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 (251 reviews) - 96% of the 251 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (30,719 reviews) - 97% of the 30,719 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
16 of 17 people (94%) 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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15 of 17 people (88%) 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
9 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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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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
I am the captain now
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.9 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
46.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
What an awesome game!

When you start it for the first time it's a little confusing, you don't know what the systems do, what you tripulation is good for, what the best upgrades are and how to spend your money smartly.

Your first 2 to 3 hours will be spend learning all this, and dying, you will die alright, you will die a thousand times in a thousand different ways.

You´ll get so close to finishing the game, and you´ll scream every time the final boss will destroy you for a very small miscaculation.
Finally after putting more than 20 hours I can finish the game most times I try, and every time is different and challenging, everytime I unlock new ships and things to do.

I recommend starting with the regular edition and getting to the special edition features after the first time you can finish the game.

In short, the game is super well designed, dying in space has never been so fun!
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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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Recently Posted
117.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
In One Sentence:

Upgrade a starship, manage power distribution, and operate airlocks on hours-long missions to save the galaxy from the bad guys.

My Opinion:

<<<<< A top pick >>>>>
<<<< I like it >>>>
<<< I like it (with caveats) >>>
<< This wasn't for me >>
< I cannot recommend this to anyone >


In FTL you captain a starship on its mission to save the galaxy. You jump from beacon to beacon, with a wave of powerful enemies slowly taking over the map behind you and driving you forward towards the final boss. Jumping to a new beacon can result in an encounter (battle / trade / distress call, etc) which can yield resources and equipment for upgrading your ship. In battle, you target specific subsystems on the enemy ship to degrade their performance. They do the same to you. You can pause the game at any time in order to issue commands, which allows you to multitask effectively. Nothing carries over from one playthrough to another, but you can unlock other ships as you play.

What I Like About This Game:

+ airlocks (it's surprisingly gratifying to vent a fire out into space)
+ artwork
+ music
+ the game state is saved when returning to the main menu (easy to leave when real life interrupts)
+ incremental system upgrades, loot
+ sessions take a few hours to complete
+ map layout and encounters are random, so no two sessions play out the same
+ despite being random, skill is more important than luck
+ ability to pause game at any time and redistribute power to critical systems
+ did I mention airlocks? (I love those things)

What I Don't Like About This Game:

- No ability to load saves after death (to be fair, this really only bothered me when I was new to FTL. The games are short enough that it's not a problem once you learn the game)
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5.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
great game
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39.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
You can replicate this game by rolling a 6-sided dice. 6, you win. Anything else, you lose.

Luck-based games are a cancer on the industry.
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22.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
ive played for 18 hour's and still have'nt won. it's hard.
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23.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
FTL - A game about the journey, not the destination.

Because if you haven't died on the way, the final boss will RUIN you.

Journey is really good though.
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The Mi-Go 13
5.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
Fun, immersive, easy to play, hard to beat, harsh unverse, lovingly crafted, spaceship sim. Look at the rating. Trust it. Buy it. Have fun. Be a space captain. Simply awesome.
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Barry Lyndon
92.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
actually there is a second half to the game after the flagship but no one beat it so they think it's the final boss
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64.1 hrs
Posted: September 26
a fun game takes a bit of time to get achualy good at it and as a little plus there is still a tiny modding community around it i personally recommend if your looking for a calm game to turn off rebel pursuit just to make it a bit more easy and relaxed
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7.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
hard but addicting
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10.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
Do you revel in slowly building the ultimate team? Carefully assembling the most well rounded spaceship? Both of them capable of taking anything you imagine the universe could possibly throw at them?

Do you enjoy watching both of those things get torn apart because you overplayed your hand just a little too much?

FTL is for you.
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