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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 FM Towns Oh no...
After Burner Amstrad CPC Stage 1
After Burner Sharp X68000 First stage
After Burner Amiga On the runway

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

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jun, 1989 696 out of 1000 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) SEGA Master System Apr, 1988 702 out of 1000 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
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1989 47 out of 100 47
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1989 4.8 out of 12 40
Commodore User Amiga May, 1989 31 out of 100 31
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA 32X Jul 01, 2005 3 out of 10 30
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Oct, 1990 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 7 out of 100 7


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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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