FTL is Fast and Fun and Available Without the huge Hassle of Steam
Andre Kruppa, Amazon
4 December 2013
Summary: This is an excellent deceptively simple game that is in essence a decision making and consequence engine. It plays well, is very challenging, and combines some old school video game notions with interesting mission based game play. I like it a lot! The game revolves around delivering a message to the Federation fleet by transiting a series of sectors each of which have a number of star systems. The game presents the player with a variety of choices.
Summary: Pros: Puts you in the position of being a starship captain. The game is easy to learn. Game mechanic is simple yet provides enough to create rich gameplay. Graphics are also simple and just enough to communicate what's necessary. You make moral decisions in the game. E.g. You wonder whether you're better off ignoring a distress signal or take the risk of it being an ambush. You only get 1 ship, and if you die along the way the entire game is over.
Summary: The first few times I played this game I was getting frustrated because even on easy I was dieing all the time, usually just a few sectors in. Here are a few hints: Play the game on easy. Jump to as many systems as you can in each sector. This will ensure you are evenly matched or you over match your opponents, which means easier scrap. Scrap is quite valuable. However, don't get caught by the Rebels as you will recover only 1 fuel, nothing else.
Summary: Fun and addicting game. Each play through will be different and you will fail sometimes, but that's the nature of rogue-like games. Even playing on easy doesn't always mean it will feel easy, just less difficult than the other modes.
Summary: 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.
Summary: I'm a fan of old space games from the 90s - star control II, starflights, Wing commander and this captures the same feel. The graphics are a callback to that era as well. I dont feel that this takes anything away from the game but different strokes for different folks. Some call this a space roguelike but I'd liken it more like Oregon Trail meets Battlestar Galactica. There is permadeath. deal.