FTL: Faster Than Light

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Space-themed strategy game is difficult but rewarding.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about logic, strategy, and problem solving as they deal with the challenges of this space game. They'll need to prioritize emergencies and budget their resources to keep their ship and crew healthy -- and, even then, they may find that's not enough. Similarly, they'll have to carefully choose which items are best to upgrade their ships. FTL: Faster Than Light demands strategic thinking and planning in an entirely enjoyable way. 

Ease of Play

A well-designed tutorial sets players on the path, but it doesn't make things easy. The game is hard and unforgiving -- and players will certainly fail many times, even on the easy difficulty setting. 


Ships explode, and minuscule crewmen die, but there's no blood, gore, or suffering. When they die, crewmen simply vanish. 

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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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Kid, 10 years old May 9, 2017

Great, barely any violence, quite hard

This is a great game for most people. Even adults! Me and my dad both love it. The only violence is lasers and explosions. It is fun and just sophisticated enou... Continue reading

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of thinking ahead. Are there any lessons from the game that could apply to real life?

  • Families also can talk about the issues raised in the game, such as piracy and slavery. 

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For kids who love strategy and simulation games

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