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 Amiga On the runway
After Burner Amstrad CPC Stage 1
After Burner MSX Stage 6 in all its monochrome glory
After Burner Amstrad CPC Going down!

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

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Commodore User Arcade Oct, 1987 8 out of 10 80
VideoGame SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameFan Magazine SEGA 32X Apr, 1995 77 out of 100 77
Sega Force SEGA 32X 1995 72 out of 100 72
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) SEGA Master System Apr, 1988 702 out of 1000 70
IMPLANTgames SEGA 32X Oct 11, 2009 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1990 4.5 out of 12 38
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA 32X Jul 01, 2005 3 out of 10 30
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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