Ace of Spades is an online multiplayer First-Person Shooter with destructible, modifiable voxel-based terrain. To sum it up simply, it's what you might get if you were to cross Team Fortress 2's class-based action and color coded teams with Minecraft's building blocks and boxy character models.Originally a simple freeware game, the Ace of Spades IP was bought out by Jagex (of RuneScape fame) in 2012. The game's creator was supposedly a Jagex employee and still involved in development at one point, but for reasons that are none too clear he seems to have moved on to other things. Jagex' version of the game offers new graphics and quite different game-play, and is now available through Steam for about $10.The original, pre-Jagex version of the game is still legally available — and still free. It also seems to have a playerbase as large as, or even larger than, the Jagex version. Because Jagex now owns the name Ace of Spades, the community supporting the original version of the game has been named Build and Shoot, and the pre-Jagex version of the game can be downloaded freely from their site.The Jagex version's official website is located here.In the original, freeware version, the game takes place on a large map, which may be randomly generated or selected from a range of fan-made arenas. You play as a member of one of two teams, with the choice of weapons between a rifle, a sub-machine gun or a shotgun. Your other equipment consists of a spade (for removing and acquiring blocks — and melee combat), 50 blocks (for building), and three grenades. The point of the game is usually to capture the enemy's intelligence a certain number of times (though several other game modes are also available). Both digging tunnels and building structures for cover will aid you in this goal. You may freely change the color of the blocks you place. A popular strategy is to build a foxhole in the side of a hill, using the same color blocks as the hill, and snipe from it with a rifle.On Valentine's Day, 2013, the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" DLC was released for the Jagex version of the game. This adds a new class only playable in two new gamemodes, with its own weapons. It also added new maps to go along with those gamemodes, a Chicago map and an Alcatraz map.
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