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Description

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.

Screenshots

After Burner II MSX That's your F14
After Burner II Amstrad CPC Starting out
After Burner II NES Title screen
After Burner II TurboGrafx-16 Tilting to the right

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

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1991 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
Power Play Genesis Jun, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Sega Force SEGA 32X 1995 72 out of 100 72
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA 32X May, 1995 7 out of 10 70
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 45 out of 100 45
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1991 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
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 (44998)
Mar 17, 2011

Trivia

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.

Development

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.

References

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.

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • January 1991 (Issue 4) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Bad)
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