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 (19,329 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

PC
Mac
Linux
    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
65 of 69 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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40 of 40 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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Graphics:
+ harmonious pixel art
+ clearly designed
- little variety

Sound:
+ perfect retro soundtrack
- no voice output

Atmosphere:
+ smashing retro charm
+ bonding to crew
+ exciting hunting through the galaxy

Control:
+ good and clear interface
+ easy mouse and keyboard control

Game Size:
+ huge replayability
+ 10 spaceships with different layouts
+ many items, upgrades and tactics
+ new contents with the FREE advanced edition
+ easy, normal and hard difficult
+ quests with several solutions
+ units gain exp
- elements repeat with time

KI:
+ enemy crew react clever
+ ki shoot specific systems

Control my own ship through the unknown that is the final frontier. FTL (Faster Than Light); a space simulator with strategic and tactical elements. It’s also a game where when you die, you have to start over - there are no spare lives.
The setup for FTL is simple: you are captaining a Federation ship with information how to beat the Rebel fleet. The problem is that you have to get across the mostly hostile galaxy (which is broken up into eight sectors).

The majority of the gameplay is running your ship, which uses various main systems (weapons, shields, engines, lift support, medbay etc) and sub systems (piloting, sensors, and doors). The catch is that every system uses power, and you only have a limited amount.
You can see with a single top-down glance of your craft, shields are in one room, weapons in another etc. Enemies damage those rooms of your ship, the corresponding systems shut down. If your shield room goes down, every shot will damage your ship. If you lose O2, your team will soon be gasping for their next breath.

Your ship is upgradable, so while you can increase the total power your ship has, you also need to upgrade your systems, which takes up more power. You never have enough power to have everything at 100%.
You gather or buy weapon upgrades, various ship gear and crewmen, and the scrap that you need to upgrade your ship. You put scrap points into enhancing the main reactor, shields, life support, sensors, and so forth. There is a great balance between improving systems and improving the reactor. You are on a constant seesaw deciding how to spend your scrap to make for the most efficient ship, as all these systems give you offensive and defensive ratings and abilities that are crucial in battle.

The true beauty of FTL is the journey through the galaxy. Systems are divided into sectors, most of which come with themes where they are loaded with nebulae, controlled by pirates or coming across a space station under attack by giant alien spiders. Many of these points will give you the option of whether you want to get involved or just leave.
Some of your options will change depending on your crew composition and equipment, like if you send your robotic Engi crewmember into a quarantine zone, and that keeps them fresh for replaying. Some even turn into quest chains that unlock new ships for your next playthrough.

When you’re fighting an enemy ship you have a lot of decisions to make. You have to pay attention to your power levels and which systems you are using. You'll need to make sure your crew is in the right places and dealing with any issues that may come up.
Battles run in pausable real time, with you in control of all ship functions and crewmen. All ships in the game are shown with dedicated rooms housing systems like shields, weapons, engines, sensors, and oxygen.
Do you take down the enemy shields to try to finish off a foe quickly, or go after his weapons to keep him from destroy your hull? You also have to make tough calls on what weapons to use. Missiles, for instance, can go right through enemy shields, but you have a limited number of them available so you have to use them wisely. At the same time, you have to make the same calls on what systems to repair on your own ship when you take damage, as everything needs to be fixed manually, and you never seem to have enough crewmen to take on everything. Do you restore the shields? Do you get the weapons back up? Do you tackle those fires in the sensor room?

In FTL, you will die a lot and have to start over a lot, but that is OK. You will enjoy it, because each time you die, you learn something. After a couple of hours, you realize that there are a fairly small number of encounters in the various star systems. All of them are randomly mixed up for each new game, but this just changes up the order in which you see them. But there is a lot to do for a Captain, unlock new ships, beat higher difficulty and explore the galaxy.
The free Advanced Edition update added a new eighth race called Lanius, which drain oxygen from any room they occupy, making them good for deterring boarding parties and for attacking drone ships. There are a ton of other additions as well.
Faster Than Light is a great and that will take over your life for many, many hours.
It’s amazing and you should definitely check it out!


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32 of 33 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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24 of 27 people (89%) 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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22 of 25 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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18 of 20 people (90%) 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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11 of 14 people (79%) 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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