Ascendancy Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)

First Download & Install Dosbox on Windows:

Go To: > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\Ascendancy. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Dosbox install program
Ascendancy Windows folder
Next: Open the Games folder then the Ascendancy folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program icon
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the PC game config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS command
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the games config
Next: With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\games\ascendancy
cd ascend~1

Dosbox autoexec mount commands
Save and exit the config file when you are finished.

Now Lets Download the Free Game Ascendancy:

Go To:

Next: Type "Ascendancy" in the game search box in the upper right corner of the main page and press enter.

Abandonia search box
After That: Click on "Ascendancy" in the game search results column.

Abandonia search results
Next: On the page that follows click on the "download this game!" button.

Download button
Finally: Click on the "Get It" button on following page and wait for your browser to give you the option to download and save the file. Click the "Save" button and choose a directory on your hard drive where you would like to save the zip file. Saving to your desktop is usually the default option and is probably the easiest place to save the file for extraction.

Saving the PC game zip file

Now Lets Extract the Ascendancy Game File:

First: Right click on the Ascendancy game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting zip file
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to save the extracted files, select "C:\Games\Ascendancy". When you're done click "Next" again and the files will begin to extract.

Zip extraction program

Ready, Set, Play!

Ascendancy screenshot
Double click on the Dosbox program in the Ascendancy folder and the game Ascendancy will launch, enjoy!

The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


John11 said...

Thank you so much for this. I just had the desire to play this again and I was starting to get worried that I wouldn't be able to.

Glenn Scrima said...

Thanks, have fun enjoying the game again!


Anonymous said...

I love you... this and sid meier's colonization were the pimpin' shit for me when I was growing up.

Now that I'm grown up, colonization still kicks my butt, that's a HARD game, lol.

Thanks for this guide, when I tried to run ascendancy a couple of days ago it corrupted my core windows files and I had to reformat everything. =)

Glenn Scrima said...

No problem enjoy playing this old classic again!


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this, I thought I would never be able to play this game anymore on vista...
One question though: is it possible to run it fullscreen?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi check out this guide on how to run it in full screen. Enjoy the game!


vabese said...

I liked your guide but I had a problem it didn't work on windows 7 for some reason.
do you know wy?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi what part doesn't work? When you run dosbox what does it say?


Anonymous said...

When trying to override a savegame, it says "unable to open file". I'm using Dosbox for psp.

Anonymous said...

It says it cant support fullscreen and it complains twice about that then it shuts down

i have the same problem

Jorge said...

I have been playing Ascendancy with Dosbox .74 but I haven't been able to get sound. Any idea?

Anonymous said...

What a pity that Ascendancy has been removed from Abandonia.

totorugby said...

do you have any other link because the on the website the game is not downloadable anymore?

Thanks for all recommendation,

M4G said...

Hello, and thanks for this guide! I tried it out, and after finding a zip for Ascend on, I extracted everything (29 zip files inside the zip file?), ran DOSBox, and after "cd ascend~1" DOSBox says "unable to change to ascend~1". Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

hi, i tried using ascendancy with d-fend reloaded. but when loading, dosbox merely opens (start screen) and then shuts down without any notice. anybody has any idea why this might be? wondering whetehr there is a problem with the file structure? should one unzip all the sub-files in one directory or keep the strange 29-subfolder structure intact? thanks!