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What parents need to know
Parents need to know FTL: Faster Than Light is a strategic simulation game that puts players in charge of a starship trying to outrun and fight off enemies, as it salvages resources and keeps the ship running. It's a hard game in which defeat is frequent, your crew dies, and your ship explodes, but none of this violence is graphic. Players also encounter slavers, which might raise some questions from kids. Although the game does appeal to space hero fans, it's a strategic exercise -- and those players who think ahead tend to last longer than others.
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What's it about?
Players control a starship carrying vital information back to central command by charting strategic jumps from one system to the next, each loaded with potential battles. Accessing the systems is as easy as tapping the screen, but you'll need to plan out attack strategies to last. Events happen in real time, but you can pause the game for as long as you like to consider and issue orders that will be enacted once you resume play. Firing weapons and handling other functions of the ship are done via screen swipes, which are clearly explained in the tutorial.
Is it any good?
It's not often you get to role-play Captain Kirk. FTL: FASTER THAN LIGHT takes those sci-fi fantasies and injects a degree of strategy and reality into them, keeping players on their toes. You'll die -- a lot. But that not only teaches you how to play better, it's also part of the fun of the game. The war stories you can tell -- such as how you destroyed an enemy's ship just as their minions boarded yours, defeating your crew -- give the game a sense of community.
The game can certainly be unforgiving, but dedicated strategy fans will find a lot to love here.
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