After Burner

released in 1987
  • libretro NES version
  • libretro Sega Master System version
  • mame ZX Spectrum version

a 1987 combat flight simulator arcade game designed by Yu Suzuki for Sega AM2. The player flies an F-14 (with moving seat, in some installations) using a specialized joystick. The game spawned several sequels

The game allows the player to control a F-14 Tomcat jet, which must destroy a series of enemy jets throughout 18 stages. At the start of the game, the player takes off from an aircraft carrier called the SEGA Enterprise, which shares a similar name to the one used in the 1986 film Top Gun (also a direct reference to the company's name at the time, SEGA Enterprises, LTD.).

In the arcade version, the jet itself employs a machine gun and a limited set of heat-seeking missiles, in the Master System version there is an unlimited number of missiles. These weapons are replenished by another aircraft after beating a few stages. The aircraft, cannon and missile buttons are all controlled from an integrated flight stick.

  • Genre: Arcade, Flight, Shooter
  • Platform: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore C64/128, MSX, NES, Sega Master System, ZX Spectrum

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