Readers Choice Game of the Year 2014: FTL for iPad

By Owen Faraday 19 Dec 2014 0
There's just enough air left in this compartment to give FTL this award before we all asphyxiate. There's just enough air left in this compartment to give FTL this award before we all asphyxiate.


After four days of voting, we have our winner for Readers' Choice GOTY: Subset's marvellous port of FTL, which is a damned fine choice. What a suave, discerning, and (undoubtedly) physically attractive set of ladies and gentlemen you all are.

We've actually got an editors' choice award coming for FTL a bit later today, so I won't write a vast amount here but I can only agree FTL for iPad is one of the year's standout releases. We don't tend to give all that much side-eye to moderate-effort PC-to-mobile ports around here. I really appreciate it when big crunchy PC games make their way to my tablet, and I'm sure that predisposes me to overlook a little UI wonkiness that I'd typically scowl at in a native game.




FTL requires no such indulgences. It took its sweet time coming to iPad, but once we saw it in motion it became obvious why that was the case: every single element of the game's interface had been thoughtfully redesigned from the bulkheads up for touch. If you hadn't been aware of the game's PC roots, you might never have discerned them from playing the iPad edition. This sounds like hyperbole but it ain't: FTL is the new gold standard for PC-to-mobile ports, a master-crafted wonder.

And all of that praise leaves aside the game itself, which is delightful and original and almost infinitely replayable. But I'll leave Kelsey to tell you all about that when we foist another award upon FTL later today.

Runner-up: XCOM: Enemy Within

 
To see all of the games recognised in the Pocket Tactics Best of 2014 Awards, visit the 2014 Awards Index page.
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