24
Dec
spaceacetiny

Don Bluth... What happened? You had such a good run. You made film history by actually giving Disney a run for it's money with Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, and The Land Before Time. They were classics! But then Rock-A-Doodle happened. Then Thumbelina. Then...lord forgive me for speaking it's name...A Troll in Central Park. The decline was quick and painful. Before the movies started getting weird, though, Dragon's Lair came out and revolutionized the laser disc gaming industry (no seriously). While that title actually saw some initial success due to the unique tech (and notably high price point at $0.50 per play), the follow-up game, Space Ace, did not do nearly as well. That was nearly three decades ago, though. If you want to give it a go for  yourself, now you can! And it will only cost you $5.

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Yes, following the Dragon's Lair Android port, Digital Leisure has released Space Ace. The title has been remastered from the original hand-drawn film and adapted for touch-based controls. It's even been made compatible with Android 1.6 and up, phone and tablets included. It's pretty impressive as far as ports go. And, who knows? Perhaps gameplay will be better on Android than on laserdisc.

Then again, after watching this video with poor dubbing, weird voice acting, and a villain wielding the—and I'm not kidding here—Infant-o-ray, a gun that turns the hero into a younger version of himself, I'm not exactly optimistic. The game costs $5, if you'd like to give it a shot. We'd recommend being on WiFi for the download.

As a side note to Don Bluth: I love your work. I really do. Your films are classics and you did some innovative things back in the day that filmmaking in general has benefited from. And if you need to sign off on these ports to make money, then by all means. Just, make sure they take your name off them. You deserve better. This feels a bit like seeing Abe Vigoda in Good Burger.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Lord_Data

    Are you suggesting that Good Burger wasn't a masterpiece of modern cinema? For shame.

  • Brian Walker

    We had this Laserdisc when I was a kid, and would watch it like a movie all the time. It was weird because after every main scene, you got a few clips of how Dexter would have died if you didn't time it right. Even if the game is mediocre, I'm really tempted to buy this just for nostalgia.

  • Andy_in_Indy

    Don Bluth worked for Disney.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      And then Don Bluth left Disney. It was a whole big thing.

  • donttrollmepeople

    sorry to be off topic... but i cant remember the name. what was the name of that mmo geo caching game thats doing the beta invites? yall talked about it in a podcast a few weeks ago.

  • Falconator

    Once Dragons Lair 2 is released that is when I'll make the purchase. That was the best one IMO and I wasted so much money on it. It was worth it though.

  • Laser Dick

    Wonder if the Infant-o-ray works on the females??? Just set it to bring that female character down to 18. But really, I wonder if they could ever match the great audio quality that Laserdisks had. Some technology does not improve with age...

  • http://twitter.com/RicoWorldPeace Rico World Peace

    I had to download and its pretty good. Just as much fun as I remember. Kimmy!

  • apgrovas

    I really have never understood why Space Ace received, and continues to receive so little love. I absolutely adored the game back when it came out (Yes, I AM that old :-) ) and spent far, far too many quarters playing it. My local arcade had both Dragon's Lair and Space Ace machines and I ended up spending far more time on the Space Ace machine, so, while I may be one of a rather small minority, when I saw that Dragon's Lair was being released for Android the only thing I thought was "please, pleaaaaase have Space Ace be in the way as well" I am one happy camper today :-)

  • Williams Alexander Aguilar

    Damn, I never knew who the created of all this amazing movies was ( The Secret of NIMH (1982),An American Tail (1986), The Land Before Time (1988), All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), and Anastasia (1997)) Always thought it was Disney :)

  • primalxconvoy

    For me, the best way to " play" this " game" is to just watch it on YouTube and press buttons on a gamepad completely unconnected to your phone. This way is free and also works for Final Fantasy games too.

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    Is this a video game of 2012-13 or a 1980s Saturday morning cartoon? I love nostagia in my video games, but this is hitting a little close to home.