Say hello to the creative shooter. Ace of Spades: Battle Builder is the first-person shooter that lets you create your battleground, destroy it, then create it again. Up to 32 players choose from seven unique classes and jump into team-based, multiplayer mayhem across an endlessly evolving battlefield, to construct, destruct and take out...
Release Date: Dec 12, 2012

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December 16, 2014

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October 28, 2014

Halloween Maps Update



Zombies,

We call on thee this spooky Halloween to unite in three Community made Halloween Maps!

Created by Ace of Spades Mapper "MrDisproportionateResponse" as part of the community run Halloween Map Competition run by the one and only friendly community Zombie Count.

The following three terr-ific maps are available to be played on all official Zombie Mode servers for a limited time during the Halloween period!

Draculas Castle - Steam Workshop


Pumpkin Patch - Steam Workshop


Trick or Treat - Steam Workshop


Get Infected! Launch Ace of Spades Now and find these maps on Official Zombie-Mode servers.

Vote for your favourite Halloween map: Click Here to Vote

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Reviews

"It’s Team Fortress with a spade, Call of Duty with a trowel, Battlefield with a powerdrill."
IGN

“There’s just no equivalent of it in any other FPS game we’ve ever played”
Now Gamer

“The natural successor to the title of King of Lunchbreak LAN”
FPSGURU

About This Game

Say hello to the creative shooter. Ace of Spades: Battle Builder is the first-person shooter that lets you create your battleground, destroy it, then create it again. Up to 32 players choose from seven unique classes and jump into team-based, multiplayer mayhem across an endlessly evolving battlefield, to construct, destruct and take out the opposition.

Key Features

  • CONSTRUCTION, COMBAT AND CREATIVITY - Complete strategic and creative freedom is at your disposal to annihilate the enemy however you like.
  • MULTIPLAYER MAP CREATION - Ace of Spades: Battle Builder includes a map creator mode, which allows you to collaborate with up to 23 friends and make your very own Ace of Spades battleground! Custom tools and over 400 prefabricated structures will help you build the ultimate multiplayer maps, which you can upload and share via Steam Workshop.
  • CUSTOM GAME MODES - Play the way YOU want to play! Host your own match or create your own mode using the wide selection of settings available to you. From fine tuning your favourite mode & classes, to turning TDM into a Spade-only grudge match with predefined teams, as a lobby host you can:
  • Set your lobby to invite only, friends, or open, and also have full control over who joins with the host ‘kick’ function
  • Sort players into specific teams – great for clan matches, or for playing on the same team as your friends
  • Choose the map you want to play, official or player made
  • Set the size of the match, and it’s duration
  • Set up vanilla game modes or tweak them to suit by using an extensive set of customisable game rules

    Tons Of Insane Game Modes

    • Team Deathmatch - The Grandaddy of them all. Kill the enemy; try not to die doing it.
    • Zombie Mode - Survive the onslaught of the living dead. Failing that, join them.
    • Classic CTF – Back to basics, one class, one loadout, the classic rifle. You know what to do.
    • Capture the Flag – No FPS is complete without CTF. Protect your flag, take the enemies’.
    • Demolition - Demolish the enemy’s base before your own is decimated.
    • Diamond Mine - Dig up precious diamonds & defend the diamond carrier as they attempt to cash in their discovery at your team’s base for points.
    • Occupation - A game mode that pits offence against defence. The defensive team must protect their teams based in the green occupied area of the map while the attacking Blue team try to destroy the enemy position by successfully detonating bombs.
    • VIP – Play in 1930’s era Chicago or LA’s Alcatraz and protect your mob boss from the opposing Mafioso.
    • Territory Control - Claim key tactical areas of the map for your team, gain a majority territory control of the map to win, or even better go for glory and take over the entire map!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP with SP3 / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB free
    • Graphics: 800 x 600 Minimum Resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support or better.
    • Video Card: Recommend use of dedicated graphics card (GeForce 6800 GT or higher, Radeon X1600 or higher, Intel Graphics version GMA 4500 or higher with 128 MB of dedicated RAM. Laptop/Mobility cards will vary.
    • DirectX: 9.0
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP with SP3 / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 2.6+ GHz Intel Quad Core Processor or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB free
    • Graphics: 800 x 600 Minimum Resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support or better.
    • Video Card: GeForce GTX460 dedicated graphics card or AMD equivalent
    • DirectX: 9.0
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:OSX version 10.6 or above
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Open GL: Open GL 1.5 Support
    • Graphics: 800 x 600 Minimum Resolution.
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB HD space
    • Graphics Card: Radeon X1600 dedicated RAM, Recommend use of dedicated graphics card
    • Other Requirements:Laptop/Mobility cards will vary
Helpful customer reviews
848 of 981 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,108.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
As someone who has played Ace of Spades for way too long, let me introduce the history of it to you first:

