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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 Commodore 64 Finished level 1
After Burner II Commodore 64 Press fire to play
After Burner II Commodore 64 Refueling
After Burner II Commodore 64 I've been hit!

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

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1988 9.2 out of 12 77
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1989 519 out of 1000 52
Commodore Format Apr, 1991 45 out of 100 45
Commodore Format Jul, 1992 39 out of 100 39
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1989 29 out of 100 29
Zzap! Jan, 1991 20 out of 100 20
Games Preview Jan, 1989 17 out of 100 17
Zzap! Mar, 1989 17 out of 100 17
Power Play Jan, 1989 8 out of 100 8


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Merge After Burner and After Burner II? 2 Игги Друге (46422)
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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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Quapil (4825) added After Burner II (Commodore 64) on Jul 12, 2003
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