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Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: DOMINATE THE GALAXY :: Read Our Full Review >>

Ascendancy is pretty much the must-have 4X (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) for iOS strategy lovers.

What's New

Species Art Update:

-Improved and increased resolution of species artwork.
-Increased resolution of some buttons.
-Improved management of artwork to reduce stress on memory.
-Improved data loading to speed app startup.
-Improved performance

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App Description

"The definitive hard core strategy experience on the iDevice." - TouchMyApps.com

"Control the universe from the comfort of your iPhone.” [or iPad] “An incredibly satisfying strategy title that just keeps giving and giving. Highly recommended." - Imagine Publishing, KnowYourApps.com

“...an endlessly customizable sci-fi playground.” “Excellent replayability.” - Slide to Play, Jason D’Aprile

“Ascendancy is a true classic in the turn based strategy genre.” - TouchGen, Torbjorn Kamblad


Create and control a space colonizing civilization. Manage your planets, research new technologies, design ships, explore small, medium, or massive galaxies, engage in combat, conduct detailed and nuanced diplomacy, and discover the cosmos. Once your people venture to the stars, they will encounter exotic spacefaring life forms.

Choose to lead any of TWENTY-ONE WILDLY DIFFERENT ALIEN SPECIES. Each one has its own personality, evolutionary history, theme music, and approach to diplomacy. Strange effects abound: each species has its own special powers, and technological advances allow you to bend the rules of the cosmos.

A universal app, just as much fun on your iPhone and iPad for a single purchase. True interactive 4X entertainment designed from the ground up for digital gaming.

Combat in Ascendancy is turn based and occurs within star systems. It ranges from encounters between a few small ships up to large battles between as many as seven species at once, wielding fleets of ships with varying hull sizes and capabilities.

The new technologies the player can discover in Ascendancy allow enormous battleships to maintain a wide variety of devices including weapons, shields, and specialty gizmos that can change the course of a war with a single well-timed activation. The player controls combat: ship movement, firing weapons, raising shields, invading planets, planetary attacks on ships, and setting up combinations of moves so key gizmos can be used at the right time. At any time, the player has the option to activate the autopilot feature and watch combat run on-screen.

Ascendancy offers extensive diplomacy, communications options, and trading between species. Players can win through clever means that go beyond brute force.

Be a diplomat or a warlord. Win by force or by unity. Can you lead your people to Ascendancy?


No in-game ads, no "micro transactions," no non-game popups begging for reviews. Just Play.



The species of Ascendancy are watching. Can you find them on Twitter? They might follow you, too, but nobody on earth has "collected" the full set yet. Maybe you can figure out how to get each of them observing you? If you do find them, you can take a unique link to see their evolutionary stories, which could help.

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App Changes

October 11, 2013 Price Decrease: $6.99 -> $0.99
June 01, 2013 Price Decrease: $6.99 -> $4.99
May 10, 2013 Price Decrease: $6.99 -> $0.99
January 05, 2011 Initial Release