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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 Genesis Title Screen.
After Burner II Genesis Press Start! Play me!
After Burner II Genesis Giant rocks
After Burner II Genesis This rocket is quite big

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

VideoGame Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Hobby Consolas Oct, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Mean Machines May, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1990 33 out of 40 82
Power Play Jun, 1990 80 out of 100 80 Jul 06, 2009 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1991 695 out of 1000 70
The Video Game Critic Jan 17, 2000 F 0


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Merge After Burner and After Burner II? 2 Игги Друге (44993)
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.

Information also contributed by Rad Spencer
Syed GJ (1525) added After Burner II (Genesis) on Jul 26, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (16635), 666gonzo666 (53950), chirinea (36404), Sciere (365648), Macintrash (2472), Игги Друге (44993) and *Katakis* (38169)