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...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (11,932 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 12, 2012

Sign in to add this game to your wishlist or mark as not interested

Buy Ace of Spades: Battle Builder

Buy Ace of Spades: Battle Builder 4-Pack

 

Recommended By Curators

"A pretty decent FPS that won't bust your wallet, not overly active but some good fun can still be had. And building maps is pretty fun as well."

Recent updates View all (31)

October 28

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

33 comments Read more

September 2

Modding Update & More!

Update Highlights
  • Ability to mod KV6 weapon & class skins
  • Vote kick improvements
  • Auto-balance adjustment to allow flexibility to join the same team when playing with friends in public matches
  • A lot of balancing changes throughout the game as requested by the community, including a nerf to the overall Marksman class & a buff to the Engineer class.
  • Map improvements
  • Menu improvements
  • Reintroduction of the colour palette throughout the game

    Modding
    Restrictions on KV6 modding have been lifted & so modifying your local weapon and class appearance is now possible. The only limit is the maximum dimensions: x = 48; y = 68; z = 38.
    The official guide to modding can be found here.

    Vote Kick Improvements
    • Kicks can no longer be initiated if the target player is in a team with 2 or less players.
    • Spectators can no longer initiate a vote kick.
    • If the kicker is on the opposite team to the target player, the kicker’s vote is no longer counted.
    • The pass threshold for a vote now takes into account half of the players in the team, rather than the entire game.
    • Vote kicks are now anonymous.

    Known Issues
    • There are a few cases where your name will be revealed rather than remaining anonymous

    Balancing Notes
    • The Pickaxe has had its player damage reduced.
    • The Pickaxe is also less powerful against blocks.
    • The Pickaxe now swings slower.
    • The Combat knife has had its damage dramatically increased.
    • The Combat knife is now slower.
    • Pistol headshot damage has been slightly reduced.
    • The shoot interval of a Pistol has been increased.
    • The recoil on a pistol has been significantly increased.
    • The Pistol has had its range reduced.
    • The Triple Barrelled RPG now has a larger blast radius.
    • The Triple Barrelled RPG now does twice as much block damage.
    • The Triple Barrelled RPG now deals slightly less damage to players
    • Regular grenades now deal higher damage to blocks.
    • The Bolt-action sniper has had its maximum ammo reduced to 7.
    • The Semi-Auto rifle has had its maximum ammo reduced to 15.
    • The regular RPG now causes less damage to blocks.
    • The pistol now has a slightly slower reload speed.
    • The Marksman can now fall a maximum of 30 blocks before death from full health.
    • The Marksman and Commando have had their speeds slightly reduced.
    • The Engineer’s speed has been slightly increased.
    • The Miner now starts with 0 blocks.
    • The Commando’s Shovel now digs at a slower rate.
    • Dynamite now has a maximum ammo of 1.
    • Dynamite now does more damage to player-placed blocks.
    • Dynamite now has an expanded blast radius.
    • Reduced the Torso damage of the Semi-Automatic Sniper.
    • Slightly reduced the Arms Damage of the Semi-Automatic Sniper.
    • Slightly reduced the Legs Damage of the Semi-Automatic Sniper.
    • Slightly reduced the Headshot Damage of the Semi-Automatic Sniper to balance it more with regards to the Bolt-Action Sniper.
    • Slightly increased the shoot interval of the Semi-Automatic Sniper.
    • Slightly increased the speed of the Crowbar.
    • The Commando now has access to the Fort Wall prefab.
    • The Scout now as access to the Caltrop prefab.
    • The Engineer now has access to the Bridge prefab.
    • The Engineer now has access to the “Super Pole” prefab.
    • The Pickaxe has been removed from the Miner’s loadout.
    • The Pistol now recoils upwards.
    • The Prefab lag should have been reduced.

We hope you enjoy this update as well as the recent dedicated servers update, and that it allows you to create even more amazing things!

