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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 SEGA 32X Stage 1
After Burner II Commodore 64 Level 3
After Burner II DOS Game over! (EGA)
After Burner II FM Towns Damn it...

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

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Aug, 1990 33 out of 40 82
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Dec, 1990 81 out of 100 81
FNintendo Nintendo 3DS Mar 11, 2015 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA 32X May, 1995 7 out of 10 70
Hardcore Gamer Magazine Nintendo 3DS Jan 22, 2015 3.5 out of 5 70
Score SEGA 32X Mar, 1995 65 out of 100 65
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1990 4.5 out of 12 38
The Video Game Critic SEGA 32X Mar 13, 2007 D 25
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 7 out of 100 7


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Merge After Burner and After Burner II? 2 Игги Друге (46453)
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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