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Similar to its predecessor, the premise of After Burner II is to get on the F-14 Tomcat and fly mission after mission of shooting planes out of the sky. At your disposal is a vulcan cannon (basically a machine gun) and a limited number of missiles. In some versions of the game the guns fire automatically all the time. Sometimes you come across a friendly supply plane and if you dock with it you can replenish your missiles.

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. You also can speed up and slow down to deal with enemies which appear behind you.


After Burner II DOS Stage 3 - Night, refuel and reload
After Burner II Atari ST Title screen
After Burner II TurboGrafx-16 Stage 1
After Burner II Amiga Turning right

Alternate Titles

  • "AB2" -- informal/slang
  • "アフターバーナーⅡ" -- Japanese spelling

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VideoGame Genesis Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mean Machines Genesis May, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Dec, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Genesis Jun, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Nintendo Life Nintendo 3DS Jan 17, 2015 8 out of 10 80 Genesis Jul 06, 2009 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Genesis Oct, 1991 695 out of 1000 70
Génération 4 TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 1990 6 out of 10 60
Atarimagazin Atari ST 1989 4 out of 10 40
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 17, 2000 F 0


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Merge After Burner and After Burner II? 2 Игги Друге (45006)
Mar 17, 2011


Cover art

Although the aircraft piloted in the game is a variation of F-14 Tomcat, the plane displayed on the North American cover is an F-15 Eagle.


After Burner II was originally planned to have a World War II theme and be a realistic flight sim, but the idea was dropped because Yu Suzuki stated that "it would not have fit the arcade scene." A pure dogfighter was not his intention.

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