FTL Debuts on Linux, Joins Diaspora In Top-Tier Space Sims


We do a lot of reporting at The Powerbase on notable Kickstarter projects.  It is always gratifying for us to help spread the word when something great is brewing.  Whether or not we help it ferment is debatable, but when a Kickstarter project delivers on its promise, it is doubly gratifying to share with you.

FTL (Faster Than Light) is now available for Linux.  The much lauded spaceship simulator makes its debut after having been funded 20 times over by excited gamers of all platforms.  In addition to being so successful on Kickstarter, FTL is also the recipient of several high-profile, independent games awards, in areas like “Excellence in  design”.

In addition to all of this, the game is super-polished and fun to look at.  I am personally not a spaceship sim guy, but I can definitely see what the appeal is of this one.

FTL Awards

The Game

Description from Kickstarter:

FTL is a spaceship simulation roguelike-like. Its aim is to recreate the atmosphere of running a spaceship exploring the galaxy.

FTL has been described as “Firefly by way of Spelunky.”  Many games have tackled the goal of recreating the feeling of space operas, but few have focused on the inner workings of a single ship. How does the crew react when their ship takes a heavy missile barrage and the shield batteries shut down?  Do you reroute all power to the engines in an attempt to escape?  Do you power up additional weapons to blow your enemy out of the sky before they can breach your hull?  Or do you teleport a boarding party onto the enemy ship and take the fight to them directly?  FTL allows you to take your ship and crew on an adventure through a randomly generated galaxy filled with glory and bitter defeat.

FTL promised to deliver at the tiny price-tag of $10, but if you go the the FTL homepage, you’ll notice that the price is now set at $9.  A penny saved is a penny earned, so now might be the best time for you to head over there and pick up a copy.  Though you might be tempted to wait until Steam arrives for Linux, as this will in all likelyhood be part of the lineup.

FTL: Faster than Light – Trailer from Justin Ma on Vimeo.

Source | FTLgame


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.