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:
Very Positive (346 reviews) - 93% of the 346 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (31,069 reviews) - 96% of the 31,069 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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Very Positive (346 reviews)
Overwhelmingly Positive (31,069 reviews)
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93.9 hrs
Posted: August 31
Wow, it really IS addictive!
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557.7 hrs
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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26.3 hrs
Posted: August 31
♥♥♥♥ you Dave, stop reading my steam reviews.
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17.3 hrs
Posted: August 31
Oregon Trail in space. It's a ton of fun in its simplicity and very accesible with a pause feature in the strategic combat. Beware, those unfamiliar with Roguelikes.

+Appealing retro graphics
+Atmospheric soundtrack
+Randomized playthroughs
+Moderately deep strategy without convoluted math

-Requirements for unlocking additional ships
-Despite what the creators say, the game IS frustrating at times, namely, the end.
-I don't really care for the way shield mechanics work to the player's disfavor. Too much reliance on RNG to acquire weapons to adequately deal with heavily shielded foes and enemy ships ramp up dramatically.

Despite what I see as flaws, this is absolutely worth every penny on its relatively small price tag. Check it out, as this is definitely the zenith of indie development.
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109.0 hrs
Posted: August 31
For 10$ there's not much this game isn't going to give you. with a wide variety of weapon combos and stratagies theres so much variety that you can just keep replaying it. I mean, one time, I boarded the enemy ship and murdered everyone. one time I stripped the enemy sheilds and set their whole ship on fire. one time I was in an asteroid feild and the enemy didn't have sheild so I just sat there... and watched
Buy this game.
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red haired shanks
35.4 hrs
Posted: August 31
good game to play during lecture
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249.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
best game i ever played
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88 in 3
276.5 hrs
Posted: August 30
Best propaganda I've bought!
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Crispy Tacos
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
It's got some really great mechanics, but it's pretty easy to get yourself into a no-win combat situation - literally, your ship will only have enough power to keep your shields up, which will regenerate just in time for the enemy ship to take them out again. Rinse, repeat. Your only option at such a point is to restart the game and lose all of your progress - not, exactly, an enjoyable gaming experience.
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32.6 hrs
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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
64 of 70 people (91%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
758.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I dunno, it gets kinda boring after the first 700 hours.... :P
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
625.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
i... i cannot play it any more
i have played it
too much
609 hours

Maybe it was also that i was playing on hard all the time
and you would be doing great
and then mantis boarding ship
and they have four different kinds of missiles
and they have anti hull

you are always scraping by
you never feel good about anything.
everything is on a shoe string

You almost never find weapons on hard mode. Even finding a store that will sell you any weapon is rare. Gone are the days when you could find the weapons for your ideal build. You are left holding off fire on some ♥♥♥♥♥♥ little laser while your ion shot recharges. Hoping that nothing misses, nothing misses, because it cannot, or your shields will not hold for the next volley...
game ptsd
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
A wise man once said: "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. And also giant, man-eating spiders."
I now see why.
Don't ♥♥♥♥ with the giant alien spiders.

I'll never forget you, Johnson.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
318.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
This is the type of game where you can play for a few hours, put it down for a year, and then pick up right where you left off.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
step 1. choose ship
step 2. name crew
step 3. get attached to the crew
step 4. upgrade & buy equipment
step 5. crew dies
step 6. cry about crew dying
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
413.6 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
How did I miss writing a review for this?
FTL is hands down the only rogue-like with replayability that I enjoy. You obviously don't know me so I guess that isn't saying much to you though. The game has a similar feel to XCOM:enemy unknown in its strategy system. If you rush and don't think things through, bad things will happen. And you will REALLY feel it in the long run. Unlike XCOM, playthroughs are shorter and you will learn from each mistake. The UI is beautifully done, and nearly every strategy you can come up with is viable. And it better be, because this game is HARD. I haven't personally even come close to beating the game on anything above the easiest setting. Advanced addition was an incredible update that added more to the gameplay, races, weapons, interactions, soundtrack and metagame. Everything feels even more chaotic, as you truly feel like a captain of a starship navigating in a maze of alien forces coming after your ♥♥♥. One wrong move and you're dead. One wrong move and it will cost you scrap that couldve gotten you that missle to pierce those shields you just didn't have the firepower to break through. One cheap out of repairing your health and you were one shot away from killing that drone and it kills you. One... you get the point. As stressful as it sounds, the one mistake costs you mechanics of the game give it incredible depth and replayability. Did I also mention that Advanced Edition can be turned off if you want to play the legacy version of the game? And oh yeah baby, this game has mods too. If you wanted a whole new campaign and an even bigger update than ADV edition was, Captains edition has you covered. If you just feel like adding a star destroyer as a playable ship, then whatever floats your boat.
In conclusion I'm not sure what else you could possibly ask for this title. The devs have gone above and beyond the standard, and though it likely won't happen, I would absolutely love another update here in 2016. This may be an old title, but it's far from dead.
Happy flying, Federation! Crush the Rebels!
10/10 from me.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Steps to FTL

1. Find enemy
2.Charge and shoot weapons
3.Regret your life decisions
4.Have (Enter crewname here) die
5.Scream in rage as you flee
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
I agree with everything positive said about this game.

Also, this game is mean. It doesn't like me. It won't like you. Oh, you'll like the game, but it will use that to its advantage to show you how much it *doesn't* like you.

Sometimes you may think it likes you. You may think FTL is your friend. But that's just to make you that much more upset when it shows you otherwise.

It will hurt your feelings. I'm only playing it on easy, and I'm quite angsty at the moment.

You'll be going along, happily building your ship up and lazering the crap out of anyone who gets in your way, gathering up scrap, and then suddenly something comes at you with a missile launcher (bypasses shields), missiles your shields, and their two beam drones make lunch meat out of your ship, while you're all "b-b-but...I can shoot them like 7 times a round! I mean, I could before my weapons room was ON FIRE."

The game is very RNG dependant, but I almost feel like that's kind of realistic, in this case. Regardless, the RNG plus the ability to screw yourself up, is pretty brutal.


11/10 would be sad and angry metal salami (SAAMS) again

PS - Screw the shop owner that warned me how dangerous things were when I pulled in with multiple sections of my ship ablaze.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
This game sucked me in. The game has a very high reply value. You shouldn't be deterred by the difficulty, once you learn the ropes of the game, you'll spend hours jumping from beacon to beacon, trying to outrun the Rebel fleet. Being tactical about your moves and not taking needless risks will take you consistently to the end of the game. I've clocked in around 10 hours, and I still have a desire to play. This game is a buy!
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