After Burner

Critic Score User Score
Sharp X68000
Commodore 64
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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.


After Burner ZX Spectrum Game over
After Burner SEGA Master System Fire!
After Burner FM Towns Oh no...
After Burner MSX Serious dogfighting in stage 10

Alternate Titles

  • "After Burner Complete" -- Japanese and European 32X title
  • "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

VideoGame SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1988 9.2 out of 12 77
Defunct Games SEGA 32X Oct 31, 2004 70 out of 100 70
All Game Guide SEGA Master System 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mega Fun SEGA 32X Jan, 1995 51 out of 100 51
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1989 50 out of 100 50
Power Play SEGA Master System Feb, 1988 5 out of 10 50
1UP! SEGA Master System Oct 29, 2007 25 out of 100 25
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 8 out of 100 8
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 7 out of 100 7


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References to the game

In the movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day, John Connor is shown playing After Burner at the arcade at the mall.


During one of the take-off sequences of the game, you're followed by a small red car. It's the Ferrari from Outrun, another hit arcade game.

ZX Spectrum version

The ZX Spectrum version of the game has the plane firing its cannon constantly throughout and cannot be switched off. This is due to the fire button being used to fire the missiles.


  • Commodore Format
    • January 1991 (Issue 4) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Bad)
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