Ace of Spades Beta 0.26

By: Derek Yu

On: April 15th, 2011

Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades is a team-based online multiplayer deathmatch game that could be adequately described as “Minecraft with rifles”. It pits two teams of up to 16 against each other, with players vying to bring back a briefcase of intel from their opponents’ base to score. What makes the game so fun is the use of constructible/destructible terrain – you can easily build bunkers, trenches, tunnels, bridges, and forts with the provided tools (some clever players are even making decoys using colored blocks). Taking out the bottom blocks of a structure will send the entire thing crumbling down.

Someone put up a guide for Ace of Spades here that explains everything you need to know about playing. To join a game, simply run the installer, go to the game’s website, and click on one of the listed servers. It may take you a while to find one that works (the game will always pop-up a message to tell you if there’s a problem, so be patient).

PROTIP: Hit Ctrl after jumping to jump out of the water, otherwise you won’t make it onto the block. This is in the guide, but I know some of you will want to start playing without reading it too carefully!

  • Robby

    Could adequately be described as “Minecraft but interesting.”

  • Anonymouse

    oooooh sick burn

  • Sean A

    Wow I can't connect to any of the servers, it always said either version mismatch or map transfer fail or server is full or misconfigured.

  • Galaxy613

    Yep, I joined one server awhile ago and played for like 2 hours, but ever sense I haven't been able to connect, or if I have, something with the connection is wonky.

  • Unnormalereugen

    The game doesn't even start on my computer T_T
    I have win 7

  • Hemebond

    Only runs on Windows, unlike Minecraft.

  • Theon

    This game is bloody amazing.
    A new favourite shooter, up there, together with Sauerbraten.

    How come the best multiplayer shooters are free? I own CoD and a bunch of “AAA” FPSs, but they just dust away :/

  • Quaz

    this is amazingly fun already, and can be improved so damn much its not even funny. this game could be AMAZING…

    just made this in multi (north), a little meta game evolved where my allies were defending me as i built from enemies drawn to the image on the map. it was effectively a big trap. dick shaped trap.

    so much potential :D

  • Quaz

    its because the server is probably too far from you (ping is too high)

    you really need to try ALL the servers, i only managed to get two out of 50 to work

  • Permanent

    Anybody got any updates on connection problems? I would love to play just can't connect.
    “Server Connection Failed: it's either full or misconfigured” it says.

  • Zuriki

    Tried every server on the list. 1 worked, I don't even know which because I clicked them all without waiting for the error.

    Upon entering, the game render system didn't work with my graphics card and moments later I was disconnected or kicked.

    Shit game doesn't deserve front-page.

  • anthonyflack

    Pretty harsh judgement for a game you didn't even manage to play. Okay, so it has compatibility issues and server problems that need sorting out. Doesn't necessarily make it a shit game – this is only beta 0.26.

  • Permanent

    Agreed. I don't deny that it might be a good game. But I haven't even been able to play it, therefore it may not be deserving of a front-page.

  • guest

    just because “YOU” dont get to play something you have to play the spoiled brat and act as if one persons trouble or inability to get it working constitutes it not being front page worthy?

  • Snow

    I can't even start on my own server let alone on any other server on win 7. :( Sucks. Oh well… I'll just have to wait for a fix I guess.

  • me

    Make it a non-installer version and the option to make a local server and we have a winner

  • Banana

    can't play this game either

  • Banana

    and I have to reboot to uninstall that server thing I installed… I hate this game

  • Nikica

    The graphics card problems are because you tried another server before you got a message from the last one, be patient. Another problem you could see trying that is people falling down constantly, but that could also be hackers.

  • Matt

    This game is extremely unstable, and I hate installers. When you start playing, it looks like it could be fun in the future… but right now it needs a lot of work. It's fun for a while… once you actually get into a server without an error.

  • Eobet

    Mac version for the love of everything that's holy!!!

  • Luke Cassar

    can't connect… can't connect… CONNECT…. aaaaand kick…

    I REALLY want to play this so looking forward to a “Stability doesn't suck!” news post… until then.. moving on

  • Adam Harries

    No, it runs very well on linux under wine, and apparently on macs under wineskin as well.

  • Zuriki

    If you look, almost every comment in this section says “Can't play” over some issue. The game is too unstable, it's not even at a playable stage yet – therefore doesn't deserve front page.

  • Greg_serg

    i love this game; its going to be huge!

  • Banana


  • Adam Harries

    Once you're into a game it's awesome, easily the best FPS I've played in a long time. There is a real sense of tactics, trying to outflank people, and trying to get into the best defended nests. there are real benefits from high ground, and placement. I've found that hitting people from the side, or at an angle in front is particularly effective, given how it doesn't show where you're being shot from.

