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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.

The SEGA Master System adds a boss fight at the very end. Despite being called After Burner, all other console / computer ports are based on After Burner II.


After Burner SEGA Master System Enemy fighter shot down
After Burner SEGA Master System Crash and Burn
After Burner SEGA Master System Hit by missile
After Burner SEGA Master System Zero G

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Alternate Titles

  • "アフターバーナー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Good standalone title, bad arcade conversion. Ash_1 (76) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Tilt May, 1988 15 out of 20 75
GamesCollection Nov 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1988 7.6 out of 12 63
Defunct Games Oct 29, 2006 61 out of 100 61
Power Play Feb, 1988 5 out of 10 50
Games Preview Aug, 1989 45 out of 100 45
1UP! Oct 29, 2007 25 out of 100 25
IMPLANTgames Oct 09, 2009 2 out of 10 20
Game Freaks 365 2005 1.9 out of 10 19
HonestGamers Jan 12, 2004 1 out of 10 10


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PCGamer77 (3233) added After Burner (SEGA Master System) on Jan 18, 2003
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