In April 2011, somebody called Ben Aksoy released a pretty decent and free FPS with voxel mechanics called Ace of Spades. This was a game that people mostly played on a randomly-generated map similar to Minecraft's randomly-generated maps (only without the trees, only grass, some rivers and more hills). The default and only gamemode at the time was Capture The Flag. All of these in combination allowed for some fun gameplay that required some strategy. Dig tunnels to capture the enemy's intel, or build a fort to defend your own intel. Every man only had a rifle, spade, grenades and some blocks (unlike most FPSes there were no newby spray-and-pray weapons).

As this game rised in popularity, a certain company called Jagex was interested in purchasing Ace of Spades. As Ben needed some money to keep updating his game, he agreed. At first, Jagex kept this a secret as to not interfere with the growing progress of the game, and its community with all of the mods/maps/gamemodes/scripts that they were producing.

And so the game kept updating, but since Jagex's buyout of the game the direction of Ace of Spades had taken a different turn from the old trench-warfare, stragetical FPS it was to a more typical, faster-paced, almost Call of Duty like FPS (SMGs and Shotguns were added, sprinting added, etc). Coupled with new maps such as Hallway and Pinpoint which abondoned some of Ace of Spades' most important features (Hallway doesn't allow you to build a tunnel underground, people usually battle in a very narrow hallway just a few blocks wide, and it's quite easy to just spawncamp if you're at the top, Pinpoint does not allow any tunnels at all, and the whole map is at the same height), and Ace of Spades became not much more than a free Call of Duty + Minecraft game.

And then without much warning, development on Ace of Spades almost halted. Only 1 new version was made that was a beta and was not approved to be an update to the main version of Ace of Spades. And then Jagex had announced that Ace of Spades was to be scrapped to make way for their version of Ace of Spades, almost a completely new game, pretty much alienating almost all of the current Ace of Spades community at that time. At first Jagex's Ace of Spades had some popularity, but as people realised how much the game just sucked in general (lack of timely updates, bugs and glitches, game-balancing issues, etc), and the fact that the game was made by Jagex itself (Jagex do not really have the best reputation of a game company) led to the downfall of the game. Although there have been a few great updates (Classic CTF update, Map Editor update, KV6 modding update), it still doesn't excuse the lack of timely updates, especially if almost all if not all of them brought along some bad features or some bugs.

The new Ace of Spades turned that CoD aspect all the way up to 11, and added some Team Fortress 2 into the mix (while Team Fortress 2 is a very good game by itself, the way it was implemented wasn't). Stuff like Rocket Launchers, Jetpacks, classes were introduced. While some fun could be had in this new game (especially the '30s Gangster game modes, and Classic CTF), it was mostly just a mess. In a typical Ace of Spades match it would not be suprising for you to be accused of "hacking" and getting votekicked for it, people griefing away every block that you build, a lot of spawncamping (but which since has been reduced with a new update that added and changed spawn positions) and just a lot of kids who play the game in general.

If you really want to buy this game, buy it on a seasonal Steam Sale (Ace of Spades usually, if not always are one of the games that is affected by the sales). Classic CTF (basically what Ace of Spades was before the SMG and Shotgun were added and before the game approached a faster-paced gameplay but with better graphics) and the '30s Gangster game modes (VIP, Territory Control) are really the only modes worth playing, maybe with the occasional normal CTF and Diamond Mine too. You should stay away from playing TDM or Zombies (these are the 2 gamemodes which suck the most, and where most of the kids are at in Ace of Spades).

Otherwise if you're not willing to pay, you can try the classic, free version of Ace of Spades at buildandshoot.com, if you like the same, crappy overplayed maps (Hallway, Pinpoint), spray and pray SMGs, playing with a lot of Brazillians who don't speak a single letter of English and people who need to use aimbots/wallhacks to play well.