    Long story short, it really rewards good tactics over good gun-play. The massive recoil from the rifle means you have to be in a position where you can get a second shot if you miss the first time, and usually that means better placement.

    Unfortunately, it does have atrocious connectivity issues when first accessing servers. I tried to connect to a variety of servers about 200 times last night, and got one game out of it. Once I was in however, I got a good hours play in, before the server crashed.

    In the end, its a really good game, but the server stability and connectivity issues really let it down.

  • Consumatopia

    Hit Ctrl after jumping to jump out of the water, otherwise you won’t make it onto the block. This is in the guide, but I know some of you will want to start playing without reading it too carefully!

    Actually, the guide said “When you fall in water you're slower and you can't jump while moving. To jump out of water, you have to jump and crouching [space + ctrl]“. I wasted a bit of time holding crouch while jumping and not moving and … I don't know, but I never got out so if doing it your way works I wish the guide had said that.

  • Sean A

    I tried every server on the list and didn't connect to any of them, from what I hear it's good but the connection system is really bad and convoluted.

  • Adam Harries

    the connection system is terrible. Apparently that's the main thing the creator's working on though (ie, he's not working on content, just bug-fixing), so it shouldn't be too long to have it fixed.

  • brad newby

    When a game is so unstable that maybe one in fifty servers will work and pretty much everyone has problems with connectivity the it isn't worthy of the front page, at least not yet. Shining the spotlight on a game that is strained by the few players it has won't do anyone any good. It's a good game, but it's just not ready for the lime light, and now everyone is going to remember it as “that minecraft shooter that you can never connect to”.

  • Euthymios

    Since when does [space + ctrl] imply holding ctrl and hitting space? The space is shown as the first key press for a reason.

  • Sean A

    Thank god because I like the idea a lot and it looks like a ton of fun. Anybody know what they wrote the game in?

  • Cauli T

    Cant play the game either (Windows 7)

  • Consumatopia

    It doesn't imply that, but it doesn't imply hitting space then ctrl, either. Out of context, I'd guess it meant pushing space + ctrl at the same time. Which I tried.

    It was ambiguous phrasing. Combine that phrasing with “you can't jump while moving” (so I guess I can jump while crouching?), that gamers usually associate the crouch button with pulling their head down rather than their legs up, and that it sort of makes a superficial sense that one should bend your knees immediately before a jump.

    In addition, I was so excited when the game finally worked that there was no way I was going to alt-tab back to the directions and risk crashing the whole thing. And the directions were formatted in a way that makes it pain to read on my widescreen but in full-color so it would expensive to print out. And the whole extra-button-to-push-to-get-out-of-water mechanic is a bad idea, in any event.

    This game has barely started development and is already super-awesome, but it's got many kinks to work. Among those kinks are an imperfect set of instructions. Which is not that big a deal, just a heads up to anyone else writing directions for their own game–don't do it like this.

  • JTR

    Couldn't get the mediafire download to start.
    Found another link:…

  • guest

    its really important the server has low ping, when you're connecting to a server in australia from NA its obviously not going to work, but you cant tell the server location. thats why you need to try a lot of servers to get one without an error.

    SC1 has the same problem

  • Loserhands

    I'm getting an error trying to connect to my own server, lol.

  • anthonyflack

    It does seem pretty silly to require a convoluted and non-obvious button combo to do something simple like jump out of the water. No twinkie, as professional game not-designer Ernest Adams would say.

  • Loserhands

    Oh god, that was great. This game is worth the hassle of connection.
    The [M]-map is misleading though, it makes the map look gigantic when it is nowhere near that large.

  • smcmp

    Apparently most of the problems in the game come from people who are hosting servers who aren't PORT FORWARDING their routers.

  • fog

    I dunno what you guys are on about, I've only had problems connecting to about 2 servers and gotten into 4 fine. Maybe it's cause I'm using Vista?

  • Tate Paviour

    That really depends upon the person.

  • Noneofyourbusiness

    Great concept for a game, however it really needs to work more on the core engine and compability. As it is, I can't join over half of the servers listed and when I do, I can play about oh 3-5 minutes before I just crash.

  • Adam Harries

    I'm on linux with wine, but I suspect that you're just lucky, given how I have HAD games, but have had trouble connecting to most.

  • Banana

    why is this crap in front page?

