Parents' Guide to

FTL: Faster Than Light

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Innovative space strategy game rewards thoughtful play.

Game Mac , Windows 2012
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

A very fun, space retro game.

Both me and my son really enjoy this game. It's really well done. It revolves around space battles. You have a ship that a crew you control maintains. Get upgrades, fight off boarding parties, maintain repairs, etc. The game is difficult. Don't expect to win. But you don't really need to win the game to unlock upgrades and earn a high score. The goal is to get as far as possible. I've played numerous times and only actually won once or twice.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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It may lack the polished presentation of more mainstream fare, but FTL still has potential to be every bit as habit-forming as bigger-budgeted tactics games. A simple tutorial delivers everything you'll need to know about managing your ship and surviving battles in the space of about 15 minutes. From there, you'll launch into a campaign where your command skills will be put to the test. You'll need to experiment a little at first, figuring out how best to make use of finite reactor power and times when it's better for your crewmen to battle blazes personally rather than just venting fire-fueling oxygen into space, but the learning process is fun.

FTL: Faster Than Light can be unforgiving -- you will lose and need to restart several times before experiencing victory -- but you'll get a little further and gain a bit more confidence each time you play. Eventually you'll be commanding your ship like you were Captain Kirk.

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