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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Overwhelmingly Positive (388 reviews) - 95% of the 388 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (29,839 reviews) - 97% of the 29,839 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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DO DOPE FUCK HOPE
( 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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DJGAV
( 67.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Ahh the burning!

Grr the xplosions; Blech the dying

10/10 would burninate again
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Tony Bamanaboni
( 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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Jonny Quest
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
A friend gave me this sat in inventory forever, i just tried it AND LOVE IT
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Make Penguin Great Again
( 137.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Top 5 game of all time for me. So simple yet so addictive. The best!
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papabois88na
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This bloody game man.

10/10
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TOKOLOSE
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Beam me up Scotty!

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to sit in capitan's chair? Cruising trough space with your very own space ship (or sheep) and fatihful crew? Well you're in luck. You just found the next best thing. FTL is so far the most fun simulator of space ship capitan I have ever played. Is not the most accureate or realistic but it will suck you in for hours and won't let go.
You will command single ship and your task is to get it safetly to its destination. This means manage the crew, ship sub-systems, making repairs of hull breaches and damaged systems, and above all having fun.
As on execution of this idea I didn't encouter any major bugs or glitches,


Game score 9/10

PS: There is no better way to make review than dictating it to a sexy lady who sits on your lap. I think I have to do this more offten. (she seems to like it too :D )
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Eurybus
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Product received for free
got this game through a friend, and its pretty fun! although im not that good at it yet but hey, i still love it
and there arent many games i still love to play even though i suck
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CheapHeat
( 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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arctictoool CSGOEgg.com
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Played. Died. Repeated for sixteen hours straight without realising I had skipped two meals and three classes. Rocked out to the soundtrack the entire time.
Will I get that time back?
No.
Do I care?
No.

9/11 would suffocate enemy ship again.
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Mr.BMO
( 90.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
only con for me is the difficulty settings are a bit missleading, the easy mode is normal, normal is hard, and i dont even want to personly find out what hard is like, besides that, this game is one of best Sci-fi games ive ever played getting points for fun combat, interesting dialogue, a sound track of pure amazment, a lot of cool missions, secrets, and races/ships.definitly recomend it, PS: moding is considerably easy and ads a X10 to everything i just said
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the Tantoblin
( 106.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
It is just a very well made game. FTL is packed full of fun and great mechanics. The game progression is done in a way that keeps the game fun the replatability of this game is out of this world. Literally. You can't go wrong with FTL. Just trust me.
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Eric
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
very interesting
very hard
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Acesky
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Great game. A must have in every steam library, especially how cheap it often gets during sales. Visit the official forums for mods like Better Planets and Backgrounds, FTL: Captain's Edition, and so on that enhance the game's replayability.
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TNCreator
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This is so freaking hard. But so fun. BUT HARD AS HELL

Otherwise everything is super cool about this game, super nice pixel-art graphics, incredible OST, strong gameplay.

But damn it is hard.

But get it now.
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Conner
( 17.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Man... I stopped myself getting this game years ago, that was a regret. This is a fantastic little indie game. Worth a purchase when on a discount. 8/10.
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mcneth
( 32.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
how do you get the other ships without killing the flag ship
I do think it is a good game but there is a picture of someone with 5 ships and they are out of order
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Cousin Avi
( 35.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I suck so bad

But I'm still having fun?!
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RWBY
( 31.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
The randomly generated situations and paths in this game keep in interesting for a considerable time and each different ship allows for a different style of play which also keeps in from getting quickly boring.
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sunfizz98
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Easily one of the best strategy team based rogue like games. Fantastic soundtrack, art, mods, and flavor text.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
155.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Are giant alien spiders a joke?
Does your crew really need that oxygen right now?
How much fire is too much fire?
Is that bribe good enough?
Are they gonna try to eat us if we go in there?


If you've ever asked yourself or wanted to be asked questions like this, then FTL is a no brainer of a purchase.
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42 of 44 people (95%) found this review helpful
26 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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22 of 23 people (96%) 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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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
You will press space more than any other button in this game.

In all seriousness, this is NOT a fast paced game. If you're looking for that, look elsewhere. This is a game that will make you think and have you plan out your next strategy. The graphics are appealing, and the learning curve is small. For $10, it can't be beat.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
60.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
I got this game a few years ago and played a solid 25 hours making no headway because I was doing everything wrong. Over the past two weeks I picked it up again with the goal of finally winning. Took about 20 additional hours for my first (and thus far only) victory on Normal mode. I feel a lot better about reviewing it now that I've got enough hours and a victory logged.

100% recommended.

You are the captain of a ship. You have to micromanage your crew and systems (weapons, shields, engines, oxygen. and piloting being the primary systems that you start with, with various systems and subsystems that differ from ship to ship or can be purchased along the way. Your goal is to explore every sector of the galaxy, progressing towards an exit beacon that propels you into the next one. You have limited time in each sector, and every jump costs one fuel. You'll often stumble across shops that let you install new weapons, hire new crew, buy new systems, buy basics like fuel and missiles, sell things you don't want anymore, and repair your ship if need be. Tons of different events that you can encounter on your travels, all having various outcomes based on your decisions. You'll make decisions or run into hostile ships after each jump with the goal being to survive long enough to upgrade your ship, get better weapons, make it to the end, and beat the final boss.

That's FTL in a nutshell. Once you learn the ropes, the best ways to attack and defend, optimal ways to upgrade your ship, which events will punish you and which ones will help, you'll gradually make it further and further. On the surface the game seems completely RNG-based (and indeed, you can play perfectly and have a stretch of unlucky breaks that kill your run, or a stretch of lucky ones that win it), but the more you play, the better you get. You learn the tricks of the trade and suddenly you're relying way less on RNG and way more on your own skill.

You start with one ship unlocked, and can unlock more through various quests in-game or by beating the game with other ships. There are ten ships in total, eight of which have three layouts, two of which have two. That's a grand total of 28 ships to choose from each with its own starting strengths, weaknesses, and intended playstyle. Different starting weapons and systems really shake things up. Lots of replay value.

Game has three difficulties now, easy, normal, and hard. Normal is punishingly hard at times and it will take you a while to beat. You're gonna die a lot, but that's part of the fun. Even on easy mode, it's unlikely you'll be winning when you first start playing, as the game is still challenging and you stlil need to learn the ins and outs. I didn't play on easy mode even once until I had cleared normal (which happened at the 45 hour mark, but again the first 25 hours were me playing totally wrong so let's say 20), and what I learned in normal means I can win easy almost every time now, while normal is still very challenging and hard mode is completely beyond me.

Captain your vessel, blow things up, die a lot, cry when your oxygen gets blown up and you suffocate from a hull breach, don't fight the giant alien spiders (they are no joke), get stranded with no fuel, go on a grand adventure, rinse and repeat until you win, and then rinse and repeat some more. That's FTL baby!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
321.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
There are a couple of games that I keep installed after I have eat the game. For is one of my go to games. The replay value is huge. If nothing in my game library is calling my attention then I'll fire up front and destroy me some ships.
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11 of 14 people (79%) 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 7 people (100%) 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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
this game is terrific!
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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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
its a very unique game and its so addicting i like it alot
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
86.6 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3 of 3 people (100%) 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 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
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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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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
108.5 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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