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:
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Very Positive (383 reviews) - 94% of the 383 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (29,860 reviews) - 97% of the 29,860 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 14, 2012

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****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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Recent:
Very Positive (383 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (29,860 reviews)
Recently Posted
Scott's roommate eric
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
what hasn't been said? You can lose and pick it back up immediately. you can't stop and you won't stop.
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AngryAnimal
( 39.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Absolutely incredible game I keep coming back to
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Xuciana
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
*Rams into ship*
Me: Would you like to hear about our lord and savior Pause Button?
Rebels: *Guns my crew and me down with burst lasers and pike beams*
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That0neGuy
( 31.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Hey you. Yeah, you, the one reading this review. Do you like Sci-Fi games? Do you like Strategy games? Do you like games so hard that they make you want to chuck your computer into a vat of acid? Well, dear consumer, FTL is the game for you. Boasting an insane amount of difficulty even on the easiest setting, and a roguelike element that will make you want to tear your hair out, FTL is a game for those of amazing patience and/or masochists. And you know what?

You'll love every minute of it

TL;DR Buy this game
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Yurt
( 87.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
FTL is a masterpiece of game design.
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TheName'sOwen
( 29.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Wow. This game is absolutley perfect. It is actually difficult, making winning feel so good compared to say, completing a COD campaign, and perfectly blends luck with skill. 10/10
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Ivan Ivanovich Ivanovsky
( 30.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Almost 30 hours in and I still haven't beat this ♥♥♥♥ing game on Easy mode even a single time. End my life.
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Iz_Kystov
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
СЛОЖНАААААААААААА!!!!!
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F I J I W A T E R
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
As much as I like the game itself, the rng ALWAYS ♥♥♥♥s me early on. In one run I had barely any scrap, the one shop I found didn't have anything of value and the next area put me up against a cloaked ship. Then I ran out of fuel and a pirate blew the ship up.
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Skinny Pete
( 1,390.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
This game is simply phenomenal. Of the roguelike-like space combat simulators, and space combat simulators in general, it stands head and shoulders above the best. If you like harsh game mechanics that punish the slightest error, and sometimes even proper play, you will love this.
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Big foot
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Reeeeeaaaalllyyyyy goooood
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Medic (Trenton)
( 143.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
FTL Its well... VERY HARD To describe this game in one word so The closest thing i could get to it is Make your own story
SET YOUR OWN GOALS Or kill the Spoiler text Flagship

Pros.

Simple
Easy to understand
hard but easy?
MANY DIFRENT WAYS TO PLAY
Create your own adventure
ART STYLE AND SOUNDTRACK!!!!

PROS (MODS)

CE (Captains edition)? Well ITS THE MOTHER OF MODS WITH 9000+ HOURS PUT IN TO IT (GO check it out)
Ships
New crew types
Well... ANYTHING ITS A MOD YOU CAN DO ANYTHING

Cons.

New players SOMETIMES have "problems with save" (theres is no save unless your Quiting and Saveing)
FPS kiddies dismiss it altoghether becuase the art style
Text based adventure some people dont read it

Who wont like this game..

People who cant use nexus mods or Nexus mod fourms
OR prople who dislike waiting

Quote: "That dident go as expected"
(this will happen quite alot)
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hatty mc scallywap
( 98.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
first win after 284 games and 90 hours of good times 10/10 would 4 flak cannons again
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chiangpettuck
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Piece of ♥♥♥♥, Cannot save at all.
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allentowntim
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I've unlocked everything. now its time fo rmore of this delightful content.
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alex6phr
( 180.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
there should be an option to play it co-op via steam, without pause.
10/10
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Crafsterz
( 69.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
If you are kind of person that likes sci-fi and strategy? Well this game is perfect for you! I really enjoy playing this game so much that after playing I still keep thinking that I was there in the ship itself fighting the rebels, pirates and some confused aliens! Plus the game is cheap. Worth the money in buying the game. Eventhought the game may not have the over the edge graphics but they have their own art style that fits with its gameplay. Don't forget the music soundtrack they are awesome!
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mmMmm
( 94.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Initially I would have rated this game as good. Now however I simply can't. There is no feeling of good left to me from this game. Put it this way, in business and other things dealing with money the concept of risk vs reward is very prevalent. This game is no exception to the rule, much as it thinks it is. Now for the purposes of this review let's say that reward is in fun rather than monetary gain. For the average person risk should be relatively low for not having fun. In this game the risk is rather high, especially after a certain point where it's pretty much impossible to unlock new stuff (for me it's the point where I'm at). Compound onto this with the fact that it's nigh on impossible to hit an enemy in the late game for some reason, which would be fine if they didn't have THREE layers of shield, which means that they will eat your health with ease while you sit their wishing you could have a jettison option for the person you have manning weapons. At least in that case your jettisoned person might hit the shield and take a level or two off depending on their velocity. I enjoyed the game initially, but my goodwill and enjoyment towards the game has dried up like a sponge in the sahara. Until they update the game to nerf the dodge mechanic this game is pretty much unbeatable, and doesn't get my reccomendation.
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mari
( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
my fav thing to happen is when you get to the last ship and then it murders you with its triple missile weapon easily
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Blubberguy22
( 28.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Great game. Along with a decent story, the gameplay is fun and easy to do, but somewhat challenging and each playthrough is rightfully different.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
54 of 58 people (93%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
This game can be described best as...