TL;DR: Both the Jagex's Ace of Spades and the "classic", free version of Ace of Spades that can be found at Build & Shoot suck, but suprisingly it's the Jagex version that sucks less, because at least it has some kind of variety in gameplay.
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70 of 90 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Got kicked from my own lobby for "hacking"
10/10 would hack again
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109 of 163 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
897.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Thank you Jagex!
With the last update you destroyed a Great game. Leaving Miner and Commando OP and decreased the Sniper a grotesque form, less bullet and ridiculously weak.
I, as a former player get more sad in more than one month without feeling like I'm playing, because as I already said, the game is terrible, my opinion may be the only one, but it validates anyway.
Do not buy.
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33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
140.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
before jagex bought this game = everyone was happy
after jagex bought this game = everyone who bought it lost 12 €
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43 of 61 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Do not buy. A rip off of the original version (which you can still get for free and is still bloody awesome). Server browser is terrible, unless your in the US their isn't any low ping servers. Not a big player base either

2/10
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
This game was awesome, then jagex bought it.
End of story
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117 of 202 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
252.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I bought this game on sale almost two years ago.
I'm kind of 50/50 about it, to be honest. It's what I play for anywhere from 10 minutes to hours at random.

I'll start by naming off the PROS:
  • Fun game to grief play when there's nothing else you'd rather be doing.

  • Goes on sale occasionally for anywhere from $1-$5.

  • Game mechanics are somewhere between Team Fortress 2, Minecraft and Call of Duty.

  • Fun, childish graphics that can run on any crapass computer. (Though I suggest running on a computer with decent specs so that you can set draw distance wide open.)

  • Very small download.

  • After you start playing a better different game, you can hop on AoS for a few minutes to warm up your sniping skills.

  • Fairly active community that loves this game. Also, many people talking online if that's your thing.


Finally, the CONS of this game:
  • As much as I personally hate updates, I believe this game could use more of them. I mean, this game is very small, the maps can be made in-game and take all of 5 seconds to download on a dialup connection. What gives, Jagex? Update this game, have seasonal events, make it fun.

  • Can be somewhat janky if you don't have a pro MLG fiber optic connection at your house, which should built right next door to the DSLAM.

  • Those people that I mentioned that are on in-game chat can often be mildly autistic very spammy, quite hostile and will ragequit if you so much as land a single headshot on them.

  • If you land a headshot on anyone else, even after several clips worth of misses and bodyshots, you're a hacker.

  • You'll get rekt until you have 150+ hours of gameplay invested.

  • When you finally have that much invested, you're a hacker.

  • You WILL be griefed. Just chill out. The griefer will get bored and either leave or get vote kicked.

  • You WILL be votekicked even if you didn't grief or hack. Do not chill out. Demand a refund from Jagex and uninstall this game after leaving a bad and vague review.

That about wraps it up. In my opinion, only buy this game if you see it on sale, unless you are eager to play it. If you'd like to try an old, watered-down piece of ♥♥♥♥ that only people who played this game in beta still prefer a free, older version of this game, then feel free to download Openspades.

EDIT:Jagex did a Halloween 2014 event. Right on, Jagex.

EDIT:It appears that this review may have rekt offended certain people. Please refer to the comment section of this review to voice your concerns on why you disagree with this review. Perhaps I have missed something.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
275.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I put up with this game's rather jarring flaws for about a year or so in the hope that they would be sorted out. But due to the nature of the engine and the fact that there's no such thing as a Cython developer (not a typo!) with 5 years' experience I seriously doubt they will ever get this game out of its constant state of disrepair.

The official streams on Twitch don't happen anymore, the game keeps crashing, the balance needs fixing (I'm talking about how there's no good counter against a Miner, so stop crying about the "noob snipers" or "noobtube" or asking for an SMG buff), and to be blunt everyone's moved to Block 'n' Load so the forums are just filled with Lincent talking out of his shared speech and excretion orrifice saying the same thing over and over again and thinking that he is even remotely funny.

This project has simply not been managed at all ever since Jagex started work on the original AoS (I'm talking around about 0.61, where the updates were starting to slow down horrendously), and it's a miracle they managed to bring some coherence out of what I hear was at release a huge griefing simulator with just about every sense of user content stripped away, user content that was creatable in the original AoS.

And they have constantly farted around with the issue of dedicated servers, trying really hard to slightly misunderstand us every step of the way. Even when they released their "dedicated servers", it was via a Multiplay panel, which was never what we asked for anyway, and having actually used the admin tools I can tell you right now that they are absolutely pathetic - the only redeeming thing really was that they forgot to remove the IRC bot, which is absolutely vital when adminning AoS 0.x. It's just too damn impractical to ban someone properly - you have to download the log file, look up the Steam ID, add it to the banned Steam IDs list, and then RESTART THE SERVER.

