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After Burner II is an updated re-release of After Burner. Besides extra levels, a few new enemies, a few touches at the soundtrack and more disposable missiles, the biggest addition is the ability to slow down or speed up manually. The rest of the gameplay remains identical.

Despite being called After Burner, most ports to home computers and consoles are based on this version. The NES, Amiga and Commodore 64 received two different ports with significant technical differences. This entry documents the original ports and the second ones can be found under the following entries: NES and Amiga / C64.


After Burner II Arcade Smoke
After Burner II DOS Intro of plane
After Burner II DOS Intro of pilot
After Burner II Amiga On the runway

Promo Images

After Burner II Screenshot
After Burner II Screenshot
After Burner II Screenshot
After Burner II Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "After Burner Complete" -- Japanese and European 32X title
  • "After Burner" -- Amiga / CPC / Atari ST / C64 / DOS / Genesis / MSX / NES / 32X / ZX Spectrum title
  • "AB2" -- informal/slang
  • "3D After Burner II" -- Nintendo 3DS title
  • "アフターバーナーⅡ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Hobby Consolas Nintendo 3DS Jan 20, 2015 82 out of 100 82
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Dec, 1990 81 out of 100 81
USgamer Nintendo 3DS Jan 22, 2015 4 out of 5 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Apr, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
FNintendo Nintendo 3DS Mar 11, 2015 8 out of 10 80
GameLemon J2ME Oct 20, 2005 5.5 out of 10 55
Mean Machines SEGA 32X Mar, 1995 53 out of 100 53
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1989 50 out of 100 50
Gamers (Germany) SEGA 32X Feb, 1995 6 out of 15 40
The Video Game Critic SEGA 32X Mar 13, 2007 D 25


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Merge After Burner and After Burner II? 2 Игги Друге (46374)
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.

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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