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Ace of Spades

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Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades cover
Ben Aksoy
Release dates
Windows April 4, 2011
Monetization Free-to-play
Microtransactions None
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Series Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades on Wikipedia
Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades 2011
Ace of Spades: Battle Builder 2012
Open Spades EA

Ace of Spades was First-person shooter, originally developed by Ben Aksoy. The first of version of the game, Beta 0.1, was released on 4 April 2011, and was available for Microsoft Windows. This version of the game played as a 16-versus-16 team-based first-person shooter with a capture the flag game mode, in which players were to obtain the opposing team's intelligence briefcase and return it to the own team's base. Due its use of voxel-based graphics and emphasis on block-building techniques aside from gunplay, it was quickly labelled as "Minecraft with rifles". The gunplay itself was compared to that of Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45. Ace of Spades was received well, despite its early and unfinished state, and was listed amongst Kotaku's "Best Indie Games of 2011" list and PC Gamer's April 2011 "Best Free PC Games" list. As of November 2012, the beta of Ace of Spades had been installed 2.5 million times and had roughly 550,000 monthly active users.

Key points

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.
Available for free.

OS X Port

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.

Essential improvements


A open source engine reimplementation of the classic Voxlap Ace of Spades, which offers many improvements over original versions of game.
Adds support for modern resolutions, MSAA anti-aliasing, custom FOV and ambient occlusion.
Has built-in server list and options menu.
Performes better than original versions of game.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See BetterSpades.
4K Ultra HD
See BetterSpades.
Field of view (FOV)
See BetterSpades for 70-100° support.
See Game configuration or BetterSpades.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See BetterSpades for up to 16x MSAA support.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See BetterSpades.
60 FPS
See BetterSpades for up to 240 fps support.
120+ FPS
See BetterSpades for up to 240 fps support.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Game configuration

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

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
Royalty free audio


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

OS X Users Experience Odd Mouse Problems In-Game

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

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


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Low graphics means the game can run on virtually any computer.


  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).