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After Burner (SEGA Master System)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.4
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Good standalone title, bad arcade conversion. Ash_1 (55) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall MobyScore (17 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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90
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
The trouble with producing home versions of such graphically stunning arcade games is that it's almost impossible to reproduce an exact copy of the arcade machine. In many respects comparisons are worthless. Nevertheless Sega has done an excellent job an Afterburner, it is the first in a new generation of console games.
81
Génération 4
Une adaptation honorable d'un jeu de café démoniaque.
80
VideoGame
Com três jatos F-14 Thunder Cat (de acordo com a pontuação, cinco milhões ou 15 milhões de pontos, podem surgir jatos adicionais), você precisa superar 18 etapaas de combate aéreo para encontrar os planos secretos e voltar ao porta-aviões Sega.
75
Tilt
Bref, de l'action, rien que de l'action. Ça va vite et ça décoiffe ! Tout cela s'accompagne, comme c'est l'usage sur la console Sega, d'une bonne bande sonore. Et puis, la scène du ravitaillement en vol est très impressionnante. A ne pas manquer.
70
GamesCollection
Una conversione coraggiosa che mantiene lo spirito dell'originale, ma che visto le ridotte capacità hardware, non fa sicuramente gridare al miracolo.
70
neXGam
After Burner ist ein sehr guter Arcade Titel, der jedoch eine große Schwäche im Sound und eine etwas kleinere Schwäche im Gameplay aufweist. Trotzdem ein Muss für jeden 8-Bit Besitzer.
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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Hätten die Programmierer einige Levels mehr eingebaut, so wäre ein wirklicher Hit entstanden, aber auch so hat AFTER BURNER einiges zu bieten. Die Start-Sequenz zum Beispiel ist sehr gut gelungen. Hier gibt es auch sowas wie Sprachausgabe, die sich aber, aus was für Gründen auch immer, auf zwei Worte beschränkt:"GET READY". Ein bißchen wenig! Wer auf schnelle Action-Spiele steht, der ist mit After Burner gut beraten, an das Original kommt die Umsetzung aber nicht ran.
61
Defunct Games
I wish there was more to write about but there isn't; the game is a dumbed down version of an already ridiculously simple game. I think After Burner fans will be mad at the missing controls and speed but maybe slog through it if they are in a tolerant mood. Everyone else who tries it will most likely play it for five minutes, grow bored, and shut of the old SMS. I can't say it's really that bad, it scraps the bottom rung of mediocre, but I can't recommend it. The box art is nice for a SMS game though, maybe you could put it on a shelf or something.
60
All Game Guide
After Burner is an average shooter. While it looks good, there is just so little to do. Enemies all move and shoot similarly, and there are no power-ups. Shooter fans and fans of the Arcade version are probably the only ones who should try this one.
60
The Games Machine (UK)
After Burner, like Out Run, is a mammoth conversion to attempt and inevitably suffers some way during the translation. On the Sega, the game has the speed and the same style of action, but without the incredible graphics it's little more than a fast and very difficult shoot 'em up.
50
Power Play
Nun hat Sega den Afterburner auch auf sein Videospiel-System losgelassen. Bei mir hinterläßt der „Nachbrenner“ allenfalls Sodbrennen. denn an spielerischer Einfalt ist das Programm kaum zu überbieten. Ähnlich wie bei „Out Run“ kaschiert der Automat das armselige Spielprinzip durch Hydraulik Edel-Grafik und Hitparaden-verdächtige Musik. Und obwohl sich die Programmierer bei der Umsetzung sehr viel Mühe gegeben haben, ist Afterburner auf dem Master System eine langweilige Angelegenheit - die Hardware kann‘s halt nicht besser.
25
1UP!
Quelques jeux (peu nombreux en fin de compte) de la Master System ont bien vieilli, d'autres ont mal vieilli, et il y en a d'autres encore qui n'ont pas vieilli du tout, qui sont carrément morts en route. Quand on les retrouve des années plus tard, comme cet After Burner, c'est dans un état de décomposition, rongés par les vers du temps et deux décennies d'améliorations techniques, ensevelis sous des milliers d'autres titres moins mauvais dans le charnier sur lequel se dresse la grande cathédrale des jeux vidéo.
25
The Video Game Critic
The sprites don't look bad at all - in fact, they are only slightly inferior to the 32X version. The planes are large and detailed, but the flat scenery below is uninteresting. I also wasn't impressed by the trail of gray circles that appear when your plane goes down (it that supposed to be smoke?). This is not a bad translation, but the game itself is pretty lame.
20
IMPLANTgames
Overall, After Burner for the Sega Master System is terrible. The screen is way too busy, you can’t tell if enemies are coming or going, it’s hard to shoot things, and it’s easy to die. The graphics are clever at best, and the soundtrack is nothing to write home about. Most offensive of all however, is the complete lack of fun when playing. Avoid After Burner at all costs.
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Game Freaks 365
After Burner is a sad game, not simply because it was sad to begin with, but even more so because Sega decided to not really do anything to make it better. They just took the same crappy game and made it slightly crappier because they had to tone down the sound quality and graphics. They really should have made a unique game for the Master System based on this, perhaps a nice shooter or something. Instead, the player is plagued by the same arcade menace that I don't remember anyone actually playing. Consider long and hard before buying this game.
10
HonestGamers
Don’t buy Afterburner. Don’t even try it. A good deal of Sega Master System owners found their consoles equipped with the simplistic Hang On. At the time, I remember thinking, ''is this all there is to it?'' It featured only a handful of levels: the daytime, the nighttime, the desert, and so on (again, with the palette swapping), and these stretches would be repeated, getting a little harder with every loop. But there were landmarks in the distance, and light posts and the like would mark the road, giving you the illusion of forward motion. Afterburner has none of this. If you should somehow, unluckily stumble into a bout with this game, and forget all the horrible shortcomings I’ve mentioned, the reasons as to why you shouldn’t play—the single, simple, ingratiating tune that plays incessantly should offer you a constant reminder.