AGH Jaguar CD Review: SPACE ACE
A coin-op laserdisc game that was released in the arcades
in 1984 and animated by Don Bluth of Disney fame and his staff
(who also did Dragon's Lair), Space Ace
didn't quite measure up in terms of revenue. It was brought out at
a time when the coin-op industry was undergoing a shake-out
phase, and players were abandoning the arcades in droves.
And aside from the cosmetic differences between the game and
Dragon's Lair, the game didn't offer anything new with respect
to interactivity (or lack thereof). Deciding which of the
two is better is basically dependent upon your preference
in the animation and storyline, and in my mind, Space
Ace is clearly the superior of the two.
Space Ace for the Jaguar CD has you in control of Dexter, whose
aim is to rescue the incredibly sexy Kimberly from the Evil
Commander Borf while at the same time trying to regain your
former self (Space Ace) by destroying the Infanto Ray, defeating
Borf and saving the Earth. With his Infanto Ray, Borf has
turned Space Ace into a dorky little dweeb who would have no
chance of capturing Kimberly heart in his wimpy state. Unlike
Dragon's Lair, Space Ace has you journeying in outer space,
where you'll encounter new enemies such as alien creatures and
As was the case in Dragon's Lair, this game is "Myst-like" in its
interactivity. But unlike Myst, which has nothing more than static
screen after static screen, both DL and SA feature full motion
video as the basis of gameplay. The animation is what you'd expect
from a former Disney artist -- incredible. Of course, there's not
much to do in Space Ace other than inputting the correct move (up, down,
left right, and gun) at the right time. Additionally, the fire
button can also transform Dexter into the giant hunk Space Ace in
certain situations whenever the word "energize" appears on the screen.
Timing is critical -- if not everything. Even a split-second delay in
inputting the proper command will lead to one of several humorous
cut-scenes depicting Dexter's demise.
The same strenghts and weaknesses inherent in JagCD Dragon's Lair
is present here. Nothing was left out in the translation, but the
full motion video seems washed out and grainy. The voices and
sound effects aren't as crisp as you'd expect from CD audio.
And play wise, there's nothing else to be accomplished after
If I was forced to choose between Dragon's Lair and Space Ace,
I'd have to go with the latter. Kimberly is far, far sexier
than Daphne in my opinion, and has more of a personality to boot.
Daphne is your typical dumb damsel in distress whereas Kimmie
has a smartass attitude that you've gotta love.
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