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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 Amiga Stage 1
After Burner II Genesis Night operation
After Burner II DOS Stage 8 - Shoot and avoid the gun turrets
After Burner II DOS Got Hit! (EGA)

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

VideoGame Genesis Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Hobby Consolas Genesis Oct, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Aug, 1990 33 out of 40 82
Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 Dec, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Dec, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Nintendo Life Nintendo 3DS Jan 17, 2015 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Genesis Oct, 1991 695 out of 1000 70 Genesis Jul 06, 2009 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) TurboGrafx-16 Dec, 1990 666 out of 1000 67
GameLemon J2ME Oct 20, 2005 5.5 out of 10 55


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Merge After Burner and After Burner II? 2 Игги Друге (44991)
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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