Ace of Spades

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Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades cover
Ben Aksoy
Release dates
Windows April 4, 2011
Ace of Spades on Wikipedia
Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades 2011
Ace of Spades: Battle Builder 2012
Open Spades EA

Key points

Available for free
Low graphics means the game can run on virtually any computer
Small but active player base.
No in-game menus makes configuration difficult
Due to the release of Ace of Spades: Battle Builder, official support for the game has been phased out.

General information

Build and Shoot (Forum concerned with keeping the game alive)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
Downloads for all releases are available.

OS X Port[edit]

User EdwardR of the original Ace of Spades forums created a port of the game available to OS X users.[1] More information can be found here.


Ace of Spades operates differently than most games. The game is only run when commanded to through URL parameters (denoted by aos://), and has no in-game menus. Surprisingly, the game is very versitle and customizable, despite these shortcomings.

To join a server online (and thereby start up the game), a user must first find a link to a server they wish to join. The most accessible and expansive server list can be found on Build and Shoot's website. If the game is installed, simply clicking on the link should automatically boot up the game and have you join the selected server.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]


Game configuration[edit]

Ace of Spades does not have any in-game menus. All configuration is done via INI files located within the installation folder. The following table lists the settings found within the game's configuration file, config.ini. OS X users should right click on the application, select "Show Package Contents," and navigate to drive_C > Ace of Spades to find the config.ini. Open the file with a text editor to reveal the following contents:

Setting Description Accepted variables
name The name that appears when you log in (set during first run)
xres Game resolution in the X (Default: 800)
yres Game resolution in the Y (Default: 600)
vol Volume of game (Default: 10)
inverty Whether or not the mouse controls should be inverted in the Y (Default: Disabled [0])
windowed Allows game to run in windowed mode (Default: Disabled [0])
language Changes language in-game
mouse_sensitivity Allows user to set mouse sensitivity1 (Default: 5.000000)
show_news Whether or not news is displayed when game is run (Default: 1)

1 OS X users should not edit the mouse sensitivity.


Control configuration[edit]

Because Ace of Spades does not have any in-game menus, the only way to change the controls is through the controls.ini configuration file. All controls are entered as keyboard scancodes via hexformat. Use this table for reference. For example, to map a key to W, the hex would be 0x11. The possible key mappings are located below.

Key Default mapping
move_forward 0x11
move_backward 0x1F
move_left 0x1E
move_right 0x20
jump 0x39
crouch 0x1D
sneak 0x2F
sprint 0x2A
view_map 0x32
reload 0x13
cube_color_up 0xC8
cube_color_down 0xD0
cube_color_left 0xCB
cube_color_right 0xCD
cube_color_sample 0x12
quit_game 0x1
save_map 0x3B
volume_up 0x4E
volume_down 0x4E
view_score 0x0F
show_mouse 0x3F
change_team 0x33
change_weapon 0x34
last_weapon 0x10
toggle_graph 0x57


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
No speech
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Games can only be created via server.exe
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 32887
UDP 32887
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

OS X Users Experience Odd Mouse Problems In-Game[edit]

Edit Wineskin settings[citation needed]
  1. Right-click on the Ace of Spades app
  2. Select "Show Package Components"
  3. Open "Wineskin"
  4. Select "Advanced", then "Options"
  5. Check "Focus Follows Mouse"
  6. Select "Tools", then "Winetricks"
  7. Search for "grabfullscreen," and choose "grabfullscreen=y"
  8. Select "Run." The game should now work correctly.


This will not work in windowed mode.

Running Ace of Spades through Steam[edit]

Due to the nature of the game and how it works, running the game through Steam is next to impossible. However, there is one way to get it to work.

Add to Steam[citation needed]
  1. Open your Steam library
  2. Select "+ADD GAME" at the bottom of the screen, then select "Add Non-Steam Game"
  3. Select "Browse" in the new window
  4. Locate the folder in which you installed Ace of Spades
  5. Select "client.exe," and then select "Open"
  6. Click "Add selected programs."
  7. Pick a serverlist, and locate a server which you want to connect to.
    1. Keep in mind, for convenience's sake, it may be best to select a server which you connect to often.
  8. Right-click the link you would normally click to connect to the server, and select "Copy shortcut" or "Copy link address"
  9. Locate "client" within your Steam library; Right click it, and select "Properties"
  10. Rename "client" to Ace of Spades (Or whatever you might want to call it)
  11. Add the server address to the end of the Target, e.g. -aos://1379434439:35887
  12. Select "Close."
  13. Now, starting the game via Steam will make automatically connect you to the server you inserted.


This fix will only show that you are playing Ace of Spades in your Steam friends list. The overlay will not appear in-game.
The only way to get this fix to work is by selecting one server to connect to, and shaping the shortcut around it. It's not necessarily convenient, but it's the only way it'll work.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).