"That didn't go as planned"

10/10 would plan again.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
64.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
FTl is really to hard describe genre so lets try this : space exploration roguelike ship/crew managment strategy game:)
One in kind. Most original and innovative indie game i ever played.Go grab it.

Pros:
- Many weapons and interesting combat system.
- Your crew can die in 100 ways.
- A lot of ships to unlock.
- Management system crew/ship.
- 8 races.
- Easy to learn hard to master.
- Randomness every game is diffrent.
- Great soundtrack.
- Every element of the game has an impact on gameplay.
- And many more :)

Cons:
-For some ppl to hard.

Overall 11/10
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
106.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
"do you think FTL is a good game?"

TLDR: I think it's a fantastic game, FTL is a gold standard.

But since you asked, I'll say why:

The gameplay is great. You really want to start on Easy, and use the pause button very frequently. It's really a turn based game don't try to play it in real time. Then just try stuff, explore solar systems, and have a great time. Normal mode is hard enough that lots of people never beat it, and then they added a hard more that really is tough.

The graphics are very simple but also very clean and clear. There is a lot more variation visually than you might think, but you will always know exactly what is happening at a glance. The music is really, really great. You don't need to be a fan of any specific type of music to appreciate how well the tone is constantly transmitted to you. Personally I wind up turning the music off in any game I play after a while, because you have heard it sooo many times, but with FTL I turn it back on, sometimes.

There is lots of content to see. The different types of ships can change the tactical combat hugely, all kinds of things will have effects on the interactions you will have. Some people get frustrated because they have a hard time beating the final boss of the game, but the truth is that exploring the galaxy in various ways and encountering various things, the basic gameplay itself, is the point. The first time I got to the boss it was an accident and I was disappointed because I didn't get to finish the delivery quest I was working on.

I have over 100 hours logged into Steam, and this game has gotten me through at least one long internet-free vacation on top of that. Most of that was before they added a huge, free expansion pack, too. If tactical turn based rougue like lite whatever space exploration sounds fun to you, at all, you will get some time out of this.

The cherry on top of the FTL sundae is the price, it's been in a few bundles and goes 70-85% off pretty frequently. It's worth it at any price, really.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
332.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
I've been playing this for years now. I keep coming back to it, the variety of gameplay and the challenging difficulty make for countless hours of entertainment. The expansion only made it more enjoyable. Will be playing this for years to come.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
A lot of people say that the final boss is "too hard"
yes, the boss is hard, but think about it, its a flagship that has to control, an ENTIRE fleet of rebels, so duh, it has to be strong.
the game is randomly generated. and one of the BEST GAMES EVER
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Love this game, I'm not usually into rogue likes but FTL makes the experience casual enough for beginners to pick it up and yet deep enough for a more hardcore experience.

The art is simple but compelling, and FTL is great on the iPad as well as PC.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
88.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
1- the soundtrack
2- glorious cosmos backdrops
3- endless possibilities

FTL sounds, looks, and behaves like the universe. There are no words to describe how fulfilled I am with FTL in my life. Best game. Best. game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
389.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
It's one of the greatest games of any era, and it has an amazing soundtrack.
Timeless
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Addictive and fun to play, FTL is the space roguelike that will have you desperatley struggling time and time again to complete it. Along the way you can unlock different ship layouts, recruit different races with different stats, but different weapons and upgrade different parts of your ship and, well every game will be different is what I'm trying to say! Very enjoyable and not very expensive, definitely worth a look if you are interested.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
I absolutely love this game. Pick your weapons, build your crew, and FIGHT! One of my favorite PC games, and I wish there were more like it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
117.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Absolutely fantastic game... Great customizability. Unique play-through each time. Many different ships to try. Amazing soundtrack!

I'm generally a multiplayer guy but this is probably the one and only singleplayer game that I repeatedly come back to to spend hours of my life playing.

Please try FTL! It's only $9.99 at full price, can be much less on sale. Totally worth it either way.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn't even matter
I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn't even matter
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
One of the most compelling and addictive games I've ever played. You will not regret buying this game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
258.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
A solid silly, but frustration game.
This game features it's randomized encounters, with random difficulty. Expect to die a lot and whatever you do FOR THE LOVE OF GOD and All your game progress DO NOT USE WINDOW's X to CLOSE (Rage quit the game). You will Delete your Data by doing so. I've done it twice.
Quit the game with the Escape and Button, (Quit) In game to save your data.
Over than that Big Bug, the game is silly if redundant.
You spend hours grinding out achievements for new Ships only to discover that the first ship you get is the best ship. Very Ironic indeed.
The Sound Track and random probability outcome can make things Nerve-racking.

Word of Advice if you have 4 crew Members DO NOT BOARD STATIONS Or SHIPS, Your Crew is SO IMPORTANT.
This game is good time killer, best you watch the clock.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
enjoy getting ♥♥♥♥ed in the ♥♥♥ by the final boss at least 10 times if you're lucky enough to get to it
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I chose "Easy".
Then I know it's not really that "easy".

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
A must have for any Steam library.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Definitely worth it. Steer clear if you don't have an hour or two to pump into a game at a time, or if you easily get frustrated playing for 40min, then dying and losing everything, or if you hate getting unlucky and can't get that one gosh dern weapon you want from any of the stores.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
85.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
80 hours in... yet to beat it once... yet to get tired of it!
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