Having dazzled PC players the hit FTL: Faster Than Light is exploring a new frontier: the iPad.

The real-time strategy game launched on Apple’s iPad week, and it is a tense, thrilling adventure for the tablet.

Fans of the PC game are familiar with the premise of FTL. A spaceship that has to navigate multiple intergalactic approaches to provide is manned by players.

Players tackle FTL out of a top-down standpoint, giving full view of all its components, its crew and the boat to them. Players manage the power of the ship, dispersing it between weapons, shields, medical centers, oxygen, the motors and features. In addition to that, they must watch their weapons and fuel to ensure they’re well equipped before venturing out.

During the trip, players will encounter several challenges which may take them from distress signs to enemy rebels or pirates. This is where FTL becomes really exciting.

Players can pause to evaluate the situation, although ship battles take place in real time. Using weapons such as missiles and burst lasers, players target segments of enemy ships to attack.

Enemies do exactly the same, forcing players to send crew members to a section of the boat to put out fires or battle intruders.

As players progress they can unlock equipment and new ships. This version of FTL also features the Advanced Edition expansion, adding enemies more ships and weapons.

Naturally, with FTL on the iPad, controls are revamped to use the signature display of the tablet. It is a delightful experience. Players tap between tools and team memberssending them off to fix individual weapons channels or medical bays. Power levels are up or down adjusted by straightforward swipes on equipment. It is not perfect when players will need to make changes to the fly, but they can pause to take their time and handle their weapons and crew.

What FTL asserts in its transition from PC to iPad is a gripping adventure. Nothing in the game is than not enemies waiting to finish you off, trusting the next beacon you strike leads for repairs and simply moving a boat. There’s also the joys of shooting down a massive vessel using strategy and sources that are timely. It’s a fantastic addition to the iPad of any owner.

Publisher: Subset Games

Developer: Subset Games

Platform(s): Apple iPad

Cost: $9.99

Rating: 9+

Release Date: April 3

Score: 4 from 4