Faster than Light is a 2D space strategy/simulation/roguelike game which was developed by Subset Games and Is available for Windows, MAC and Linux. You can buy it directly on the developer’s website, on Steam or GOG.
Your adventure is randomized each time, with different quests, enemies, and sectors that make sure no two adventures are exactly alike, which is quite nice. There’s also a fair bit of dialogue choices that you are presented with throughout each game, things like choosing to ignore civilians that are being attacked by pirates can have a negative impact on your adventure later, but sometimes even can be necessary depending on how beat up your ship is.
Back to the gameplay side of things, the game simply dominates here as well. You won’t get tired of piloting the same old ship time and time again, as there’s 9 ships you can use, and each ship has an alternate mode that completely changes the way you use the ship, so there’s plenty of variety in how you can play. If you want to play as the stealth ship and use the cloak to turn invisible during battles, you can do that. If you want to play as the Zoltan ship and have the super shield which can buy you some time while you charge your weapons, you can do that. If you’d prefer to play as a ship which focuses on teleporting your boarding party aboard, you can do that as well. The ship you’re using along with the systems and weapons you have installed on the ship even alters the dialogue, in many cases there is a blue option which is available if you have the necessary equipment; using your cloaking system to sneak away instead of simply trying to remain concealed or taking on a rebel ship in a fight, or sending in one of your rock crew (invulnerable to fire) to go put out a fire on a civilian space station are some examples of those options. They’re better than the normal ones you have available to you, so there are advantages in coming across certain situations in certain ships or ship configurations.
Other than some small issues like that though, Faster than Light is a complete joy to play, the neat story combined with the awesome gameplay, charming visuals and neat soundtrack make for an awesome space simulation/roguelike experience. And when it’ll only run you ten dollars, how can you possibly afford not to buy this game?
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