FTL: Faster Than Light for iOS

By Subset Games $9.99 Editors' Rating


Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jun 9, 2014

FTL: Faster Than Light places you in control of a spaceship and charges you with exploring the galaxy to see what you can find. And along the way, you're sure to encounter both friend and foe, so you need to be prepared to make some hard choices to ensure the survival of your ship and crew.


Thorough tutorial: There's a lot going on in this game, and there are many details to keep track of. The tutorial gives you a good, step-by-step overview of where to find different information about your ship and how to access all of its systems. It does take a bit of time to get through, but it's a worthwhile investment in the long run.

Information at your fingertips: All of the information and controls that you need to manage your ship and its resources properly are conveniently arrayed around the interface. You can access everything with just a tap or swipe, so you don't have to continually open dashboards or information panels and then return to your main screen.


Learning curve: Because the game is so intricate, it does take a while to learn. This doesn't have to be a major drawback, but it's definitely something you should be prepared for going in to avoid frustration. Even if you have a lot of experience with this kind of game, don't expect to be an expert right away.

Bottom Line

FTL: Faster Than Light is a well-made and well-executed game. It does come with a substantial $9.99 price tag, but the amount of time you'll be able to spend playing this game and the complexity of the gameplay make it a worthwhile investment.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.5.14

-Prep for future iOS versions (64-bit support)

-More sound problems resolved

-Misc. minor bug fixes


Release October 10, 2017
Date Added October 10, 2017
Version 1.5.14

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74


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Developer's Description

The award winning PC spaceship simulation game from Subset Games comes to iPad. Includes the free expansion, FTL: Advanced Edition, which adds new ships, enemies, events, weapons, and more. PC version's awards include: IGN - Game Of the Year Nominee 2012. PC Gamer - 2012 Best Short-Form Game. Indie Game Festival 2013 - Excellence in Design. Indie Game Festival 2013 - Audience Award. Game Developers Choice Awards 2013 - Best Debut: Subset Games. In FTL you experience the atmosphere of running a spaceship trying to save the galaxy. It's a dangerous mission, with every encounter presenting a unique challenge with multiple solutions. What will you do if a heavy missile barrage shuts down your shields. Reroute all power to the engines in an attempt to escape, power up additional weapons to blow your enemy out of the sky, or take the fight to them with a boarding party. This "spaceship simulation roguelike-like" allows you to take your ship and crew on an adventure through a randomly generated galaxy filled with glory and bitter defeat. Key Features: Give orders to your crew, manage ship power distribution and choose weapon targets in the heat of battle. Pause the game mid-combat to evaluate your strategy and give orders. Upgrade your ship and unlock new ones with the help of seven diverse alien races. Hundreds of text based encounters will force you to make tough decisions. Each play-through will feature different enemies, events, and results to your decisions. No two play-throughs will be quite the same. Permadeath means when you die, there's no coming back. The constant threat of defeat adds importance and tension to every action. Website - www.FTLgame.com. Twitter - @FTLgame. NOTE: Only compatible with iPad 2 or newer. Will NOT run on iPad 1.