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 (19,169 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

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    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
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
68.0 hrs on record
A very challenging game that will take you some time to learn - either on your own or through online guides. But once you understand the concepts behind the game you'll find this to be a highly rewarding and greatly replayable game.
Posted: September 29
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
84.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 4
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
A game that can prove to anyone that graphics aren't necessary for a completely engaging experience. Near limitless replayability for 10 bucks.
Posted: October 11
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 20
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
233.2 hrs on record
REVIEW HAIKU

My ship is burning

Rockets can ignore your sheilds

Falling to pieces
Posted: September 26
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
71.0 hrs on record
* 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


*****
Posted: October 17
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
80.4 hrs on record
It's a good game.
Posted: October 2
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
221.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
85.2 hrs on record
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)! :-)
Posted: October 13
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
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...
Posted: October 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
An outstanding space combat sim with roguelite elements and an outstanding user interface that is both manageable yet not over simplified. Satisfying, entertaining and thoroughly replayable, FTL delivers on all fronts as a true up-and-coming indie hit.

9/10

Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
This game treats you like you've been a very bad boy. And I enjoy it for treating me like that. Recommended.

Score: 8.3 - Much Recommend. Such Good.
Posted: September 24
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.9 hrs on record
A lot of fun and highly addictive, this game can be played and replayed many a time. It can, however, be very frustrating, as a lot of the mechanics are based on luck, but nonetheless it is an enjoyable experience.
Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.5 hrs on record
FTL is a very fun game combining RTS elements with a roguelike permadeath and learning curve. The game is very difficult and incredibly punishing. The tiniest mistake usually means the entire ship gets blown up in a chain reaction of system failures, crew deaths, etc. Combat is difficult to master and involves timing and sequencing more than anything else. The ability to pause the game at any point to redirect crew and system power as soon as you unpause reduces from the real time strategy aspect of the game, but it's a necessary evil as there are simple too many things to micromanage and loading times on weapons can sometimes outpace your orders otherwise.

Pros:
* Very difficult
* Highly replayable
* Lots of strategy in managing "scrap" for upgrades, new crew, new weapons, etc
* Minimal graphics, but everything is smooth and layed out well
* Great sound effects and pretty good music
* Lots of unlockable ships with different playstyles due to different layouts and starting crew / systems / weapons

Cons:
* Different strategies are inherently less viable, and you're often funnelled into the typical "upgrade shields, upgrade engines, get boarding crew" strategy if you want to make it very far
* Random events are a bit less random than the game lets on, and to do well you pretty much have to just look up what the different outcomes are and their likelihoods. A new player would never just know not to try to fight the spiders. You have to either lose a crew member like 4 or 5 times to it, or just read a guide that tells you not to try that one because it's only successful like 15% of the time. That's just one example among many.
* Quite a bit of the game is just waiting. Once a battle finishes, you're ready to jump on to the next one. Except you've got to put out all the fires, wait for the oxygen to slowly come back, wait for your crew to slowly heal, slowly repair every damaged station, send your crew to slowly walk back to their default positions, and then finally NOW you can move on. This becomes very noticable and makes the game pretty damn boring at times.
* The game overall is just a bit too cryptic about some ♥♥♥♥. Most things go unsaid, and if you want to know why something happened the way it did, you just have to look up the guide for it. Seems kind of unnecessary for some things.

Overall, 8/10, fun and challenging game with only minor complaints after dozens of hours of play.
Posted: October 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
11/10 it's like kerbal space program with weapons
Posted: October 1
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Awesome! I'm gonna make the best crew ever! Cpt. Picard, Commander Shepard and Ling Ling the ♥♥♥♥♥ of the ship, aww yea fly off into space!
Pirates! They're dead pretty fast and i go on and fly off to new adventures!
A distress call, let's help them. Giant spiders? Well my crew can handle it, send 'em in...
Commander Shepard is gone!? Why? He was one of the best, i cry and move on.
Sektor 3, one alien joins my crew, now that my tears about Shepard are whiped away, i can finally put someone into the weapons room again and btw, Ling Ling loves alien ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
After countless fights i finally reach the last sektor and face the final boss, a big fat ship.
All to their positions! Give 'em hell boys and ♥♥♥♥s, this will be an awesome victory!
Aaaaaand i'm dead.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
FTL is an interesting game to play through a few times - ship combat is surprisingly entertaining with only a few choices to actually make and little control over what good weapons you might find. I don't really enjoy the little text-based scenarios, though.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
My eyes have forgotten to blink.

This game is too good.

Excellent soundtrack, excellent gameplay. 10 hours later, new things keep happening to me.

Love this game. Get it.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
A modern classic. You have to accept the roguelike manifesto that "you will fail to win, repeatedly", but if you can deal with that lack of handholding and "games on rails" - there are deep, satisfying systems to enjoy here. The game lengths are a few hours long (if you have a good run), but sometimes you're dead in 30 minutes.

Another great example of a game that "does a lot with a little", technically speaking. I can't wait to see what this group does next.
Posted: September 29
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