Space Ace

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Intergalactic hero Space Ace faces off against the evil Commander Borf, who hits him with an Infanto-Ray, turning Ace into an adolescent version of himself called Dexter. Now Ace/Dexter must not only rescue his girlfriend Kimberly but also prevent the destruction of the Earth at the hands of Borf.

Readysoft's version of the laserdisc arcade game Space Ace for 16-bit computers follows the mold of their earlier Dragon's Lair adaptation: only selected scenes from the original game are used, with all the graphics redrawn from the original cel animation to fit the capabilities of the target machines.

As in Dragon's Lair, the game consists of the cartoon movie running by itself, with the player being required to press the right button at the right time (either moving or firing Ace's gun) or see one of many death animations. The original arcade game offered some alternate paths through the game by letting the player choose between playing as Dexter or turning him back into Ace - the computer version is missing this option, and one always plays as Dexter or Ace depending on the scene.


Space Ace Atari ST Borf's base.
Space Ace Atari ST Fine, I asked you nicely, and you wouldn't go away, so now I have to shoot you!
Space Ace Atari ST Grabbed the girl again - Space Ace could get used to this.
Space Ace Amiga ... happily ever after.

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Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1990 74 out of 100 74
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1990 720 out of 1000 72
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Mar, 1990 725 out of 1000 72
The One Amiga Jan, 1990 64 out of 100 64
Zzap! Amiga Mar, 1990 58 out of 100 58
ST Format Atari ST May, 1990 58 out of 100 58
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1990 43 out of 100 43
Power Play Atari ST Jun, 1990 43 out of 100 43
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Feb, 1990 39 out of 100 39
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Nov, 1990 4 out of 12 33


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  • ST Format
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"

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