  • Sean A

    I just got play a few precious minutes and it was awesome although the iron sights just look like the AK-47 iron sights from COD coloured black

  • Jim

    Ace of Spades?? More like SPACE OF AIDS, AMIRITE GUIZE? LOLOL

  • Wesley Minor

    The potential is off the charts. All I can think about while playing is, “Oh, what if this?” I want to some artillery guns…

  • Mayama

    Crouch-Jump is standart in every FPS game nowadays.

  • Jeye

    because the mainstream thinks creativity is too risky

  • fog

    Well I tried again today (even before the master server went down since it's been out for some hours) and had NO luck after trying server after server for an hour or two. Definitely got lucky yesterday.

  • blunt

    good game, massive potential. It even says on the website that the game is barely ready to be played and the creator put it up just cause it works…… just cuz u cant get a game to work doesnt mean its not front page potential. I never wouldve known of the games existance if it wasnt put up.

  • Benji

    /me is glad this was posted front page, having major connection troubles but the few minutes I've played so far have been completely worth it.

  • Consumatopia

    Aw, really? That sucks.

    Still, “here's a cute trick to let you jump a couple inches higher which lets you get to some obscure bonuses” is different from “here's a trick you absolutely need to know if you ever want to escape water without resetting your connection”. Crouch-jump doesn't belong in a Minecraft-ish world in which all jumps are the same height. It would be like making a Mario Kart game in which snaking were necessary in order to finish the race.

    At the very least, failing to use crouch-jump to get out of water should cause the player to (slowly and vulnerably) hoist themselves out of water.

  • Mayama

    Dunno but for me its part of fps shooters since I guess quake so it was logical to use it if you want to reach places that you cant without it. Look at popular fps games like counterstrike the maps are designed so you need jump/crouch on some places.

  • Consumatopia

    Does CS have the equivalent of the AoS “water” traps –large areas dividing the map that you get stuck in if you don't know about crouch-jumps?

    In any event, while I can see how if you really know the loopholes of FPS hitbox anti-physics it would seem natural, in reality if I can jump high enough that I hit my knees off a platform, I should be able to climb up it. So what was something of a delightful quirk in other games on par with rocket jumping becomes something of a game breaker in a game where all the platforms are the same height apart.

  • Zuriki

    But you're far more likely to just forget about it since you can't actually play it. I know I will. If the game was announced on this site when it was actually ready to play then hell, I'm sure I would have had a ball. As it is though, I will not and I will forget about it.

  • David Sharpe

    Sauerbraten sounds and looks pretty standard. What do you like so much about it that you can't get from say, Unreal Tournament?

  • Alex Ponebshek

    It could be described as “minecraft with the guns mod, only there's only one gun, only one block, and it only runs on windows”.

    I guess if you really love guns *and* can't figure out how to apply a minecraft mod, Ace of Spades is for you!

  • Alex Ponebshek

    I would love to hear how you got it to run on wine. I kept getting that “server is either misconfigured or full” error, until I gave up and played it on vmware.

  • Vania

    I'm not having connection problems but not having any fun either.


    srsly, what kind of gamer doesn't know how to crouch jump? get with it guys

  • Adam Harries

    I use the automatic server browser to keep trying servers for me, (… I get that error a lot too, but just try a different server, and eventually you'll get one that works.

  • Blade

    Forcing the player to crouch jump to get out of the water is pointless. It complicates the gameplay unnecessarily and just feels unpolished. Hopefully future revisions will address that. From a design standpoint, it's hardly a deal-breaker, but it -is- pretty much indefensible.

  • Thefrogmaster

    Wow, awesome game, I like the way it doesn't so much as copy minecraft as it does go back and start again with combat in mind. Obviously, server stuff needs work, but lots of fun to be had. But I do really want proper textures…

  • blunt

    My comp is old and has no probs running it besides the fact that only between 5-10% of the servers work (depending on the time) for me. IMHO its mostly laziness and impaitentness thats stopping people from playing.

    On top of that it just angers me when just cuz someone fails to get somthing to work, they come here and say “wtf take this bs of the front page cuz i cant play it”. Maybe thats just cuz my comp is old and im used to games not working for me.

  • Beau_JC

    I think it has serious potential. I tried to get in, as well without success. I am bummed, but I am excited for future versions!

  • AAA

    Seeing as there's talk of this being Minecraft with a gun mod… I guess the creativity part is debatable?
    A Cynic might say it's using the Minecraft hype to “sell” itself. Just like AAA franchises do with other titles.

    Sure looks like Minecraft, if nothing else.

  • Blha303

    This game gives me a stabbing headache whenever I look down. It's like being drunk!

  • Egor

    At what engine or written language game?

  • billy bob bo

    how can I get this?

  • iTzNightwolf

    I Miss 0.26 It Was Epic Im On 0.76