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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 Genesis Part of the game's demo.
After Burner II TurboGrafx-16 Stage 6
After Burner II DOS Intro of plane
After Burner II MSX A colourful explosion in stage 8

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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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 Dec, 1990 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) SEGA 32X Mar, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jan, 1989 687 out of 1000 69
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1989 68 out of 100 68
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) TurboGrafx-16 Dec, 1990 666 out of 1000 67
GameLemon J2ME Oct 20, 2005 5.5 out of 10 55
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1989 47 out of 100 47
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1992 39 out of 100 39
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Oct, 1990 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Merge After Burner and After Burner II? 2 Игги Друге (46468)
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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