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After Burner (home computers)

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For other versions of the game see After Burner and After Burner II.
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After Burner
Publisher: Sega,
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
MSX
ZX Spectrum
Activision
Developer:
System(s): Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Release Date RRP Code
Commodore Amiga
US
$? ?
Commodore Amiga
UK
£24.99[1][2] ?
Commodore Amiga
UK (The Hit Squad)
£7.99[3] ?
Atari ST
UK
£24.99[4] ?
Atari ST
UK (The Hit Squad)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[4] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Disk)
£14.99[4] ?
Amstrad CPC
ES (Cassette)
?Ptas ?
Amstrad CPC
ES (Disk)
?Ptas ?
Commodore 64
US (Disk)
$? ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[2] ?
Commodore 64
UK (Disk)
£14.99[2] ?
Commodore 64
UK (The Hit Squad)
£2.99[5] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Cassette)
£9.99 ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Disk)
£12.99[2] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (The Hit Squad)
£2.99[6] ?
ZX Spectrum
ES (Cassette)
?PtasPtas ?
IBM PC compatibles
US
$39.95[7] ?
MSX
UK
£9.99[4] ?



The Western home computer versions of After Burner are shoot-'em-up games released between 1988 and 1991. Despite their names, all are actually conversions of After Burner II, and most refer to themselves as such in-game.

Two versions for both the Amiga and Commodore 64 were released; a set for North American audiences (1988) and another for the European market (1989).

The Activision-published versions were collectively the best selling game in the United Kingdom of 1988[8].

Production credits

Amiga version (US)

Programmed by: Jeff Spangenberg
Graphics by: Matthew Stubbington
Level Desgin and additonal graphics by: Darrin Stubbington
Music and sound effects by: Jason Brooke

Amiga version (EU)

Programmed By Argonaut Software Ltd.
Code C 1985 1988 Argonaut Software Ltd
Music and Sound Effects By Uncle Art
Artwork By Focus C.E. Ltd.
A Software Studios Production

Commodore 64 version (EU)

This game has been produced under license from Sega Enterprises Ltd Japan and used by Activision UK Ltd
Coding by: Dalali Software Ltd
Graphics by: Focus CE Ltd
Music by: Adam Gilmore
A Software Studios Production
Copyright Sega 1988

DOS version

Programmer: Jack Rebbetoy
Graphic Artsits: Gerard DeSouza, Faye Hoffman
Unlimited Software Inc.

Magazine articles

Main article: After Burner (home computers)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

CVG UK 085.pdf

Print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #85: "November 1988" (1988-10-15)
also published in:













  • ACE (UK) #14: "November 1988" (1988-xx-xx)[9]

CVG UK 086.pdfCVG UK 086.pdf

Print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #86: "December 1988" (1988-11-xx)
also published in:













  • ACE (UK) #15: "December 1988" (1988-xx-xx)[10]













  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #87: "January 1989" (1988-12-xx)[11]













  • ACE (UK) #16: "January 1989" (1989-xx-xx)[12]













  • ACE (UK) #17: "February 1989" (1989-xx-xx)[13]

Physical scans

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 №21, p77[1]
50 №18, p39[14]
29 №69, p60[15]
Commodore Amiga
50
Based on
3 reviews

Amiga, US
AfterBurner Amiga US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngAfterBurner Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
AfterBurner Amiga US Disk.jpg
Disk
Amiga, UK

Amiga, UK (The Hit Squad)

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
67 №19, p84[16]
68 №17, p31[17]
Amstrad CPC
68
Based on
2 reviews

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette) (alt)
AfterBurner CPC EU Box Cassette Alt.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)
AfterBurner CPC EU Box Cassette MCM.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES (disk)
AfterBurner CPC EU Box Disk MCM.jpg
Cover

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
69 №16, p54/55[18]
47 №15, p59[19]
63 №4, p32-34[20]
Atari ST
60
Based on
3 reviews

Atari ST, UK
After Burner AtariST EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngAfter Burner AtariST EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
AfterBurner AtariST UK Disk1.jpg
Disk 1
AfterBurner AtariST UK Disk2.jpg
Disk 2
Atari ST, UK (The Hit Squad)
AfterBurnerII ST UK Box Back THS.jpgNospine-small.pngAfterBurnerII ST UK Box Front THS.jpg
Cover

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
52 №16, p54/55[18]
45 №7, p43[5]
70 №63, p16/17[21]
29 №15, p59[19]
20 №69, p60[15]
Commodore 64
43
Based on
5 reviews

Commodore 64, US
AfterBurner C64 US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngAfterBurner C64 US Box Front.jpg
Cover
AfterBurner C64 US Disk.jpg
Disk
Commodore 64, UK (cassette)

Commodore 64, UK (disk)
AfterBurner C64 EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngAfterBurner C64 EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
AfterBurner C64 EU Disk.jpg
Disk
Commodore 64, UK (The Hit Squad)
AfterBurner C64 EU Box THS.jpg
Cover
AfterBurner C64 UK Cassette HitSquad.jpg
Cassette

DOS version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
77 №3, p145[22]
IBM PC compatibles
77
Based on
1 review

DOS, US
AfterBurner DOS US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngAfterBurner DOS US Box Front.jpg
Cover
AfterBurner DOS US Disk1.jpg
Disk 1

MSX version

MSX, ES (MCM)
After Burner MSX EU MCM Box.jpg
Cover

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
66 №16, p54/55[18]
90 №86, p52/53[23]
82 №113, p72[6]
83 №15, p59[19]
ZX Spectrum
80
Based on
4 reviews

ZX Spectrum, UK (cassette)

ZX Spectrum, UK (disk)

After Burner Spectrum EU Disk.jpg
Disk
ZX Spectrum, UK (The Hit Squad)
Afterburner zx-spectrum eu the-hits-squad outer-sleeve.jpgAfterburner zx-spectrum eu the-hits-squad inner-sleeve.jpg
Cover
Afterburner zx-spectrum eu the-hits-squad tape.jpg
Cassette
ZX Spectrum, ES
After Burner Spectrum EU MCM Box.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES (alt)
After Burner Spectrum EU MCM Box Alt.jpg
Cover

References


Games in the After Burner Series
Arcade
After Burner (1987) | After Burner II (home computers) (1987) | G-LOC: Air Battle (1990) | Strike Fighter (1991) | Sky Target (1995) | Sega Strike Fighter (2000) | After Burner Climax (2006)
Sega Master System
After Burner (1987)
LCD handheld game
After Burner (1988)
Sega Mega-CD
After Burner III (1992)
Sega 32X
After Burner Complete (1995)
Sega Saturn
Sega Ages After Burner II (1996)
Windows PC
Sky Target (1997)
Java 2, Micro Edition (J2ME)
After Burner II (200x)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 10: After Burner II (2004)
Sony PlayStation Portable
After Burner: Black Falcon (2007)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
After Burner Climax (2010)
Nintendo 3DS
3D After Burner II (2013)
Google Android OS
iOS
After Burner Climax (2013)
After Burner related media
Music
Sega Game Music Vol. 3 After Burner (1987) | After Burner (1990) | Strike Fighter (1991) | Yu Suzuki Produce After Burner II (1997) | Yu Suzuki Produce G-LOC/R360/Virtua Racing (1998) | After Burner Climax Sound Track (2006) | Retro Game Anthology #5 -AFTER BURNER in DREAM- (2007) | After Burner 20th Anniversary Box (2007)
Film
After Burner (1987) | After Burner / Super Hang-On (1987)