Conclusion: FTL: Advanced Edition is an incredibly replayable game, and each run gives me something memorable and rewarding – even the ones that end with my entire crew dead. The excellent iPad version has just become my go-to mobile game, since it includes all of the tense decision-making and unpredictability that make it endlessly entertaining on PC. Though I still prefer the speed and accuracy of the PC’s controls, the iPad version is very smooth and a close second.
Pros: Unpredictable, Endlessly replayable, Great combat, Fun story decisions
Summary: Hold your butts, faster than light travel just got better. Subset Games initially released 'FTL: Faster Than Light' in 2012 after a successful Kickstarter drive and immediately captured the attention of every 'Star Trek' dreamer with an eye for creative indie games. Would-be Jean-Luc Picards emerged from the shadows to lead their ship through space, cutting power to the life support and beaming crew members into harm's way in a quest to save the federation.
Excerpt: FTL: Faster Than Light, a year-old game published independently, takes place in a universe where clashing factions are attempting to take control of a now-expanded universe consisting of various races, groups, and new technology. Players take control of the protagonists of the story, the Federation, and fly a small ship that contains extremely important info to ensure the Federation ’s success against the opposing Rebels .
Summary: The HMS Tribble was on fire. Every single room from the engine room to my recently purchased drone control room was being consumed one tiny square at a time. The valiant Captain Jack Jack was frantically attempting to regain control of the helm, while the other two surviving crew members -- the brave Weapons Officer Beth Buttons and the ingenious Engineering Officer Jerry Trifle -- were working together to get weapons back online.
Excerpt: The Federation is on the verge of collapse. Human-supremacist Rebel forces are closing in on the last systems under Federation control and the end is in sight for countless races. You and your small crew are aboard one of the few remaining Federation starships capable of faster-than-light (FTL) travel and you have intercepted a data packet from the Rebel fleet that has information with the potential to throw the Rebels into total disarray and ensure a turn in this war.
Excerpt: I hadn't heard of Faster Than Light (FTL) until I was asked to review it. Had I been paying more attention to the Interwebs I would have realized that this was a little bit of a cult hit and one of the success stories to come out of Kickstarter. Legend has it that FTL was pretty close to being a completed game by the two-man development team at Subset Games. They decided to use Kickstarter to fund an additional $10,000 or so to finish up their labor of love.
Summary: FTL: Faster Than Light is far, far greater than the sum of its deceptively simple screenshots. What initially seems like a playground for basic ship-to-ship combat very quickly reveals itself to be a puzzle box of sorts, something which offers astounding levels of depth and complexity through a series of interlocking and complementary systems.
Excerpt: FTL is a game that does not look real; its programmer pixel art won’t be the thing that draws you in. But it feels real; it feels like what you’d imagine controlling a vessel struggling to survive in deep space to be like. It asks you to make hard decisions at every turn, to take risks in hopes of greater rewards.
Innovative space strategy game rewards thoughtful play.
Common Sense Media
13 November 2012
Summary: Parents need to know FTL: Faster Than Light is a strategic, starship-command simulation game in which players try to navigate safely home while fighting off attackers, performing repairs, and salvaging resources. Starships are destroyed and crewmen die, but there's very little graphical violence. The focus, instead, is on logical, strategic thinking.