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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 ZX Spectrum This big plane rearms your missiles
After Burner ZX Spectrum The spectrum version doesn't allow you to fire the cannon as it fires constantly so you just need to point the plane at the enemy
After Burner ZX Spectrum Level 2 is a bit more sunny than before
After Burner ZX Spectrum Loading screen

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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

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1988 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Your Sinclair Mar, 1989 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1989 656 out of 1000 66


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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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Martin Smith (62923) added After Burner (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 02, 2004
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