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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 Take off from carrier
After Burner SEGA Master System Crash and Burn
After Burner SEGA Master System Enemy fighter shot down
After Burner SEGA Master System Title Screen #3

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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

Sega Pro (UK) Apr, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Génération 4 Jul, 1988 81 out of 100 81
VideoGame Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
neXGam 2002 7 out of 10 70
Defunct Games Oct 29, 2006 61 out of 100 61
The Games Machine (UK) Mar, 1988 60 out of 100 60
Retro Archives Nov 05, 2020 11.5 out of 20 58
Games Preview Aug, 1989 45 out of 100 45
Game Freaks 365 2005 1.9 out of 10 19
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Jan 12, 2004 1 out of 10 10


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PCGamer77 (3225) added After Burner (SEGA Master System) on Jan 18, 2003
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