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After Burner

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Amstrad CPC
Commodore 64
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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 Commodore 64 Title screen (US version)
After Burner Commodore 64 Level 1 (US version)
After Burner MSX A colourful explosion in stage 8
After Burner Arcade Try avoid rocket

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 SEGA 32X Aug 08, 2005 9 out of 10 90
VideoGame NES Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1989 7 out of 10 70
GamesCollection SEGA Master System Nov 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
neXGam SEGA Master System 2002 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide SEGA Master System 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gamers (Germany) SEGA 32X Feb, 1995 6 out of 15 40
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
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.

Information also contributed by cafeine and festershinetop

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