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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 SEGA 32X We have been hit !
After Burner SEGA 32X Title screen
After Burner SEGA 32X Enemy locked !
After Burner SEGA 32X Stage 1

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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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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the SEGA 32X release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Critic Reviews Aug 08, 2005 9 out of 10 90
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Aug 06, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameFan Magazine Apr, 1995 77 out of 100 77
Sega Force 1995 72 out of 100 72
Defunct Games Oct 31, 2004 70 out of 100 70
IMPLANTgames Oct 11, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment May, 1995 7 out of 10 70
Play Time Jan, 1995 69 out of 100 69
Video Games Jan, 1995 53 out of 100 53
The Video Game Critic Mar 13, 2007 D 25


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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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