Don Bluth Studios, RDI Video Systems (formerly AMS), and Cinematronics (together known as Magicom) teamed up once again and released Space Ace in early 1984, with animation completed in late 1983. This game introduces us to Dexter (a.k.a. "Ace"), Kimberly, and Commander Borf. As the game starts, you are given three different skill level options, "Cadet", "Captain", and "Space Ace". The "Cadet" version, being the easiest, skips about half the scenes of the game. The "Captain" version adds a couple more scenes, and the "Space Ace" version includes all the scenes on the laserdisc.

For the animation of Space Ace, models were made of Ace's starship and his motorcycle. They were then filmed, traced over, and painted. A large-scale tunnel was also built so that a camera could move through it for the dogfight sequence. Once again, to keep costs down, some of the staff provided their own voices. Animator Jeff Etter was the voice of Ace, storyman/animator Will Finn was the voice of Dexter, animator Lorna Pomeroy (wife of co-producer John Pomeroy) was the voice of Kimberly, and Don Bluth was the voice of Borf. The narrator was Michael Rye, and the musical score was created by Christopher Stone.

In 1991, the Leland Corporation rereleased Space Ace as a conversion kit for Dragon's Lair II. That version is a little different because Leland programmed diagonal move requirements in quite a few places, which makes it harder to play. Also, there are no skill level options.



Audio & Video files - Samples of the laserdisc content.
Cabinet Images - Pictures of the arcade game.
Flyer Images - Promotional material provided to game operators.
Artwork - Model Sheets, Storyboards, Sketches, Cels, and Promotional material.
Easter Eggs - See some of the things the programmers/animators left in the game.
The Creators - Pictures and info of the men who created Space Ace.
Merchandise - Game-inspired retail products.
Ruby-Spears Cartoons - The Saturday morning TV adaptation of Space Ace.
Tech Center - Information on the technical aspects of the game.

Which one of these game settings is not available with the original Space Ace arcade game? (USA 1984)

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