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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 Atari ST In-flight refueling and rearming
After Burner MSX Stage 6 in all its monochrome glory
After Burner FM Towns Demo gameplay
After Burner Commodore 64 High scores (US version)

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) 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 NES Jan, 2011 F 0


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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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