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Release: Apr 2016
Reviewed on: PC

Ascent – The Space Game

Site Score
Good: Player driven persistent universe – Available activities – Flying mechanics
Bad: Few too many small bugs
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Ascent – The Space Game is a PvE sandbox title that uses space and over 200 billion star systems as the foundation of your experience. Set after the vast human empire has crumbled it’s time to build a new civilisation and rekindle the human drive for exploration.


In addition to exploration players will construct, colonise, research, mine, trade, farm and partake in combat. Starting in the Apollo tutorial Sector which consists of 9 planets everything outside of this area is player crated. creating a true sandbox experience. This means things like colonies, starbases and even the important jump gates have all been placed around player activity.

Regardless of the path you decide to take you’ll find an impressive number of underlying mechanics to keep you engaged and help replicate that feeling of being within a realistic universe. On the exploration side you’ve got the aforementioned billions of star systems that each come with unique concentration of minerals and agricultural value.

Finding planets full of wealth can then allow players to make a tiny fortune by farming and mining for the resources and trading them in the NPC or player markets for game currency. Those that would prefer to do their resource gathering in space can opt the alternative of asteroid mining or extract gas from the large gas giant planets.


All of these provide a solid foundation to explore more of the game has to offer such as the customised personal starbases, researching, combat, government and smuggling. For those that want more direction a dynamic NPC mission system will ensure you have a healthy supply of of combat, trade, transport and salvage missions to accept.

For sandbox experiences set in space Ascent – The Space Game holds its own against the big players in the genre with great depth to mechanics and a focus on building and research that similar titles don’t offer.


  • PvE focused sandbox experience set in space.
  • Mine and farm resources from planets.
  • Research new technology for ships and buildings.
  • Establish your own custom space base.
  • Explore a massive universe created by the players.

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Ascent - The Space Game, 7.3 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
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