After Burner

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SEGA 32X
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Arcade
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3.5
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Description

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.

Screenshots

After Burner Atari ST Title screen
After Burner MSX Ready for take off
After Burner FM Towns Main menu
After Burner Atari ST Game over

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

Sega-16.com SEGA 32X Aug 08, 2005 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1988 9.2 out of 12 77
Game Freaks 365 NES 2005 7.6 out of 10 76
Sega Force SEGA 32X 1995 72 out of 100 72
GamesCollection SEGA Master System Nov 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gamers (Germany) SEGA 32X Feb, 1995 6 out of 15 40
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1992 39 out of 100 39
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1990 4.5 out of 12 38
IMPLANTgames SEGA Master System Oct 09, 2009 2 out of 10 20
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 8 out of 100 8

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Trivia

References to the game

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

References

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.

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • January 1991 (Issue 4) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Bad)
Information also contributed by cafeine and festershinetop

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