That's pretty much what's wrong with it. It's a sad tragedy of what happens when management just outright sucks, and what you end up with is a game that's broken and stays broken and doesn't get updated properly.

There's actually some really good ideas in this, but due to the things I stated in the second paragraph, and the fact that if this ever gets any more updates at all it'll be months before that happens, I cannot recommend this game.

And due to the fact that AoS 0.75 is generally terrible, I can't recommend that, either. Hell, even the AoS I'm writing this review for has a properly balanced SMG that's actually fun to use.

Play Quake instead.
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
At first as i saw this game i was like:
Yay i want this! This looks cool!

After i played it:
Yea its actually not that great.

To the point.
The game is good up to a certain point. And that point doesnt start with the game. It starts with the players. The game itself is very nice and runs smoothly. It functions properly and the controls are easy to understand. The concept of building is easier then in some other 3D games i saw so far especially because these buildingblocks are mostly big structures you can place. The gamemodes are funny and also easy. It can be frustrating sometimes though because the maps are fully destructable. Even though i have to say that you can kill the entire enemy team as a zombie when you go and break the tower below them apart.

Now why would i say i wouldnt like the game that much?
Because of the community of this game.
When you begin to play this game you begin to understand that its normal people, dip♥♥♥♥♥ or 9 year old trolls that think everything stupid is funny that play this game. The first time i played something different then Zombie mode i went on a gamemode where you wouldnt respawn. I dont know the name currently but it wasnt the Zombie mode. Maybe it even was but i havent played the game for a long time so who cares. What happened was that i told this one guy to step out of my way because i was trying to snipe. And he begin to use explosives on me where i took damage from. Maybe it was from the fall to the ground or from the explosions itself but in the end i died from a guy that thought teamkilling is fun. A pure troll in the end that got me to leave to game instantly because i dont like playing with people like that.

In a different game, VIP mode, the entire team went everywhere but noone stayed with the VIP. The VIP who actually ran at the enemy as well and got killed instantly. Its not like the game is telling you in bigass letters that you are the VIP, Nooooooo. [Yes Sarcasm]. Upon asking him wtf he was doing he began to speak russian... I really dont care where people are from. But if you play an international game then speak atleast english. Its not called the World Language for no reason.
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79 of 138 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
call of dutys graphics are really going down hill
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
great uninstall simulator, 11/10, would uninstall again.
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
+ Great Game
+ Good Updates
+ Ideal for some time spending
+ 6th Heaven for amazing builders ;)
- Before it was free to play and not on Steam ;/
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
It was cool and all until Jagex took it and used it as toilet paper.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Quick Summary
No, it isn't simply MineCraft with guns.

Purchase Verdict: Yes

Points of Interest
-Let me preface this by saying I used to play the F2P version of Ace of Spades about four years ago. I came into this game not know how it would have changed, but was happy to see it was still fun, and for anyone else who is an AoS F2P veteran I believe you'll most likely enjoy this game too.

-Community seems to have been growing quiet as of recent, however there are still a decent amount of games avaliable for playing.

-Players can choose a variety of classes and weapons to play how they want.

-Building, unlike in the F2P version, is much more focused around making a quick barrier for cover while under fire or to climb around.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
It was better before it became "Ace of Spades: Battle Builder".
Lobbies were easier to setup and had more people playing. Don't waste your time on this one.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
You just feel horrible while you start to play this game
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Amazing Game. Create> Build > Battle. This is really amazing work from guys that made this amazing game. Their amazing game is also Block'n' Load Too.

It's very simple to play arrow keys to move and LMB AND RMB for planting and firing. This game is in some ways better that Minecraft but in some bad. There's a lot of game mods to play from deathmatch to teamatch. You can play up to 32 players. Demolition mod is pretty funny cause you need to destory enemie's base. Capture the Flag Protect your flag, take the enemie flag. This game is really amazing to play with your friends!

9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
So much lost potential...

No one plays this game anymore. The best example of "appealing to the general public". Ace of Spades (and the new Ace of Spades: Battle Builder that they made to get more people to waste money) was originally an indie game that filled a niche genre of voxel trench warfare.
They ruined it by adding Jetpacks.

If you want a blocky shooter, get Block n' Load. It seems to have been designed to actually be played like CoD.
This was never designed to be CoD, so they tried to make it like that.

And failed.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
For a game that is designed for toasters it doesn't run on my $2000 PC. Very cool.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
It's worth 5 dollars due to the fact it is fun for like 10 minutes.
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