>> Tuesday, June 19, 2007
A little addition to the picture gallery with this Space Ace CD-i button provided by CD-i member Thomas. I love little collectibles like this one, like the other 'pins' this is not a very common item. promoting the release of Space Ace on CD-i, this button was attached to the UK edition of CDi magazine Issue 5 in a little plastic packet. I can't remember we've had it here in the Netherlands as well... Along with the Burn:Cycle keyhanger this is the second Philips game being promoted with a little extra like this. After the great pictures I posted yesterday, this should have been within. A little bit of trivia: Did you know this game was originally made in 1983? As you started a new game, you were given the option of different skill levels. "Space Cadet", "Space Captain", and "Space Ace" were your choices. The "Cadet" version, being the easiest, skipped about half of the animation for the game. The "Captain" version gave some more of the animation. The "Ace" version included all the animation on the laser disc.
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 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 Kimmy 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 was a little different because they added diagonal moves in quite a few places which made it a bit harder to play. Also, the "cadet" and "captain" skill levels were dropped so you could only play the "Ace" skill level.
Thanks to Thomas. Trivia bits by The Dragon's Lair Project.