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 (515 reviews) - 94% of the 515 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (30,354 reviews) - 97% of the 30,354 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.
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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + 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
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Very Positive (515 reviews)
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Fromentin
( 36.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Playing this game is like loosing your Soul in space.
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tricky
( 103.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
For $3, a no-brainer buy, provided you're into indie space-based roguelike-like games.
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Winter Wolf
( 64.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
The good: Random, roguelike play, text based rpg aspects, no two games are alike. Unlocks, and varations on how you set up your ships (I don't mean the layouts but after you start) lead to much replayability.

The bad: The game does everything it can to make you miserable and or lose. Before the expansion this was also true but not quite so vehemently. The end boss even on easy is impossible for me but apparently some people have solved it. After 64 hours I am giving up on it. Even with Advanced mode off the game is 10x harder than it was. Getting near my scores of several years ago is severely challenging in a bad way. Sometimes it feels like a run through is a complete waste of time.

The ugly: What do you want for cheap? The game is too hard for people who aren't willing to dedicate their lives to solving it. I suspect being under 40 years old helps (because lets face it us old folks just aren't as 'smart' as we used to be.) And having the patience of job probably doesn't hurt either. The game has no frills graphics which I like but may be unexciting for those raised on MMOs and fancy gizmos.


Overall: There is plenty of fun in it and I would recommend it for anyone who doesn't mind losing. All the time. Where you lose in the game will vary and much of the time it won't seem like you have much control over it. Even if you are great at multitasking and micromanaging the challenges are insurmountable. This is the nature of Rogue's descendents. Even those set in space. Except for the ones that are more 'like-lite' than 'like'.

As they say the meaning is in the journey not in the destination so play it and revel in the many fiery deaths you get to experience.

Unlocking ships is a mini game that can be fun if you get very lucky. I've managed 4 in 4 years so hey. Advanced edition offers more things to confound, amuse and mystify you. (New races, items, ships, etc)

Don't be embarrassed to play on easy and don't forget to look for help because the game is designed to be ultra hard even on the easy mode. (There are people who will need to show their epine by claiming otherwise but ignore them. The truth is you learn in baby steps and die repeatedly, horribly and without mercy. You do get to do pretty mean things to others while doing so, so there is that.)

Especially learn what the basics of the game are and then learn the basic 'no nos' because that will get you pretty far. Sector 8 is not hard to get to (though intact may be a different story) once you've managed to get to sector 5 which is not hard to get to once you learn how to get through sectors without being blown randomly. And then you get to learn how to die to the Rebel Flagship. If not in the first battle then in the next or the last. Only the lucky and skillful survive the final battle. I am neither so far.
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FilthyRich
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Great game, really challenging at times. the music for the game creates a great atmosphere.
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Darkness
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
A nice simple game that is plenty of fun
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D0M Unit
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Product received for free
Extremely fun and Challenging, each run is it's out great take that can offer minutes or even hours of challenges and excitement!
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I Have The Power
( 144.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game is extremely fun. Combines rogue-like elements with a fun combat system, FTL is super entertaining. Lots of ships and weapons to use, a good amount of random events, and lots of crew to aquire. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a space adventure atmosphere and a turn based combat system.
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dr. faen
( 141.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Damage control the game.

No but seriously this is one of my favorite games, the mecanics are polished and feels great. And the different ships, that you can acquire through different means, all have totally different play-styles and even each ship have different layouts you can unlock. This means hours of re-play value.

So if you have the slightest interest for either Rogue-like games, sci-fi games or being thrown into horrible situations you have to deal with, then this is a must-buy.
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phill
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Im just gonna say that u going to die a lot baby! its really challenging and addictive but dont be afraid to restart completely if its clear a game is turning against you. because thats going to happen so much. i love it!
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MoonlitGamer
( 47.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Would die countless times again. 10/10
Buy it if you want to be a cool spaceship that's main strategy is dying
Why are you still reading BUY IT.
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125 of 130 people (96%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
452.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Everyone burned to death. Then everyone suffocated to death. Then, a few runs later, everyone was burned, suffocated, and blasted to death.

