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FTL: Faster Than Light [Download]

by Subset Games, LLC
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews) 84 / 100

Price: $9.99
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Platform: PC Download
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Edition: Standard
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  • Complex Strategic Gameplay - Give orders to your crew, manage ship power distribution and choose weapon targets in the heat of battle. Pause at any time to evaluate your strategy and give orders.
  • Randomized Galaxy - Each play-through will feature different enemies, events, and results to your decisions. No two play-throughs will be quite the same
  • 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
  • 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.

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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B00D7GNPO2
  • Release Date: September 14, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,370 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard

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.

****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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Space Adventure! June 6, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
FTL is a gem of a game, where you command a spaceship facing difficult odds in making it across the galaxy and defeating your foes.

Your ship starts out as little more than a lightly armed freighter, but as you progress you recruit a crew and start adding upgrades. This makes for a unique playthrough each time, as during one session you might become a cloaked raider that strikes from the shadows, or a tech heavy ship that sends drones to fight for you, or just a classic battlecruiser that wins by slugging it out.

The crews of your ship are fun to build, as there is a diverse cast that begins with generic humans, but lets you gain rockmen who excel at fighting fires, mantis men that can chop through intruders, and even space slugs who can detect where enemies lurk. Your crew gains experience so you get quite attached, and it is a tragedy to lose a veteran to an uncontrolled hull breach.

This is a difficult game, as you cannot save your progress when playing, but I found that makes the game more tense and provides higher stakes. An example of this is when you encounter an abandoned space station with the option to send your crew to search. If you could save, this would be without risk as you could simply reload if the outcome was undesirable. But without that crutch, you must carefully consider if sending your crew to salvage is worth the scrap metal, or if the odds of a space spider attack are too great.

This has been one of my favorite indie games in recent years, and is highly recommended to anyone seeking a great space experience!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game play, not much story or graphics July 1, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
If you're looking for a game with great graphics and an in depth story that is easily beatable, this is not your game, do not waste your money or time reading further. However, if you're like me and just want a fun and challenging (nearly impossible to win every game, even on easy) game to play and don't care about story or graphics read on.

FTL is a vary challenging and fun space based game. It's hard to pin down an exact genre for this game, but I would say it's part real time part turn based strategy/action and it reminded me of a text based (this game is not text based) space trading game I had for my Palm Pilot back in the day.

The world is always randomly generated
Many different events and the vast majority have results that aren't randomly chosen if you have the right crew/equipment
There's plenty to unlock and explore
High level of replayability
Player has the ability to pause at anytime during battle to plan the next set of moves or try to play all real time for the extra challenge

To unlock all ships requires an amazing sequence of random events to occur in the same game, making it very challenging
I actually think this game is a touch too hard, I have yet to beat it on Normal but I haven't really tried beating it on Normal yet I was too busy unlocking all the ships
Each game lasts too long if you want to have an actual shot at beating it

Overall this is an excellent game that is easily worth $5-$10.

On a final note if you're into achievements on Steam or are interested in their Trading card game at all get the Steam version. Other than that I would get the non-Steam version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Roguelike in Space June 30, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
Such a good game in its genre - deep strategy and superb replayability. It is not an easy game, but it is worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ten bucks you can can spend on a game October 25, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Addictive for sure, this game excels at design and balance. Big studio games could learn a lot from these guys. Also, for fellow old timers, who remembers Accolade's Psi-5 Trading Company? This is the spiritual successor. Action starship captaining at its best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game but not as flexible as I had hoped January 18, 2014
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Had hoped to find a game with more flexibility in terms of strategy. There *are* multiple ways to succeed, but it is hard to succeed (particularly in harder difficulties) without basing your strategy on a slow and methodical search and destroy. Balancing in other ways by providing an incentive to reach the end quickly, or alternate ways to beat boss (via cunning or subterfuge or pure stealth).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best indie spaceship roguelike available November 21, 2013
By Fishin
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
Faster than Light is a game that takes the lose-everything-if-you-die, randomly generated gameplay of roguelikes out from its tile-based RPG roots and instead places you in the helm of a spaceship on a one-way trip across the galaxy. As you go along, you'll collect scrap (the game's currency), build your crew, find weapons and upgrade your ship, encounter tons of different situations that require judgment calls that could damage your ship or even lose you one of your valuable party members should things go wrong. It's the sort of game that thrives on tension and difficulty and does a very good job of it.

Of course, there's also lots of ship combat. The battle system is simple on the surface (attack the enemy's shields/weapons, then attack them until they blow up) but there's enough variety in weapons, potential strategies, and of course enemies who will use the same strategies against you to keep things interesting for a long time.

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+ Soundtrack is really, really good. It's the sort of thing that has adds the perfect atmosphere to space exploration and each track has a battle version so it shifts seamlessly between exploration and combat.
+ The length of the game is just right for a roguelike; enough that the journey has some scale and tension to it, but not so long that going through early portions becomes a slog.
+ There's more than one approach to combat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
I've yet to have an identical sector much less run through. Wonderful game and the expansion is only making it better
Published 10 days ago by Alex Hearell
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting and different.
rich enough of an experience to warrant MULTIPLE playthroughs. somewhere between casual and hardcore. good gameplay, ok art. good soundtrack. for ten bucks its more than worth it.
Published 1 month ago by john paul
3.0 out of 5 stars Takes a while to get into
Its a fun game if you like a challenge and don't mind starting over, all of the time. I have never played a management game quite like it and that makes it unique but at times it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a 1980's game
Not worth the 9 dollars though. Reminds me of an old nintendo game so check reviews carefully before you buy it.
Published 2 months ago by Ancalimon
4.0 out of 5 stars Hours of wasted time...
Don't play this game on your own time - see if you can sneak it during work - else, HOURS of wasted time ;)

Overall, pretty addictive.
Published 2 months ago by sunguardian
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy fun game!
This game is very hard to finish but it's designed to be that way. That's the whole point! If you are looking for the satisfaction of completing your "quest" then look... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
Great Game, was more than worth the low price. I could see how this game could not be right for everyone, it is a tedious strategy game, but I recommend it to anyone that isnt... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chase E. Hilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Indie Game
A very interesting and addicting indie game that really is quite fun. The concept behind the game is a strategy/rpg type of game.
Published 3 months ago by Nathan J Lin
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic play but good
This is an old school style game but keeps you entertained. Wish there was an add on to this game.
Published 3 months ago by Copp
3.0 out of 5 stars simple but involving
very simple but cool, poor graphics, poor story, but i was struck in to the game until the end. A simple game for low expence.
Published 4 months ago by Orikelf
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