FTL: Faster than Light is a spaceship simulation roguelike-alike. It’s easy to miss the excitement and charm of FTL if you haven’t played it. It’s a 2D top-down strategy simulation with text based pop-ups and many menus, but it is impossible to miss the thrill of it the moment you start playing. I named by first ship Serenity, its Captain Mal, the pilot Wash and my first engineer Kaylee.
Twenty minutes later Serenity jumped into a solar flare that ignited half the ship and was tragically destroyed by a hostile enemy impervious to the heat. I named my second ship the Lady Mac, my Captain Joshua Calvert, my pilot Ashley Hanson and my engineer Warlow. The Lady Mac perished a few minutes later when a Mantis crew boarded them in the first sector and overwhelmed my novice 3-man crew. I realized then that I was going to name a great many ships.
The Ergohacks Verdict
FTL is a blend of strategy and narrative that filled me with dread, fury, frustration, exhilaration and finally, eventually, a satisfying sense of accomplish that made me want to start all over again. It may look like a bunch of consecutive screens to the untrained eye, but just like the greatest books look like a bunch of letters on a page, you won’t know how great it is until you play it yourself.
Price: ± £6.99 – 9.99
“Subset Games is Justin Ma (Artist) and Matthew Davis (Programmer). FTL included work by these talented people: Ben Prunty (Composer and Sound Design), Tom Jubert (Writer), Andrew Church (iPad Programming), Chris Avellone (Advanced Edition Guest Writer).”*
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.
Platforms: PC, iPad
Number of players: Single player
Difficulty setting: Standard
Minimum system requirements
OS:Windows XP / Vista / 7
Memory:1 GB RAM
Graphics:1280×720 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