25 Games Like Faster Than Light

Games Like Faster Than LightOur list of games like FTL (Faster Than Light) offers other experiences that use a roguelike mechanic or space setting as their main selling point.

Faster Than Light (FTL) launched in late 2012 on PC and eventually made its way to iOS devices with an advanced edition which boosted gameplay considerably (and was included as a free update for PC). In FTL players are challenged to take their spaceship and crew from one side of the galaxy to the other on a quest of great importance.

Along the way players will have to upgrade their ship, recruit crew members and fight off a variety of hostile parties. The game is randomly generated to ensure each new adventure is different and that you never know what awaits you on your next space jump.

A core feature of Faster Than Light is the permanent death mechanic that gives players only a single life to complete their goal. Like most games with permadeath players will have to start from the very beginning if they find their ship destroyed.

The games like FTL that are on this page focus on other games with permadeath mechanics. While an effort has been made to include other space themed games this collection here covers multiple themes and gaming genres to provide more options and greater variety.

Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?!

Jump from galaxy to galaxy in the insanely titled Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! A game about exploring a procedurally generated universe on your mission to save grandfather Jiji from the hands of The Eclipse. While comparisons to Faster Than Light are inevitable Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! takes a much different approach, doing away with the rougelike elements for a more structured (and hilarious) adventure that comes with different combat mechanics, a crafting system, crew skills and so m...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (8 votes)
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Space Food Truck

Imagine you find yourself in a procedurally generated galaxy at the wheel of a spaceship hurtling through space to find exotic ingredients, craft recipes and delivering them to your waiting customers. This is the setting of Space Food Truck which pairs with co-operative gameplay and deck building to round out this galactic adventure. Space Food Truck is not content with operating in a single genre and instead mixes rouge like gameplay with card games, strategy and even cooking. All of these elem...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (11 votes)
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Rogue Legacy

Create a legacy of children in Rogue Legacy, a rogue-lite experience where you’ll have to explore a dangerous castle, defeat bosses and deal with the poor gene pool of your family. Your ultimate goal in Rogue Legacy is to unlock the golden door that appears at the start of the castle to solve the simple but mysterious story line of the game. This involves adventuring deep into the castle that offers 4 different regions and 4 bosses that you must defeat, sounds easy enough doesn’t it?...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (9 votes)
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Dungeon of the Endless

Fusing the genres of strategy, RPG, rogue like and even tower defence is Dungeon of the Endless a game where you’ll lead a group of heroes after they crash land deep into a facility on a strange alien planet. Dungeon of the Endless has a huge array of mechanics to master which gives the game great longevity. For the most part the game evolves each mechanic slowly so it won’t be a huge burden to learn the intricacies of the game either. At the start of each game players will get to select two her...[Read Review]

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8.7 User Avg (11 votes)
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Card Dungeon

Combining rogue like elements, card collecting and turn based role playing is Card Dungeon, a uniquely entertaining experience for your mobile device. With a crusader under your control, thousands of cards at your disposal and hordes of enemies in the dungeon before you Card Dungeon will keep you engrossed for hours and hours. Mixing the card and board game genre into one is never an easy feat but Card Dungeon manages to do so while keeping the core mechanics simple but still offering a level of...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (30 votes)
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Invisible, Inc.

Use your abilities of sneak in Invisible, Inc. a stealth based tactical game Developed by Klei Entertainment who also brought Don’t Starve to the world the game features similar roguelike elements. Invisible, Inc. explores the year 2074 with a setting where large corporations have done away with the government and put themselves in charge. Invisible, Inc. supports these companies by offering infiltration and intelligence services through field agents and a powerful AI called Incognita. In ...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (11 votes)
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The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac was designed by Edmund McMillen and offers a bizarre action adventure game that is incredibly fun and addicting while also hitting many other check boxes. The game is available through Steam and was released in 2011. In The Binding of Isaac you take on the role of Isaac with the ability to eventually unlock several other playable characters. Isaac flees to the basement after his mother receives a message from God demanding that he be sacrificed. What you find down in the bas...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (10 votes)
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NEO Scavenger

