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After Burner is an aircraft shooter. The goal is simple: use your F-14 Tomcat and shoot as many enemies as you can. This aircraft has two weapons: lock-on missiles and Vulcan cannons (basically machine guns). In some versions there is an option to let the cannons shoot automatically all the time.

The game is viewed from behind the plane with you fighting wave after wave of enemy fighters. But at heart it offers the usual shooter mechanics, meaning you spend most of your time dodging and shooting. Sometimes you come across a friendly supply plane and if you dock with it you can replenish your missiles.

The SEGA Master System adds a boss fight at the very end. Despite being called After Burner, all other console / computer ports are based on After Burner II.


After Burner SEGA Master System Crash and Burn
After Burner Arcade Title screen
After Burner SEGA Master System Title Screen
After Burner SEGA Master System Hit by missile

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Alternate Titles

  • "アフターバーナー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Good standalone title, bad arcade conversion. SEGA Master System Ash_1 (55)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Mar, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Génération 4 SEGA Master System Jul, 1988 81 out of 100 81
VideoGame SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Commodore User Arcade Oct, 1987 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
All Game Guide SEGA Master System 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Games Preview SEGA Master System Aug, 1989 45 out of 100 45
The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Mar 13, 2004 D 25
1UP! SEGA Master System Oct 29, 2007 25 out of 100 25
IMPLANTgames SEGA Master System Oct 09, 2009 2 out of 10 20


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