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After Burner

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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 Commodore 64 Launching from the carrier (UK version)
After Burner Commodore 64 Get ready for level 3 (US version)
After Burner Arcade BOOM! Life lost
After Burner NES Trying madly to shoot something ...

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)

The Press Says SEGA 32X Aug 08, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Génération 4 SEGA Master System Jul, 1988 81 out of 100 81
GameFan Magazine SEGA 32X Apr, 1995 77 out of 100 77
GamePro (US) SEGA 32X Mar, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
GamesCollection SEGA Master System Nov 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1989 672 out of 1000 67
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Oct 29, 2006 61 out of 100 61
The Games Machine (UK) SEGA Master System Mar, 1988 60 out of 100 60
Power Play SEGA Master System Feb, 1988 5 out of 10 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Oct, 1990 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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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.

Information also contributed by cafeine and festershinetop

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