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After Burner

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
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Arcade
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3.1
ZX Spectrum
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3.0
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Description

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.

Screenshots

After Burner ZX Spectrum The spectrum version doesn't allow you to fire the cannon as it fires constantly so you just need to point the plane at the enemy
After Burner Commodore 64 Launching from the carrier (US version)
After Burner Amiga We are hit !
After Burner SEGA Master System Taking off

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) SEGA Master System Mar, 1988 9 out of 10 90
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA 32X Aug 06, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Tilt SEGA Master System May, 1988 15 out of 20 75
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA 32X May, 1995 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) SEGA 32X Mar, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
IMPLANTgames SEGA 32X Oct 11, 2009 7 out of 10 70
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
Gamers (Germany) SEGA 32X Feb, 1995 6 out of 15 40
1UP! SEGA Master System Oct 29, 2007 25 out of 100 25

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Trivia

References to the game

In the movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day, John Connor is shown playing After Burner at the arcade at the mall.

References

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.

Information also contributed by cafeine and festershinetop

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