Giant spiders ate my crew, strange monoliths evaporated them, and asteroids turned them into fine, dehydrated powders drifting through the void.

Then I started getting better. I stayed away from the spiders, I vented the oxygen out of burning rooms, rather than sending a single hapless insectoid to fight the flames. And then, one glorious day, after so much blood, sweat, and tears, I destroyed the rebel flagship and won the game.

That was 40 hours in. There was still much to be done. This was before Advanced Edition came out, of course, so the unlock quests were the only ways to unlock all of the ships. And how long did it take me to obtain the Crystal Cruiser? 100 more hours.

That brings us to the present day, when I'm 450 hours in, and still banging out a game every week or two. And so, if you're still on the fence about buying FTL: Faster Than Light, ask yourself this: do you want a game that you'll play once and never touch again, or do you want a game that still has tons of replay-value after a frankly embarassing amount of time?
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57 of 71 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
264.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I am 34 years old and have been playing computer games for at least 24 of these.
This is probably my all time favorite game. Need I say more?
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Personal Rating: Terrific but unforgiving Space Sim
Classic Rating: ★★★★☆

What makes FTL good for me?

✓ Spaaaace: this is a quite simple Space Simulator and yet it's features' rich.
✓ Great atmosphere, short game sessions and high replay value.
✓ Excellent Soundtrack, fits perfectly into gameplay.
✓ Cute graphics, even if it lacks a proper fullscreen/high res setting.

And then it's tough too because of:

✘ RNG, which can be so frustrating.
✘ Permadeath: True, you cannot save mid-game, you can only save and quit (to continue later).
✘ A lot of micromanagement involved: every choice is hard to make and you can get killed in so many ways, each time a different one.

I believe every one owns FTL already but if you don't yet, take advantage of the next sale and give it a go.
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41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
175.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
*Distress beacon*
*Goes to distress beacon*
*Sees a small research that has uncontrollable fire problem*
*Almost losses crew after helping them*
*They give me a reward after helping them*
*It was fire suppression device*

11/10
Would face palm through my face again
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163 of 251 people (65%) found this review helpful
260 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Do you like playing a badass space hero? Well ♥♥♥♥ off back to Mass Effect because this game is about being a space murder victim.
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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I died.

Then I got smart...

... and died again.

Then I got clever...

... and died again.

Then I got courageous...

... and died 12 more times.

Then I logged out...

... and died again.

Then I logged back in...

... and guess what happened?




I died again.

Best death simulation game ever created.

Oh and the roguelike is pretty cool too.

Stop reading and push the green 'add to cart' button.

