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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 DOS Loading the game. (CGA)
After Burner II ZX Spectrum When you have a lock on you can fore a missile at that enemy and it will follow it until it hits it
After Burner II Genesis Skidding across the water...
After Burner II SEGA 32X Title screen

Promo Images

After Burner II Magazine Advertisement
After Burner II Screenshot
After Burner II Screenshot
After Burner II Magazine Advertisement

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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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Vandal Online Nintendo 3DS Jan 20, 2015 8 out of 10 80 NES Apr 10, 2017 7 out of 10 70
Atari ST User Atari ST Mar, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Defunct Games SEGA 32X Oct 31, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA 32X May, 1995 7 out of 10 70
Atarimagazin Atari ST 1989 4 out of 10 40
Gamers (Germany) SEGA 32X Feb, 1995 6 out of 15 40
Retro Archives ZX Spectrum Nov 05, 2020 6.5 out of 20 32
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1991 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 7 out of 100 7


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Merge After Burner and After Burner II? 2 Игги Друге (46314)
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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