FTL: Faster Than Light

To anybody who even remotely familiar with the things Chris Bratt likes, it will no doubt shock you to learn that he had never played FTL until this week's episode of Late to the Party. FTL is a game that feels like I was made specifically for him. It's a game as complimentary to his being as scarves are to his general aesthetic nine months of the year.

FTL due next week on iPad for $10

"A true equivalent to the PC in the experience it provides."

Beloved space-sim/roguelike FTL (Faster Than Light) will cruise onto iPads on 3rd April, developer Subset Games has announced.

FTL coming to iPad

FTL: Advanced Edition expansion announced.

Faster Than Light - one of Eurogamer's games of 2012 - is coming to iPad.

Cart Life, a greyscale indie game about juggling a street vending business with personal commitments, and FTL: Faster Than Light, an action strategy game about keeping your spaceship alive while exploring the galaxy, have won big at this year's indie Oscars, the 15th annual Independent Games Festival.

GOG End of the World sale has some cracking deals

Witcher 2 $7.50, FTL $5, etc. and then there's the bundles.

I suppose offering games for pittance makes sense if your sale only lasts a day. That's what Good old Games is doing. It's an End of the World sale and it ends 22 hours from now (5pm UK time).

Are the rich old men ruining Kickstarter?

The true nature of crowd-funding is being obscured by big names and nostalgia.

At the time of writing, Peter Molyneux's Project Godus, a new god game, has raised 247,044 towards its 450,000 goal on Kickstarter. There are 10 days left to go. Meanwhile, over in Cambridge, Peter's buddy David Braben has raised 699,729 out of 1.25m to make Elite: Dangerous with 24 days left to go. Neither project is guaranteed to be fully funded, but the point is that these grand old men of the British games industry have attracted almost 1 million of support from random people on the internet by promising to return to their roots.

FTL: Faster Than Light review

FTL: Faster Than Light review

Friend or photon?

It's not often you can point to an indie game as the perfect illustration of a core scientific concept, but here we are. Einstein's theory of relativity lays bare the relationship between space and time. They're essentially aspects of the same thing - spacetime - and as you travel through space at the speed of light, time flows very differently than it does for the people you've left behind. At light speed, a journey that may take a few hours for you would be years for everyone else.

So it is with FTL, a superb little space-faring roguelike. Time spent in Faster Than Light does not equal the time passing in the world outside. What felt like a quick 30-minute game before going to bed turns out to have been an epic four-hour session that has left you cold and alone in the early hours of the morning.

Yes, it's one of those games. Games that swallow up your free time like a black hole swallows everything around it. And it's wonderful.

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