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Space Ace is great for animation buffs or gamers who enjoyed Dragon's Lair. If that's you, pick up the Space.
My overall advice is to play Dragon's Lair, the true classic, first and then move on to Space Ace if you like it. If you don't, well, you may want to leave Dexter and Kimberly alone.
Get over Space Ace and move on with your lives! Geez! It's the same thing over and over again. The cartridge version were a little bit different, but all the CD-based versions are almost identical, except that the quality of the video varies. The Sega CD version has the worst graphics yet. Undoubtedly, it was a good arcade game and the Sega CD plays pretty much like the arcade version. The graphics aren't as clean as the superior CD-i version; in fact, they look like mud. Fortunately, the sound effects are good. But it all ends up being something you've already seen and heard five hundred times before.
The game would definitely have profited by slower pacing, as players would have more time to enjoy the beautiful animation and take in the quirky, though painfully short story. It would also have helped with the controls, since you basically need to press the right button before the scene requiring your action starts. So if you want to really take in the story and the quirky events, you have no other choice but to learn the entirety of the game by heart. For most, this will probably too much of a chore to be truly enjoyable, and understandably so. Nevertheless, for a FMV game it’s rather entertaining and pleasant to look at. So if you got a good memory and fast reflexes, you might be in for a treat, but then you’d be better off to grab one of the re-releases for the iPhone, Wii or as a downloadable title from the PSN, where you can enjoy the game in its full visual glory and not the reduced pixilated mess the Sega CD has to offer.