If you don't. . . that means you want to live.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
>Just bought the game with my younger brother
>Played it once
>I'm captain Fran and my brother is first mate Parker
>With one other crew mate (Amanda) we set off on our epic quest
>We our understaffed and under gunned but this does not dampen our spirits
>Our goal is the delivery of important documents to the front lines of the federation
>All the way, we are chased by a massive rebel fleet
>We set off
>At first our trip is a success
>We jump from sector to sector fending off pirates and helping those in need
>Slowely our ship (The Harmony) becomes a thing to be reckoned with
>We are still undermaned though and every day we risk capture by the rebels
>Adventually we make enough space between us and the rebels to take a break
>We both take shore leave and venture into a canteen
>We find what we are looking for
>A space Russian named Mikhail
>He's an engineer with experience
>We explain to him our dier situation over drinks
>He joins us for a fee, and we once again set off, fully manned
>Our ship now has two burst lasers and two beam weapons
>Many dangers find us but we prevail and grow even stronger
>Slowly, we make it to the front lines
>We recuit another combat expert, named mark
>We rescue a mantis named kilisk from some slavers
>Our ship is ready for combat
>2 sectors left, its nothing but rebel controled and pirate filled space
>During a pirate encounter, we rescue a lone survivor from a destroyed ship
>She is a rock person named Amanda
>There is sexual tention between us
>I have her run the doors
>All our stations our now filled
>We head off to meet the federation fleet
>We get there
>It's a war zone, the federation is being destroyed left and right
>It's only a matter of time before they lose
>We meet with the commander
>We tell him that we discovered a weakness
>The rebels main ship is the senter of their force
>With out it the federation stands a chance
>We are sent on a mission to destroy the ship, as the fleet fends off what ever rebels they can
>Win or die, this will be our last mission
>Radars pick up the location of our target
>It is getting ready to assualt the federation base (our last stronghold)
>We repair our ship and head out
>From here there will be no more help
>We fly bravely on
>On our way, we are targeted by an automated drone
>It rips through our shields and puts serious damage on our hull
>We destroy it, but our back flank has been flooded by rebels
>We continue
>We reach the base as the enemy ship does
>An epic battle commence
>Our lazers struggle to get through their sheilds to let our beams hit
>We take massive fire in return
>The crew works as fast as they can to keep the ship together
>We manage to fend it off but are forced to chase it and finish it
>We've come to far now to end here
>We must finish off the ship
>We engage in combat again
>Our hull is being torn appart
>They target our weapons
>Their shield get destroyed the same time our weapons do
>My first mate Parker, works with Amanda and Kilisk to repair them
>Fire breaks out next to Parker
>It almost engulfs him, but he manages to get a lazer gun back up as he backs into the medbay
>We fire, all hit
>The right wing of the rebel ship rips apart
>But they escape into the emptiness of space
>We repair the ship the best we can
>Or hull is in shambles
>One blow could destroy the ship
>I look at my brother, then to my crew
>We all know what we must do
>During the battle our route to the base was cut off
>We are surronded
>It is a hopeless mission
>But we do not give up
>We will not go quielty into the void of space without a fight
>We mand our stations and prepare for our final jump
>Amanda enters the cockpit during the jump
>We kiss passionately
>Her rocky surface against my skin
>We both feel like this is our only chance
>The jump completes
>What's left is two husks of ships and the fate of the war, all in one battle
>They have both a burst laser canon and a torpedo launcher
>Our shields can deflect the lasezs but a single torpedo and the ship can fall apart
>Our goal is to destory the weapon before it hits
>We prepred for the fight with weapons fully charged
>Our first burst goes out
>It doesn't pierce their shields
>Parker charges the weapons for another attack
>But then they launch three torpedos at us
>We were at 40% evasion
>Mikhail gives me all the energy he can
>I manuver the ship and we dodge all three
>We launch a second attack
>Again, their sheilds just hold
>They shoot back
>I make one more miracle happen
>I dodge right and avoid all three projectiles
>Our weapons charge once more
>We shoot
>They brake through!!!!!!!!
>The beam lazers fire
>One hits, cutting though the ship
>The second hits
>But as it begins cutting through their weapons
>Three more torpedos are lauched
>Their weapons are down, but the threat is still there
>My brother and I watch, as our death approaches
>The first rocket flies in
>Misses
>The second
>Misses
>The third
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>Hits
>Our ship is ripped appart
>The doors collapse, and my crew is sucked into the void
>I see my brother Parker and Amanda gasping for air as they implode
>We die
>Our mission fails
>The rebels win


I will never forget my crew and the adventure my brother and I shared
10/10 would fly again
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
83.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
FTL has kept me interested for 66 hours already and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Every time you start a new game, the outcome is different and engaging. Although you follow the same general storyline in every play through, it still introduces new challenges and thought provoking events. You are constantly running into issues where you have to make hard moral decisions that will affect your progress in the game.

I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys happiness. 12/10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game is extremely tough. I'm a AAA title, high end pc gamer, and this game is on my top 10 list. it may not look like GTA V or Crysis, but it's engaging, challenging, and addictive.

pick it up on sale for like 2 bucks, can't go wrong.
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