DescriptionAfter 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 Complete" -- Japanese and European 32X title
- "アフターバーナー" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
- After Burner series
- Aircraft: F-14 Tomcat
- Games referenced in movies
- Genre: Chase-view / Space Harrier-style shooter
|Good standalone title, bad arcade conversion.||SEGA Master System||Ash_1 (55)|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||SEGA Master System||Mar, 1988||9 out of 10||90|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||ZX Spectrum||Apr, 1991||82 out of 100||82|
|Sinclair User||Arcade||Apr, 1988||8 out of 10||80|
|Your Sinclair||ZX Spectrum||Mar, 1989||7 out of 10||70|
|GamePro (US)||SEGA 32X||Mar, 1995||3.5 out of 5||70|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Commodore 64||Jan, 1989||519 out of 1000||52|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Amiga||May, 1989||50 out of 100||50|
|1UP!||SEGA Master System||Oct 29, 2007||25 out of 100||25|
|The Video Game Critic||SEGA Master System||Mar 13, 2004||D||25|
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References to the gameIn the movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day, John Connor is shown playing After Burner at the arcade at the mall.
ReferencesDuring 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 versionThe 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)
Related Web Sites
- After Burner entry on KLOV (The After Burner entry on the Killer List of Videogames.)