Ace of Spades Team

42 comments Read more

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
119 of 138 people (86%) found this review helpful
1,108.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
54 of 68 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
A very mediocre game.
Build and Shoot (the original version) is better.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
42 of 57 people (74%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
When i played beta or alpha it was great but now is only piece of ♥♥♥♥.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
28 of 39 people (72%) found this review helpful
890.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
25 of 42 people (60%) found this review helpful
250.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No
12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Wow this game is bad, it is like an attempt to merge minecraft with some sort of battle game and not done very well.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Guys go open your chrome and type "BUILDANDSHOOT" for something that IS NOT a warm peice of sh#% that you made 5 minutes ago. Some people hate this game soo much they made a group to express how bad this newer Ace of spades is and to promote the original Ace of spades. This is not the first time how a shi#%y company bought a free to play game and crushed it into some amazing food and then sh#% it out about 15 minutes later and put it in the mouth of a marketing agent to make something that is sh#% into the amazing food for us to consume. One of the brothers of this event is Realm of the mad god. Some of the comsumers can think of it as Mcdonlds in a way, You look at the asvertisements and you say " That looks good It says it was made with some good ingretidents it must be good". Then when you start to eat it you are disgusted of what you payed for. Don`t take my word of how bad this look at the reviews of this game. GOOD DAY!!111!!!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
When I got this game, it was good. But I pretty much forgot about it for a while, and when I got back, ♥♥♥♥. Holy ♥♥♥♥. PILES OF ♥♥♥♥ WITH A JAGEX LOGO. Building things is useless now when all the strategy needed is to snipe across the map, and griefers will blow your base up if you try to make one.

COD and Minecraft had an autistic child and named it Ace Of Spades. Don't buy.

-53.7/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
literally ebola in a video game
Was this review helpful? Yes No
6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Doesnt launch anymore for some stupid reason. ♥♥♥ yo ♥♥♥♥ty game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
14 of 26 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
call of dutys graphics are really going down hill
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Ace of Spades : Battle Builder is a well build game that uses a bock art style with combat gameplay, there is a large variety of game modes including 'Zombie', 'Capture the Flag', 'Classic CTF' as well as many more gamemodes. The Gun play is well build, most of the wepons have very different trades, only a few times did i fell like the match was uneven when there are one or two more players on the other side. If you find this to then a gamemode that would suit you is 'Classic CTF', there is only one class which is based around a ww2 feeling, this gamemode is for players who like to use a bit more skill in there kills. Overall I would recommend this game to anyone who is tired of the classic shooters and wants a strange twist to the combat genre.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Nekem tetszik . 7/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
god
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Help every time i join a serve in Ace of Spades Battle Builder it crashes i am mad because i recently bought it put could not play it sucks please help
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Recommend? It is what it is. If you think you'll like it then you probably will. It's not a bad game.

The gameplay is alright if a bit fast. There are only four classes and they're somewhat generic (commando, sniper, engineer, miner). The biggest draw has to be the destroyable terrain but it honestly doesn't come up so much. The problem is that digging under your enemy to catch them from behind might work once or twice -- or all map, maybe -- but the maps are so large that it takes a very long time to do so, effectively nullifying any benefit you would gain from it. Additionally, because the maps are so large the game favors the sniper class a bit heavily.

Of course there is a map maker so if you don't want huge maps then by all means make or play on smaller ones. The trouble there is that structures cease looking like structures due to limited size, but whatever.

Zombie mode is fun.

For an indie game I think the servers are quite lively (as of a few minutes ago there were about 20/30 fairly full servers).

The main problem is I don't know how it compares to other minecraft-esque shooters at the moment. Right now I think I would prefer to find a group of people and play a minecraft mod that adds guns rather than this.

Still, not a bad game, if you think it'll interest you then check it out. Just prepare to be disappointed by the building-related aspects. Still, you can pull off some cool things if you're interested in doing that and not getting the best kills per time ratio (or whatever).
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Great game !
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
44.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
ace of spades is a game that has stayed in my library since it was first recommend by my friend, winkleden, and why is it a good game? well first off its multiplayer (and theres no singleplayer) is awesome with is building and 4 classes i can say that this is a title you want to get and play with your friends for a long time trust me :)
Was this review helpful? Yes No