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Fed up playing according to the rules? Here's the cheats. Please remember that these are cheats and MAY occasionaly crash your game. Just wince, and reboot your computer and play again!

To enable cheats you must create a file called NOUGAT.LF in your Ascendancy directory. It doesn't matter whats in the file, just that it exists. DO NOT use Win95 notepad to create this file (choose START, RUN, EDIT C:\ASCEND\NOUGAT.LF - to use the dos editor instead). Simply enabling the cheats gives you some special information when you place the cursor over a ship. It tells you POWER, MOVES, and INTEGRITY.

  • Play as other species: on the main starmap screen hit 1 through 7 to select species. The numbers one through seven correspond to the order of the races in the game, with the race you started the game with as #1. Please note that sometimes the artwork does not match (such as the wrong ship artwork on the shipbuilding screens), don't panic - it's OK.
  • See everything: on the main starmap screen hit 8 will allow you to see everything everyone else can see
  • Steal technology: on the main starmap screen hit ALT E. It will cause you to steal knowledge from other races each turn. Hit it again to turn it off.
  • Maximum population: on the planet screen hit O. It will fill you up to maximum population.
  • Finish project: on the planet screen hit I. It will complete your current project. (You may need to hit it more than once for very big projects like ships.)
  • Complete current research: on the research screen hitting C. It will complete the current research project. (After hitting C sweep your mouse over one of the circles in the research tree to update the screen.)
  • Learn EVERYTHING: on the research screen hit D. It will cause you to learn EVERYTHING! (After hitting D sweep your mouse over one of the circles in the research tree to update the screen.)
  • Create colony: on the planet screen hit T. It will create a colony, used in conjunction with R (see next cheat) you can take over unoccupied worlds.
  • Take over planet: on the planet screen hit R. It will make the planet yours! This allows you to take over occupied worlds.
  • Increase Maximum Population: on the planet screen hit shift-M. You'll get an extra population slot for each time you hit that key combination. (Thanks Yarrow!)
  • Your coordinates: hit Alt-D will provide you with coordinates (x,y).
  • Useless internal data: hit Alt-W will bring up a display window for various internal data. Anyone making sense of these, please let me know.

  • Note: The cheats below can cause the game to think you have won. In order to prevent this, you must build something (or perform any task) before going to the next day.
  • All stars explored: on the main starmap screen hit S. It will show all stars as explored, so that you may view their planets.
  • All starlanes exposed: on the main starmap screen hit L. It will reveal all star lanes.
  • State of the Galaxy: on the main starmap screen hit C. It will display information about the state of the galaxy (useful).

  • Other handy things

  • Screenshot: ALT G takes a gif screen shot and saves it in your ascend directory. Please note that the mouse will move, but nothing will work until the picture is created. Also note that if you restart your game, the next screenshots you make will overwrite the previous ones. Save them elsewhere before you take more screenshots!
  • Let the game play itself: create a file called FLASH.POP in your Ascendancy directory - then start a game and hit the continuous advance button. The game will play itself until it finishes or crashes (very likely to eventually crash but only after four hours or more. It should run fine for normal lengths of time.)
  • The Xeno Dig bug: Invade a planet that has at least 10 outposts constructed on it. (Since the AI likes to build those outposts, this shouldn't be a problem.) Immediately build a Lush Growth Bomb. (If you don't have this tech yet, this won't work.) After the Lush Growth Bomb is completed, delete 10 outposts. After you do this, you will recieve credit for a Xeno Dig (and thus a new bit of research) on your next turn.