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Reviewed September 17th, 1999 by Staff


Space Ace, just like it's predecessor Dragon's Lair puts you into an actual animated movie. In the arcades, both “games” were state of the art (using laser disc technology). Director Don Bluth and Rick Dyer do it again. Don Bluth is an ex-Disney animator and went on to direct film classics like the Secret Of NIMH and An American Tail. Digital Leisure did a wonderful job on the disc - allowing us to relive one of the most revolutionary games of the 80's.

This time around you play Ace who has been shot with an “infanto” ray making him turn into a young boy named Dexter. The object of the game is simple: save your girlfriend Kim and defeat the evil Borf (an ugly blue guy). Using your DVD remote (or mouse), you use the arrow keys and the enter button to move Ace/Dexter around, fire your gun or energize yourself. Make the wrong move and of course you're toast.

The video is presented in full screen, which was the same way as the arcade. The image is strong, but you can definitely tell this was 80's animation and not the more realistic animation of the latter 90's.

Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 and works very well. The soundtrack was never very active, but the use of the surrounds will really put you into the action.

The disc also includes a short section featuring four old interviews discussing how and just why they made the game. Also included are trailers for Dragon's Lair, Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp and A Fork In The Tale. One of the best extra features is the ability to watch the entire game run through itself (about 8 minutes). Another feature allows you to set a 2 second pause to give you more time to make your moves - helpful because this game is FAST.

Not rated. Highly recommended.


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