highly recommend from what I've played of it.

p.s. there is no shame in playing on Easy for a while
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
It's a good game, but it's difficult. I can barley beat it at easy
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
89.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
This is such an incredible game. I DO enjoy hard games, but even as this game can border on ridiculous, I still enjoy playing. It has a very good soundtrack and visuals and is one of the few games I can sit down and play over and over again without getting bored.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
I love this game so much for 9.99 such a great game soundtrack is pretty awesome too
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
I get bored with games very easily. However, I have not gotten bored with this one yet. There are so many ships to unlock, achievements to be gotten, and best of all, the game changes each time you play. Many people say this game relies on luck, and it does, but I like that. It means that there is no strategy that is guaranteed to work each time, which makes it harder, but a lot more fun. This is not a game you play twice and win. You can play hundreds of times and might still not win, but it's not the winning that's fun. It's finding that perfect weapon for your build, that teleporter just when you need it, unlocking a new ship. I could go on and on. This is a very hard game, and it's very unforgiving, but winning isn't what makes this game fun. Its the journey.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
85.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Great but Hard game to beat
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
My first time playing FTL, I zoned in for an entire game on easy mode without the new content back when I first got the game. I had no idea that I'd be recommending it to my fellow friends the day after playing it. I really want achivements for steam & FTL to be linked as it would make me happy to hunt them down. That is actually my only problem with this game, and it's simply not that big of a problem.

About the game:
Flying through space trying to race ahead of you're enemy & to find the secert of destroying their flagship, you venture on, fighting pirates, fighting for fuel, air & life. You soon find the rebel scum behind you arn't the only problem on you're hands. As captain, you find yourself losing you're men, making trade's, subjected for test trials or feeding the spiders. The choice's you had made.. the choices...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
60.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
I got this game a few years ago and played a solid 25 hours making no headway because I was doing everything wrong. Over the past two weeks I picked it up again with the goal of finally winning. Took about 20 additional hours for my first (and thus far only) victory on Normal mode. I feel a lot better about reviewing it now that I've got enough hours and a victory logged.

100% recommended.

You are the captain of a ship. You have to micromanage your crew and systems (weapons, shields, engines, oxygen. and piloting being the primary systems that you start with, with various systems and subsystems that differ from ship to ship or can be purchased along the way. Your goal is to explore every sector of the galaxy, progressing towards an exit beacon that propels you into the next one. You have limited time in each sector, and every jump costs one fuel. You'll often stumble across shops that let you install new weapons, hire new crew, buy new systems, buy basics like fuel and missiles, sell things you don't want anymore, and repair your ship if need be. Tons of different events that you can encounter on your travels, all having various outcomes based on your decisions. You'll make decisions or run into hostile ships after each jump with the goal being to survive long enough to upgrade your ship, get better weapons, make it to the end, and beat the final boss.

That's FTL in a nutshell. Once you learn the ropes, the best ways to attack and defend, optimal ways to upgrade your ship, which events will punish you and which ones will help, you'll gradually make it further and further. On the surface the game seems completely RNG-based (and indeed, you can play perfectly and have a stretch of unlucky breaks that kill your run, or a stretch of lucky ones that win it), but the more you play, the better you get. You learn the tricks of the trade and suddenly you're relying way less on RNG and way more on your own skill.

You start with one ship unlocked, and can unlock more through various quests in-game or by beating the game with other ships. There are ten ships in total, eight of which have three layouts, two of which have two. That's a grand total of 28 ships to choose from each with its own starting strengths, weaknesses, and intended playstyle. Different starting weapons and systems really shake things up. Lots of replay value.

Game has three difficulties now, easy, normal, and hard. Normal is punishingly hard at times and it will take you a while to beat. You're gonna die a lot, but that's part of the fun. Even on easy mode, it's unlikely you'll be winning when you first start playing, as the game is still challenging and you stlil need to learn the ins and outs. I didn't play on easy mode even once until I had cleared normal (which happened at the 45 hour mark, but again the first 25 hours were me playing totally wrong so let's say 20), and what I learned in normal means I can win easy almost every time now, while normal is still very challenging and hard mode is completely beyond me.

Captain your vessel, blow things up, die a lot, cry when your oxygen gets blown up and you suffocate from a hull breach, don't fight the giant alien spiders (they are no joke), get stranded with no fuel, go on a grand adventure, rinse and repeat until you win, and then rinse and repeat some more. That's FTL baby!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
its a very unique game and its so addicting i like it alot
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