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.
Information also contributed by
- Commodore Format
- January 1991 (Issue 4) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Bad)