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After Burner is an aircraft shooter. The goal is simple: use your F-14 Tomcat and shoot as many enemies as you can. This aircraft has two weapons: lock-on missiles and Vulcan cannons (basically machine guns). In some versions there is an option to let the cannons shoot automatically all the time.

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. Sometimes you come across a friendly supply plane and if you dock with it you can replenish your missiles.


After Burner Commodore 64 Get ready for level 3 (US version)
After Burner Commodore 64 Get ready for level 2 (US version)
After Burner Commodore 64 Title screen (UK version)
After Burner Commodore 64 Refueling (UK version)

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Alternate Titles

  • "After Burner Complete" -- Japanese and European 32X title
  • "アフターバーナー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1988 9.2 out of 12 77
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1989 519 out of 1000 52
Commodore Format Apr, 1991 45 out of 100 45
Commodore Format Jul, 1992 39 out of 100 39
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1989 29 out of 100 29
Zzap! Jan, 1991 20 out of 100 20
Games Preview Jan, 1989 17 out of 100 17
Zzap! Mar, 1989 17 out of 100 17
Power Play Jan, 1989 8 out of 100 8


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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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