Don Bluth Studios, RDI Video Systems (formerly AMS) and Cinematronics (together known as Magicom) teamed up once again and released another game called Space Ace in October 1983.  This game introduces us to three new characters; Dexter (a.k.a. "Ace"), Kimberly, and Commander Borf.  As the games starts, you are given three different skill level options, "Cadet", "Captain", and "Space Ace".  The "Cadet" version, being the easiest, skips about half of 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.  They also built a large scale tunnel so that a camera could move through it for the dogfight sequence.  Once again, to keep the cost down, they decided not to hire professional voice actors.  Instead they all pitched in and did the voices themselves.  Animator Jeff Etter was the voice of Ace, and 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 Corp. re-released Space Ace as a conversion kit for Dragon's Lair II.  This version is a little different because Leland added diagonal moves to the programming in quite a few places, which makes it a bit harder to play.  Also, there are no skill level options that can shorten the game.

   

   

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.

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