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After Burner

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ZX Spectrum
Atari ST
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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 SEGA Master System Title Screen #2
After Burner MSX Air fueling before stage 3
After Burner SEGA 32X Hard action !
After Burner Commodore 64 Level 1 (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)

The Press Says

Power Play Arcade Dec, 1987 8 out of 10 80
GamesCollection SEGA Master System Nov 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Defunct Games SEGA 32X Oct 31, 2004 70 out of 100 70
IMPLANTgames SEGA 32X Oct 11, 2009 7 out of 10 70
The One Atari ST Jan, 1989 63 out of 100 63
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
CU Amiga Amiga May, 1989 31 out of 100 31
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1991 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Zzap! Commodore 64 Mar, 1989 17 out of 100 17
HonestGamers SEGA Master System Jan 12, 2004 1 out of 10 10


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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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