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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 MSX Stage 6 in all its monochrome glory
After Burner MSX There's the crew
After Burner Atari ST Second level
After Burner Arcade Air fight

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

The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 83 out of 100 83
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) SEGA Master System Apr, 1988 702 out of 1000 70
neXGam SEGA Master System 2002 7 out of 10 70 NES Mar 22, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Games Machine (UK) SEGA Master System Mar, 1988 60 out of 100 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1989 4.8 out of 12 40
CU Amiga Amiga May, 1989 31 out of 100 31
1UP! SEGA Master System Oct 29, 2007 25 out of 100 25
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1991 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Power Play Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 8 out of 100 8


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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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