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After Burner II is an updated re-release of After Burner. Besides extra levels, a few new enemies, a few touches at the soundtrack and more disposable missiles, the biggest addition is the ability to slow down or speed up manually. The rest of the gameplay remains identical.

Despite being called After Burner, most ports to home computers and consoles are based on this version. The NES, Amiga and Commodore 64 received two different ports with significant technical differences. This entry documents the original ports and the second ones can be found under the following entries: NES and Amiga / C64.


After Burner II Amstrad CPC Going down!
After Burner II Commodore 64 I've been hit!
After Burner II DOS Stage 4 - Incoming enemies
After Burner II Atari ST Let's shoot some trees

Promo Images

After Burner II Screenshot
After Burner II Screenshot
After Burner II Screenshot
After Burner II Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "After Burner Complete" -- Japanese and European 32X title
  • "After Burner" -- Amiga / CPC / Atari ST / C64 / DOS / Genesis / MSX / NES / 32X / ZX Spectrum title
  • "AB2" -- informal/slang
  • "3D After Burner II" -- Nintendo 3DS title
  • "アフターバーナーⅡ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Hobby Consolas Genesis Oct, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Mean Machines Genesis May, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Life Nintendo 3DS Jan 17, 2015 8 out of 10 80
Sega Force SEGA 32X 1995 72 out of 100 72
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1989 672 out of 1000 67
Génération 4 TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 1990 6 out of 10 60
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 45 out of 100 45
Atarimagazin Atari ST 1989 4 out of 10 40
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1990 4.5 out of 12 38
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 29 out of 100 29


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Merge After Burner and After Burner II? 2 Игги Друге (46463)
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.

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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