Awakening from cryogenic status and finding yourself alone in a post-apocalyptic world is a scary situation for anyone. NEO Scavenger attempts to capture this fear and disorientation in a turn based survival title with permanent death. To start your NEO Scavenger adventure players will get the opportunity to develop a unique character from various skills and flaws. By taking on such flaws players can accept more abilities in the hopes that they’ll balance each other out. While this selecti...[Read Review]

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8.3 User Avg (7 votes)
delver

Delver

Delver is a dungeon crawler with randomised levels and is available for Windows, Mac and Android devices. The game has great appeal for fans of rougelike dungeon and action role playing games with its exploration and loot orientated gameplay. Delver has been in development since 2012 and has slowly grown into an enjoyable game experience that still has plenty of plans to take the game to the next level. Delver is played in a first person perspective and includes all the features you would want i...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (29 votes)
flotilla

Flotilla

Flotilla gives you a bite sized space exploration and combat game that gives you 7 months to explore the galaxy and encounter as many random events as possible. Flotilla ensures that no two games are the same thanks to the many randomised elements of the adventure portion of the game. This adventure mode will start you with two ships and only 7 months to live due to a life threatening illness. This decision keeps individual games to a reasonable length (if you survive that long) and requires you...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (30 votes)
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Out There

Choose your own space adventure in Out There a game that challenges you to survive in the vastness of space as you travel between planets and acquire resources. Originally released for iOS and Android device the title was eventually brought across toe PC, Mac and Linux with an enhanced version for the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Set in the future as the human race makes a mad dash for resources outside our own planet players find themselves lost outside the solar system as they wake from their cryo...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (8 votes)
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Renowned Explorers: International Society

Explore the far corners of a procedural generated Earth in Renowned Explorers: International Society a game where you create a crew of 3 experts (from a potential 20) to hunt down the treasures of the world and remove whatever stands in your way. Renowned Explorers: International Society splits its gameplay into two different game modes; Discovery where you may save your game progress and Adventure mode which removes saving as a mechanic and ends should all your party succumb to death during you...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (18 votes)
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Captain Forever Remix

Captain Forever Remix recreates the original Captain Forever title with enhanced gameplay. Your objective is to design the most powerful spaceship you can from randomly generated parts from the ships that you destroy in the rougelike framework. Each individual game in Captain Forever Remix starts off the same with players building a starting spaceship from a handful of parts. These parts include the likes of missile cannons, engines, bulkheads and other modules that provide unique benefits. As p...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (18 votes)
sunless-sea

Sunless Sea

Sunless Sea explores a dark world within the same universe as Fallen London where you’ll control a ship and its crew in an effort to achieve your selected characters ambition. For those unfamiliar with the Gothic Victorian inspired setting of Fallen London it revolves around the city of London being sunk into the ground where players explore this underground sea filled with monsters and other terrors. It’s very much a Lovecraft inspired game world that is mysterious, terrifying and e...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (18 votes)
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Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition

Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition combines the original Halcyon 6 game with a host of additional game content, optimisation and enhanced features based on community feedback to deliver a more diverse and vast science fiction strategy adventure over the base game. Blending detailed crew management with space battles, story events that can change between playthroughs and randomised elements Halcyon is an intriguing mixture of game genres wrapped within a Star Trek inspired game skin. Halcyon 6: Lights...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (18 votes)
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Battlevoid: Harbinger

Battlevoid: Harbinger aims to be a challenging exploration game where you explore the galaxy, experience real time space battles and take control of enemy territories one hyperspace jump at a time. Originally released under the name Battlestation: Harbinger but renewed under Battlevoid: Harbinger you will make key decisions for your spaceship as you explore, fight and improve your spaceship. Your exploration across the galaxy is node based with each jump taking a players turn. After each of thes...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (18 votes)
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Darkest Dungeon

