FTL: Faster Than Light

By Subset Games

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The award winning PC spaceship simulation game from Subset Games comes to iPad! Includes the free expansion, FTL: Advanced Edition, which adds new ships, enemies, events, weapons, and more!

PC version’s awards include:
- IGN - Game Of the Year Nominee 2012
- PC Gamer - 2012 Best Short-Form Game
- Indie Game Festival 2013 - Excellence in Design
- Indie Game Festival 2013 - Audience Award
- Game Developers Choice Awards 2013 - Best Debut: Subset Games

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:
- Give orders to your crew, manage ship power distribution and choose weapon targets in the heat of battle.
- Pause the game mid-combat to evaluate your strategy and give orders.
- Upgrade your ship and unlock new ones with the help of seven diverse alien races.
- Hundreds of text based encounters will force you to make tough decisions.
- Each play-through will feature different enemies, events, and results to your decisions. No two play-throughs will be quite the same.
- 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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Twitter - @FTLgame

NOTE: Only compatible with iPad 2 or newer -- Will NOT run on iPad 1!


What's new in Version 1.5.14

-Prep for future iOS versions (64-bit support)
-More sound problems resolved
-Misc. minor bug fixes



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Customer Reviews

Fun but frustratingly difficult

This is an excellent spaceship sim but too much relies on luck not skill. While randomness is part of its charm, all it takes is a a couple of bad events to seriously hinder your game, even if you're doing well. Make a bad roll on an encounter and a crew member could die or your hull takes several hits of damage. Couple unlucky missile hits and your oxygen is now seriously running low or a couple rooms are on fire. Having skill can help you somewhat in anticipating these events and prepare accordingly but there's only so much you can do with the resources available. Took me about a week before I could finally beat all three stages of the boss on easy. Another weakness is that for the entire game you have to gear according to what you need on the final encounter. What might be working for you now won't necessarily allow you to win the game. After I beat this boss and after several more failed attempts in other ships, I've no longer have much motivation to play and put all with all this frustration. Easy mode should be that easy. I think the only difference in modes is how. I have resources you get each encounter. I'd really hate to put up with this game on harder levels. No longer fun for me and I'm quitting.

I’m leaning towards “Meh”....

I only have a couple hours on this game but it’s already starting to grate on me. As others have said, it’s mostly about luck. The graphics look good. The premise is decent and I like the layout and interface. The tutorial is helpful enough. What this game really needs is a save feature since all it takes is one bad encounter and your work goes up in flames, with starting from scratch (or deleting the thing) as your only option. Most games I make it a few turns before I’m done. Some have gone bad on the first stop. A couple were actually starting to look hopeful with added weapons, extra crew, and buffed equipment, but again one bad run in and “poof”, gone. It’s pretty frustrating to get boarded and watch helplessly as your systems and 6 person crew are decimated room by room with absolutely nothing you can do about it.

With the gameplay of this thing starting to look like all stick, no carrot, and lottery odds to beat a level, I suspect my interest here will be short lived. That’s not being a “wuss”. Some people just prefer games that require actual eye/hand coordination and real problem solving skills over something that caters to mindless tenacity.

Difficult... Until you get the hang of it

FTL is a roguelite. It requires a good understanding of micromanagement and tactics to win consistently. Losing a single battle, or even just taking a lot of damage usually means losing the run. On easy, this is circumvented a bit. You can afford to tank beatings once in awhile.

Unlike most other roguelites (and some other reviews on here), it is USUALLY possible to go through the game with almost any combination of things and win consistently. Yeah every once in a while you're handed 3 beams and a single laser to take on the world, but even then if you have Advanced Edition content on, you can just grab hacking and shut off enemy shields so your beams can cut their ship to pieces... or you could board their ship.

My point is that a lot of these complaints about difficulty are kinda unwarranted if you consider the genre. Roguelites and Roguelikes are often characterized by their difficulty... and this game isn't that difficult for roguelite standards. Easy mode for me, for example, is the automatic win difficulty. Hell I've beaten the game on easy with 3 ion weapons and a fire beam, because shutting off their medbay so they can't stop the fire is stock and trade.

Also start with advanced edition on. It makes the game harder, but more exploitable. In addition, you don't have to learn a new way to play after getting used to not having it.


FTL: Faster Than Light
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This app is designed for iPad only
  • iTunes Price: $9.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: May 24, 2017
  • Version: 1.5.14
  • Size: 180 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Subset Games
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Requirements: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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