September 15, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome
Faster Than Light, the brilliant-looking indie game that impressed everyone with its successful Kickstarter campaign, has been released and is indeed (rather unsurprisingly too) brilliant. And very, very unique.
Describing FTL in terms of other games is pretty tough. I mean, yes, its randomly generated galaxies wouldn't be out of place in a rogue-like and it does at times feel like an unholy mix of Elite with Command and Conquer, but FTL is something different altogether. Guess it could essentially be described as a tactical combat explore-'em-up with a hint of RPG and an odd feeling of authenticity, that is played from a top-down perspective in which you get to do what every space explorer loves doing. You know, opening hatch doors, transferring power from the shields to engineering, upgrading your spaceship, targeting enemies, ordering the crew around and handling all the PR.
FTL can be downloaded DRM-free and with all sorts of goodies via gog.com or complete with its Mac and Linux version from the developer's site. If you feel a bit more mainstream, well, you can also grab it on Steam.
Go buy it!