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Faster Than Light (FTL) Review And Tips

Pictures of FTL ships
Written by Ashley Gaynor

Why has the Faster Than Light (FTL) game become so popular? After all, it is only an indie game with retro graphics. On the surface, it does not look like much at all, but underneath lies a very well thought out and clever gaming mechanic. The depth of thought that has gone into the game makes it a clear rival for any big-budget game on the market.

How Popular Is The Game?

Pictures of FTL ships

It is currently available on Steam and GOG.com, and you may also play it on your mobile device. It works on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and the iOS. It has received scores of:

Metacritic gave it 84 out of 100
Eurogamer gave it 8 out of 10
GameSpot gave it 8 out of 10
IGN gave it 8 out of 10
GameSpy gave it 4.5 stars out of 5

It Is Very Similar To Star Trek

FTL (Faster Than Light) is often compared to a Star Trek game because many of the elements are similar. There are shields, teleporters, energy weapons, engine rooms and so forth. Your job is to jump from sector to sector while being chased by the enemy. Jump from point to point within each sector and come across encounters.

Each encounter is different. On many of them, you must fight enemy ships. In others, you must solve problems, take up quests, collect things or trade. The aim is to upgrade your ship so that you may fight the big boss at the end.

Is The Game Based Mostly On Luck?

No, but it is easy to see how a newbie player may think FTL is based on luck. It is a tactical game that engages the logic centers of your brain. A run of bad luck can make the game harder to complete, but your progress certainly isn’t governed by luck. For example, if you run into an encounter where another ship needs help because of giant spiders, you have the choice of going over there or not. You can go over there and risk losing crewmembers, or you can let the other ship handle its own problems.

Tips To Help You Survive

The FTL game is difficult, so it is highly recommended that you start the game on easy until you have completed it at least three times. Don’t worry about replayablity because each environment is randomly generated, and as you progress you will uncover different ships that allow you to go back and re-assault the game anew. You should also keep the new content turned off to start with so that you may experience the classic game before you try out all the new updated stuff.

Here is a video of the cloaking trick. It is a simple timing trick you can use to avoid taking ion damage to your ship.

 

As you progress and complete the game, you will unlock new ships, and each new ship has a special talent that you can exploit. As you exploit each talent, you will discover a new way to defeat your enemy. For example, one of the Mantis ships has four teleport pads that you can use to send over batches of your crew to assault the other ship’s crewmembers. Another ship has an anti-bio beam that you can use to slice through the enemy and kill off the crew.

Here is a video showing how to time your cloak mechanism. If you time it correctly, then you may avoid damage directly. In addition, the enemy cannot charge its weapons until your cloak has finished.

For many more tips, check out this FTL tips and advice article. It is loaded with gaming advice that is tough to find elsewhere. It was born from the writer’s obsession with the game. He has even timed how long each system-level of each clock takes to charge.

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