1. ‘Battlevoid: Harbinger’
Taking on the role of a young commander, you’ll use turn-based strategy to take on the perils of outer space in Battlevoid: Harbinger. Some reviewers have compared this game to FTL: Faster Than Light, not simply because of its scenario, but because of its tactical difficulty. You’ll make decisions concerning your ship’s weapons, tactics, and defenses, as well as luring and trapping foes, and much more.
For Ceres, the Earth has been destroyed and alien lifeforms have been brought in by a portal constructed to connect our world to other stars that has malfunctioned. They’re in an unusual position, with people and monsters battling each other alongside machine-gods. Ceres, an artificial intelligence (A.I.), joins you as a young adventurer in charge of a starship.
FTL: Faster Than Light-inspired Convoy is the most frequently mentioned game when discussing similar offerings on the market. You’ll be driving a semi-trailer truck over a barren planet in search of pieces of a crashed spaceship in this pixel art adventure. In the game’s text-based dialogue, players can choose from a variety of responses to questions posed by characters in the game. Tactical fighting is also a wonderful use for Convoy.
4. Crying Suns
Crying Suns, a game developed by Alt Shift and distributed by Humble Bundle, was launched on Windows and macOS in 2019 and on iOS and Android in the summer of 2020. As a space fleet commander, you’ll have to explore planets, meet people, and battle other space fleets in this action-adventure game. After its initial release, this game, too, received an Advanced Tactics update, just as FTL: Faster Than Light. It has been criticized for being too monotonous at times, but it’s definitely worth a try.
It is the primary goal of the game Duskers to discover what caused the cosmos to be in its current state. A drone is used for this, and you use it to go between ships and salvage resources so that you can better traverse your surroundings. In addition to adversaries like robots and other hostile living forms, the game revolves around the player’s ability to cope with and fix problems like radiation leaks. Misfits Attic created the game, which is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux users.
6. Heat Signature
If you liked the 2013 puzzle-platform game Gunpoint as well as FTL: Faster Than Light, this is the game for you. That’s because Heat Signature was also produced by Suspicious Developments. Heat Signature received the 2017 IGN Award for Best Action Game, if that’s not enough to entice you to give it a shot. Using a top-down perspective, players must steal technologies, rescue captives, and more in a space environment, which is always exciting.
7. Into The Breach
It’s possible that you’re familiar with Subset Games if you’re reading this because you’re a fan of FTL: Faster Than Light. Into the Breach, a follow-up to FTL, was released after FTL. This game is worth your time for that reason alone. A group of huge monsters known as the Vek are at war with mankind in the future. In turn-based battle, they use mechs. In combat, each player is in charge of three mechs at once.
8. Rebel Galaxy
Double Damage Games’ 2015-2016 title Rebel Galaxy is included on this list of space-themed games. Although it’s a Western-style space game, the combination of genres helps it stand out above the rest. This film features both pirates and aliens, as the genre promises. Gunships go toe-to-toe in a battle of wits. Players can engage in side activities including trading, bounty hunting, and piracy in addition to story-relevant objectives. The prequel was released a few years ago if you’re a fan of the game.
9. Renowned Explorers: International Society
Taking its cues from Indiana Jones and FTL: Faster Than Light, Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game set in a fictional 1800s. From a pool of twenty explorers, players can pick three to represent them (or 24 if you have an expansion pack.) Fighting, scouting, speaking and science are the four categories. Preparations are made for expeditions in which players search for the wealth. You can fight the natives, but you can also opt to become friends with them.
10. Slay The Spire
There are many roguelike games on this list, but Slay the Spire is a deck-building card game, or at least it features a lot of the latter. Fans of FTL: Faster Than Light and this game will find a lot of common ground because both have a similar aesthetic and a similar sense of adventure that can’t be adequately described in words. Ascend through a series of procedurally generated floors and fight your way to the top. It’s like playing a deck-building game in real life.
11. Space Rangers: Quest
To put it as plainly as possible, your mission in Space Rangers: Quest is to deal with a threat. While on your journey, you’ll be forced to solve difficult riddles and protect the natural world. There’s no turning back once you’ve picked your ship and set out on your adventure. The written language in this game is conversational and easy to read while also being engaging because it features text quests.
12. Space Rogue
Since FTL: Faster Than Light takes place in outer space, it’s no surprise that many of the games on this list are also set there. It’s worth attempting Space Rogue if you’re seeking for anything set in a spatial setting that’s distinct from FTL. An RPG that alternates between a top-down view and a 3D combat simulator, this game is created and distributed by Origin Systems. On a spaceship, you’re part of a team dispatched to investigate a derelict spaceship. In the meantime, your ship is assaulted, and it is up to you what happens next.
13. Spaceship Commander
Spaceship Commander, on the other hand, performs exactly what its name implies. A fully customizable spaceship is at your disposal, but the fun really begins when you adjust your ship based on the combat ahead. A ship can be destroyed, a ship can be boarded, or the ship’s reactor can be sabotaged (which is something a lot of people might go for due to the success of Among Us.) This is a multiplayer-only game, so you’ll need a pal to play with.
14. Star Nomad 2
An open-world sandbox is the setting for the second installment in the Star Nomad series It is up to you to make the right decisions here, and you can have a huge impact on the society around you. The level of immersion in this game is astounding. As a result of internal strife, both supply and demand may be impacted. You can play as a trader, bounty hunter, smuggler, and more; random events make each playing fresh, and both squad and enemy AI are intelligent enough to make it feel like a struggle.
15. Starship Inspector
Try Starship Inspector if you enjoy games where your choices have far-reaching repercussions. If you’re looking at this list for the first time, it’s possible that you’ll find it to be an improvement over FTL: Faster Than Light, despite the fact that the game is only a few months old. It’s clear that FTL has a significant impact on this game, but it’s not the only one. This is a journey across randomly generated galaxies, where you’ll be faced with difficult choices and consequences.
16. The Long Journey Home
It’s possible that The Long Journey Home is the correct choice for you if you’re looking for a similar experience to FTL: Faster Than Light and don’t mind a steep learning curve and a challenge that some have even criticized for taking away from the game at times. As you travel through a stunning world, you’ll encounter aliens that will assign you objectives to do. You run the danger of misunderstanding something because of the cultural differences here. In addition to Mac OS, Windows, and the three major consoles, the game can be played on all three platforms.