Battle stress and monsters in Darkest Dungeon, a roguelike dungeon crawler with a dark setting. Manage your roster of heroes as you explore the depths of a gothic mansion while paying close attention to the building stress level of your adventurers. In terms of plot the game begins with players inheriting an estate from a relative who had planned to excavate underneath for fame and fortune. Unfortunately instead this relative unearthed something much darker, releasing plenty of evil creatures ou...[Read Review]

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7.9 User Avg (9 votes)
crowntakers

Crowntakers

Crowntakers mixes several genres together to create an interesting blend of turn based combat, role playing and rogue-lite elements that will keep you hooked and playing just one more game. The setting for your adventure is one you would have encountered before with a peaceful land being thrown into chaos after the loss of their king. You are tasked with stepping up and embarking on a journey to free him from evils hand. Players will start on the easy mode in the game (you’ll thank the gam...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (10 votes)
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Distant Star: Revenant Fleet

Distant Star: Revenant Fleet offers an interesting space strategy video game that relies on a fleet based combat journey that will take you from one side of the galaxy to another in order to save your home planet. The game depicts the war between the A’Kari and Orthani races who have been locked in a war spanning the ages due to an ancient artefact that the A’Kari protect. It seems the Orthani have finally gotten the upper hand though as they are preparing their planet destroying sup...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (12 votes)
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Sword of the Stars: The Pit

Sword of the Stars: The Pit has you as the last hope for your world as a deadly plague ravages the entire population will an alien facility hold the cure? With 30 randomised floors of rogue like goodness to conquer in Sword of the Stars: The Pit is a game that you will be dying often as you try to make it deeper and deeper into the facility. For those that are truly dedicated you’ll have a total of 6 different difficultly levels to attempt and potentially hundreds of hours of gameplay. Swo...[Read Review]

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7.6 User Avg (8 votes)
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Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space is a rogue-like style space experience with trading, battles and plenty of exploration waiting to be discovered in the weird galaxy it presents. The game aims to keep each adventure to under an hour (most won’t even last anywhere near that) so there isn’t a huge time commitment required to roll the dice one more time as you attempt to achieve galactic victory (based on score and survival). As one would expect from the rouge-like genre style adve...[Read Review]

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7.6 User Avg (9 votes)
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Space Rogue

Take flight in Space Rogue a space ship adventure game that combines the likes of tactics, exploration and strategy as you explore the galaxy with your own ship and crew. Fans of Faster Than Light will instantly recognise the gameplay although Space Rogue offers a number of extra mechanics to explore. The primary draw of Space Rogue is the randomised worlds which ensures each playthrough is different. Pulling from a pool of 200+ randomised events and quests each jump to a new location hides an i...[Read Review]

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7.1 User Avg (7 votes)
spelunky

Spelunky

Spelunky is an action adventure game that has you exploring the depth of various randomly generated caves. On your journey you’ll encounter countless enemies, impressive treasures and much more. The game received a rebirth between 2012 and 2013 with an enhanced edition making its way to various platforms that greatly improved the original gameplay and visuals. Players can still access the original for free from the official website. In Spelunky you control an unknown adventurer with the goal of ...[Read Review]

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6.9 User Avg (19 votes)
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Star Command

Star Command is space exploration game mixed with simulation that allows you to recruit your crew, explore the galaxy and battle against a range of hostile aliens in the process. Born from a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2011 Star Command was eventually released in 2013 to mobile (iOS and Android) devices with clear inspiration from similar games and science fiction films. One of these most evidence influences in Star Command is that of the Star Trek universe as you take command of your ver...[Read Review]

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6.2 User Avg (10 votes)
convoy

Convoy

Taking a page out of the lore of Mad Max and blending it with the likes of Faster Than Light is Convoy a game orientated around scouring the wastelands to build up your convoy in the harsh environment. Travel the wasteland in your semi trailer truck as you aim to recover enough resources to repair your crashed spaceship. It’s a post apocalyptic setting that feels just like the Mad Max franchise albeit on a distant planet in the future as you fight off other convoys of vehicles to obtain the nece...[Read Review]

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6 User Avg (18 votes)