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After Burner

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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 Amstrad CPC Options screen
After Burner Atari ST Enemy planes ahead
After Burner Commodore 64 Title screen (US version)
After Burner SEGA Master System Take off from carrier

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

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA 32X May, 1995 7 out of 10 70
GamesCollection SEGA Master System Nov 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) SEGA 32X Mar, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1989 672 out of 1000 67
The Games Machine (UK) SEGA Master System Mar, 1988 60 out of 100 60
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play SEGA Master System Feb, 1988 5 out of 10 50
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 45 out of 100 45


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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
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