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After Burner

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Amstrad CPC
SEGA Master System
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 MSX A roll in stage 11
After Burner Amstrad CPC Stage 2
After Burner MSX Mission complete
After Burner MSX Ready for take 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) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Génération 4 SEGA Master System Jul, 1988 81 out of 100 81
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA 32X Aug 06, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Atari ST User Atari ST Mar, 1989 7 out of 10 70
neXGam SEGA Master System 2002 7 out of 10 70
Defunct Games SEGA 32X Oct 31, 2004 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Mar, 1988 8 out of 12 67
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Oct 29, 2006 61 out of 100 61
Sega-16.com NES Mar 22, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 519 out of 1000 52


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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
Information also contributed by cafeine and festershinetop

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