**War of Shadows Expansion Now Available!**
A new darkness seeps into New Vigil from the Void, intent on restoring despair and desolation to a world that has forgotten it.
The four factions recall their veteran heroes and reawaken the great war machines of the past, as they plan their first in the chaotic ebb and flow of light and dark.
The War of Shadows has begun!

* New dual-cost Heroes and Constructs require players to use both resources to acquire them, but have incredible power!
* As the balance between Light and Dark shifts, cards gain additional powers depending on whether it’s Night or Day!
* Playable as a stand-alone 1-4 player game, or combine with other Ascension games!
Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, is the first officially licensed deck building card game for iOS. Play alone or with friends to battle against the Fallen One for honor and victory. Conceived and designed by three Magic: The Gathering tournament champions, Ascension will provide hours of engaging and strategic game play for enthusiast and experienced gamers alike.
2011 Golden Geek award winner (Best Mobile/Handheld Game)
Pocket Gamer Bronze Award 2011
Dice Tower Awards Awards: Best Digital Boardgame
iOS Board Game of the Year -2011
iPad Boardgame of the Year - 2011
Best Interface and Graphic Design - 2011 
Best Online Multiplayer - 2011
• Universal Application: Play on iPhone, iPod, iPad, iPad Mini, and iPad Air running iOS 5 and up for free.
• 1st officially licensed deck building game for iPhone and iPad.
• Full asynchronous support for multiplayer online games.
• Play against multiple A.I. opponents using varied strategies.
• Introductory tutorial to teach you how to play.
• Enhanced visual optimization for iPhones and iPads using high resolution graphics designed for the retina display

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What's New

Version 1.13.1

Fixed an issue where effects that referenced a card's cost weren't handling dual cost cards correctly.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

98 Ratings

98 Ratings

Amazing with 1 major game breaking big


I have owned this game for years. I've never played the table version because I wanted to get all the expansions and be able to play with friends at parties and what not. Now so far this game has been perfect. Well almost perfect at least. This bug has been in this game since the start. It doesn't happen often but basically I call it the "Oh my god there are too many cards and stuff on the field I need to end the game bug." It happens when you get a streak going with cards. I'm very good at playing this game and every so often I get into a never ending loop. It's actually what I strive for in every game. My goal is to hit this never ending loop. However when you get to that point the game can't handle it. It just crashes the game. I've had games where I've been in the middle of my streak and ended up not being able to play because the game can't handle it. So it crashes and sometimes it reboots up a couple hands earlier (same turn). Also it's impossible to copy cards when you have 300 or more on the field. It becomes impossible to plan your turn out. I have to press play all and it can really mess up my streak. Anyway other than that the game is great I LOVE IT. It would be wonderful if you fix the game a bit. Maybe have a way to scroll through the cards on the field so I can read effects and stuff. Please fix it.

Marred by mired AI


The card game Ascension is s pretty solid game. It has wonderful synergy between cards and a mechanic that is quick paced and has a good amount of strategic deck building. The gameplay drawback is its ridiculous randomness, particularly when you purchase expansions. At times these expansion sets are reminiscent of playing Chutes and Ladders or Candy Land since you can randomly gain free cards by the dozen. That said, if you are selective with which expansions you buy the game is better balanced. Check board game geek to see which ones are ideal.

The real issue with this isn't the gameplay. It's the slowdown. If the AI gets certain cards, too many cards in hand, or too many cards interacting with each other on the table it grinds to a halt. I've sat and stared for a minute or two waiting for the computer to slog through placing a few cards on the table. In a game where turns last an average of 10 seconds this is truly unforgivable, especially on an iPhone 6. A game as streamlined as Ascension shouldn't consist of 20 minutes staring at nothing and 3 minutes playing. Give this one a pass until playdek does something about the terrible slowdown.

One year later and the game runs just as slow. Still not worth the time it takes to get through a slogged game.

Great game with expansions installed, but flawed AI


In its free vanilla setup, the game is only ok and gets old quickly. What you can do is severely limited by what cards are available on your turn, and it feels like how you perform is completely dictated by pure luck.

With the $5 expansion bundle pack (which includes the first three expansion sets as well as the first three promo card packs), your options open up immensely, and your ability to chain combos and maximize your cards' use, instead of pure luck, will often determine whether you win or lose. The $5 bundle pack is absolutely necessary and completely worth it if you want to get the maximum enjoyment out of this game.

The problem -- and the reason why I knocked off one star -- is that, with the expansion packs installed, the AI gets a serious case of "analysis paralysis." Playing against three AI opponents at high difficulty settings, it's not uncommon to have to wait 3-4 minutes before it's my turn again. The AI routines need some serious overhaul and optimization. The upside is that the AI provides a good amount of challenge, and forced me to get good with chaining combos before I could beat them.

Still, the slow AI keeps me from making additional purchases of expansion packs. New sets of options to consider can only add to AI's analysis paralysis, and it just does not seem worth it. (Hear that, devs? Your inefficient AI routines are keeping customers like me from making additional purchases! Fix it!)


Asmodee Digital
216.6 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
© Playdek 2011, Gary Games 2011
In-App Purchases
  1. Return of the Fallen expansion $1.99
  2. Storm of Souls expansion $2.99
  3. Bundle 1 $4.99


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