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Form over function: that’s Space Ace nailed in a sentence.
Essentially nothing more than an animated short, chopped-up into 3-5 second segments, your job was to piece it back together using the d-pad and fire button. Simples. Well, not really. Rarely was the transition from segment to segment an intuitive one and the experience resulted in trial-and-error and muscle-memory the likes of which had never been seen before. Sustaining it for the duration of the ‘game’ was a challenge in itself but it was ultimately a short-lived romance.
Space Ace did serve a purpose, however.
Nothing like this level of graphical fidelity had been seen on a home computer before. Back in the day, this was truly jaw-dropping stuff – particularly for friends and family that did’t appreciate the superficiality of the game itself. Want to show off your Atari ST, Amiga or shiny new Sega Mega CD? Just slap on Space Ace and let the intro do the talking.