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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 Genesis Fight in clouds
After Burner II Genesis This rocket is quite big
After Burner II Genesis Press Start! Play me!
After Burner II Genesis Part of the game's demo.

Promo Images

After Burner II Magazine Advertisement
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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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Ação Games Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Sega Power May, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Sega Pro (UK) Nov, 1991 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
Joystick (French) Jun, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Sega Does Aug 25, 2016 B 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1991 695 out of 1000 70
Sega-16.com Jul 06, 2009 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Jan 17, 2000 F 0


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Merge After Burner and After Burner II? 2 Игги Друге (46309)
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)
Information also contributed by cafeine festershinetop and Rad Spencer
Syed GJ (1577) added After Burner II (Genesis) on Jul 26, 2002
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