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After Burner

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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 MSX High score
After Burner SEGA 32X Hard action !
After Burner NES ... before being shot down.
After Burner Amstrad CPC Starting out

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

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1988 9.2 out of 12 77
Tilt SEGA Master System May, 1988 15 out of 20 75
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1989 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) SEGA 32X Mar, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Oct 29, 2006 61 out of 100 61
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
Power Play SEGA Master System Feb, 1988 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic SEGA 32X Mar 13, 2007 D 25

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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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