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.

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Price: ± £6.99 – 9.99

About

“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).”*

Design

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.

Specification

Platforms: PC, iPad
Genre: Strategy
Number of players: Single player
Difficulty setting: Standard

Minimum system requirements
OS:Windows XP / Vista / 7
Processor:2 GHz
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

Build quality

  We based our Ergohacks Verdict on the PC version of the game. This article was first published on 11 January 2013 and last updated on 15 June 2017.