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 (23,402 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

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
Helpful customer reviews
1,051 of 1,143 people (92%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
114.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
FTL is like solving a Rubik's cube, it's fairly simple if you know what to do, but then the Rubik's cube starts unsolving itself, your hands turn in to stubs and your house is on fire.
10/10 would die again.
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614 of 674 people (91%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Before you buy this game you have to ask yourself a few questions.
Do I like dying?
Do I like dying in space?
Do I like dying in space with the knowledge that I let down an entire race of people?
Do I like doing any of the above violently and explosively?
Do I like lasers and giant space spiders?
If you answered yes to any of the above please seek treatment immediately.
Also I gave the game a 10/10 would go to therapy again
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500 of 565 people (88%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
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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234 of 258 people (91%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Took me countless tries to get to the last sector and then finally one day I get there. After barley winning one of the most difficult fights I had ever fought in my ship was destroyed by a asteroid.

Cried myself to sleep

12/10
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275 of 310 people (89%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
116.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Captains log: Stardate 46154.2

It has been an interesting few weeks. Between the constant raids on my ship, Ion Storms and Solar flares, the crew now has the projected service lifetime of 3 days. If it wasn't for the clone machine I myself would have been gone a long time ago. On our journey back to the Federation base, I can't help but wonder if I've done this before... Sometimes when on the bridge I swear I have experienced the events unfolding before - An untrustworthy slug merchant, an infestation of alien spiders on a nearby station. Nevertheless, even with this uneasy feelings we press on towards the next sector, hoping that it won't be another god-damn Mantis homeworld.

Picard version twenty-three signing off.
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323 of 374 people (86%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
83.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
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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222 of 248 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
107.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
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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182 of 217 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
84.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
On accident I took the medicine needed for an entire planet to survive.

11/10

it happens. As for a real review/message to newcomers in case if people get pissed by my quick and unoriginal comment, here:

The game is fun, but can be RNG based, so a great deal of luck is needed for a beginner to win at first. After you start learning your own tricks and tips, the game will be less RNG reliant and more based on skill since you can use that skill to make the best out of a terrible RNG result or maybe even avoid an RNG tragedy entirely.

Learn to play different ships since they are EXTREMELY varied because one may be more fun or easier for you (Those Lanius ships, horry ♥♥♥♥ lol they are fun and easy to command).

You can board, shoot, hack, set aflame, and send drones to kill off a ship.

Don't be discouraged by early deaths since there will be a learning curve. It will get increasingly fun until you actually complete it. Also, Advanced edition made the game very fun. I highly recommending it for a first playthrough.

9/10
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116 of 135 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
89.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
A space ship sim.
Pros. Cool mods, heaps of replayablity, awesome soundtrack, hard as hell, all that and more for only $10.
Cons. Hard as hell.
10/10 would die again.
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108 of 126 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
* 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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61 of 63 people (97%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
This will probably your first expierence playing the game-

First Sector: Alright, this game seems pretty cool.

Second Sector: You know what? I'm think I'm doing sort of well.

Third Sector: Cool, that sector was pretty easy.

Fourth Sector: Got myself some pretty nice upgrades and systems.

Fifth Sector: OH GOD THE SHIP IS ON FIRE AND WE'VE LOST ALL THE OXYGEN AND THE HULL IS BREACHED AND WE'RE OUT OF FUEL AND PIRATES ARE ON BOARD AND THERE'S GIANT SPACE SPIDERS EATING MY FACE OH GOD.

Sixth Sector: *silence*
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75 of 89 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
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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57 of 64 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
659.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
FTL is an excellent example of how difficulty can be fun. I won't say that FTL is for everyone. It can be mind-numbingly difficult at times. It's the kind of game where you will play it for 20+ hours before your first win. On easy. The complexity and counterplay between making a decision during a battle and making a decision on what to buy or which beacon to explore leaves you with a rich gaming experience as each of these decisions can impact your attempt overall. Surprising depth in an amazingly simple package.
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61 of 73 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
FTL is an 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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49 of 56 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I've heard a lot about this game, and finally decided to see what the hype was about.
I was greeted with an intense micro-management rogue-like, that keeps me wondering if my ship is going to catch on fire, or if the next beacon is going to give me some new super ray gun.
All in all, the replayability is high, the soundtrack is great, and I can see myself playing this way into the future.
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51 of 61 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
I named my ship Serenity and named my crew after the cast of Firefly.
They all died horribly.
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48 of 60 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
You will die.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
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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43 of 54 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
You get into battle :

1. Intruders on ship .

2. Power DOwn.

3. Engines Down.

4. Ammo low.

5. Ship is burning.

6. Ship goes down.

Try again ♥♥♥♥♥ . (10/10)
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
222.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
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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