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FTL: Faster Than Light Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.


FTL: Faster Than Light is a strategic simulation game where you combat enemy spaceships and survive the dangers of the galaxy. Unusually, you have complete control of every function of your ship and must manage systems, crew and scenarios. It's a hard game you play until you die and then try again. Each run is different, encouraging you to experiment with strategies. Although simple looking it's a deeply immersive experience that rewards expert strategies and calculated risk-taking.

You play the captain of a small ship delivering a secret message of great importance to the leaders of the resistance. In your ship, which is capable of FTL (faster-than-light) travel, you need to evade capture by the rebels, engaging them in combat when you meet them, and deliver the message to safe hands.

Play involves engaging the rebels, who pilot ships of their won, in top-down real-time combat. You attack them in a variety of ways, including missiles, lasers, and troops. You can use the remains of their ships, once destroyed, to upgrade your won, and scrap salvaged can also be used as a currency to buy new crew members and items. You can choose from a variety of ships, species, and more to use, and unlock more as you progress. When you are destroyed, you restart from scratch, allowing you to retry events from different angles; using different ships, weaponry and upgrades could be the key to success.

It's a unique game that combines repeated runs of games like The Binding Of Isaac but with an expanded focus on the bigger picture; resource management, good strategies and experimentation are key to your success.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2012, updated in 2014

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Subset Games (@SubsetGames)

Players: 1




Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Bad Language. The word “b*stard” appears multiple times in the text boxes. The majority of the violence in the game is implied in nature, as it involves battles between spaceships. Two spaceships attack one another with various projectiles in an attempt to destroy their enemy's ship and crew. When a ship has been destroyed it explodes and splits into multiple parts before vanishing.

Rated for younger players in the US where it is ESRB EVERYONE 10+, ESRB state: Players can engage in fire fights with enemies, commanding their crew to shoot lasers and missiles at ships. Ships break apart and explode when defeated. Crewmembers are occasionally depicted fighting intruders from a top-down perspective. The word “b*stard” appears in the dialogue.
Rated 9+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.

Skill Rating

10-14 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The detailed play is a good fit for older children who can appreciate the complete control they have over their ship. It's complex though, and does require patience and resilience when you lose.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


Our FTL: Faster Than Light Accessibility Report documents 15 accessibility features:
The amount of information given to you, both on the HUD and in the menus, may be overwhelming at first to some players. Much of the text (and other in-game objects) can be small and not of high contrast to the background, making them difficult to see.

When an event occurs, you can make a delay occur before you can input your choice. This is so that if you are in the middle of using your keys to do something else, you don't accidentally select a choice you didn't want. However, you still need to be able to react quickly to in-game events.

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