After Burner Complete

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After Burner Complete
System(s): Sega 32X
Publisher: Sega
Original system(s): Sega X Board
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad, XE-1 AP
Genre: 3D Shooting[1], Shooting[2]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega 32X
¥4,9804,980 GM-4006
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega 32X
$49.9949.99[4] 84507
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega 32X
Sega 32X
Sega 32X
£39.9939.99[7][8] 84507-50
Sega 32X

After Burner Complete (アフターバーナー・コンプリート), also known as After Burner II Complete or simply After Burner, is an enhanced Sega 32X port of After Burner II, released in 1995 by Rutubo Games and Sega.


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In-flight reloading

The game is a rail shooter where the player pilots a F-14 Tomcat jet fighter (called the "SSF-14" in the US instruction manual). The jet flies itself on set paths through the stages, and the player controls its position on screen and its weapons. The vertical controls are inverted to simulate a flight stick, climbing with Down and descending with Up (though this can be changed in the options). It banks with Left or Right. The jet is equipped with two Vulcan cannons, which have unlimited ammunition, and heat-seeking missiles, which are limited in supply. There is an "Auto Vulcan" option that automatically fires the Vulcan cannons continuously. A reticle appears in front of the jet, which is used to aim the Vulcan cannons; additionally, enemies caught in the reticle are "locked-on" and targeted if the player fires a guided missile. Missiles are limited; the player starts with 50 (with a large missile icon representing 10 missiles), which are replenished in-flight or by landing on an allied air strip in between certain stages.

Using a standard control pad, the jet fires its Vulcan guns with A or C (unless "Auto Vulcan" is enabled) and fires its missiles with B. It slows down by holding A and speeds up by holding C. Using a Six Button Control Pad, the jet can roll by holding A while turning with Left or Right. It also rolls by changing direction quickly when turning. The jet automatically rolls when turning if it is being pursued by an enemy fighter to evade its fire. It fires its Vulcan guns with C (unless "Auto Vulcan" is enabled) and fires its missiles with B. It can change its speed to low by holding X, to middle by holding Y, or to high by holding Z (with the jet engaging its afterburners at the highest speed).

The jet crashes if it takes enemy fire. The stage continues with a spare jet if the player has one (the player can choose to start with 3, 4, 5, or 6 in the options). The player earns an extra jet at 3,000,000 and 10,000,000 points and every 10,000,000 points after that. There are several selectable difficulty levels (Extra Easy, Easy, Normal, Hard, and Hardest).


The game can be continued from stages 5, 9, 13, and 19 once reached, through a new option that appears on the title screen.

Stages 5 and 13 are allied air bases where the plane replenishes its missiles.

Stages 8 and 17 are bonus stages where the player destroys enemy bases for bonus points.

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Stage 1

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Stage 2

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Stage 3

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Stage 4

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Stage 5

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Stage 6

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Stage 7

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Stage 8

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Stage 9

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Stage 10

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Stage 11

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Stage 12

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Stage 13

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Stage 14

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Stage 15

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Stage 16

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Stage 17

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Stage 18

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Stage 19

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Stage 20

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Stage 21

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Stage 22

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Stage 23


During most of its development it was known as Super After Burner.

Similar to the 32X version of Space Harrier, After Burner Complete saw mixed reviews from the press, being seen as a simple port of an ageing arcade game which offered few improvements over the Sega Mega Drive version of After Burner II (released back in 1990).


After Burner Complete is extremely similar to the arcade release of After Burner II, with minor tweaks to make it more suited to a home console environment, and an options screen allowing for adjustments in difficulty and control schemes. But features slightly lower resolution sprites in places and runs at half the frame rate (30FPS vs. 60FPS).

It was the most accurate home version of After Burner at the time of release (bettered the following year by Sega Ages After Burner II on the Sega Saturn).

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English (US) After Burner After Burner
Japanese アフターバーナー・コンプリート After Burner Complete

Production credits

In-game credits
After Burner 32X credits.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: After Burner Complete/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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NL flyer
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Print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #43: "Abril 1995" (1995-xx-xx)


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
50 [10]
Sega 32X
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
Freak (IL)
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
Joypad (FR) PAL
Mega (UK) PAL
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
Player One (FR)
Play Time (DE) PAL
Saturn Fan (JP) NTSC-J
Score (CZ)
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Force (SE)
Sega Megazone (AU)
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Super Juegos (ES)
Todo Sega (ES)
Ultimate Future Games (UK) PAL
Video Games (DE) PAL
VideoGames (US)
Sega 32X
Based on
27 reviews

After Burner Complete

32X, JP
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32X, US
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Afterburnercomplete 32x us manual.pdf
32X, EU
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32X, PT

32X, AU

Technical information

Main article: After Burner Complete/Technical information.

External links

  • Sega of America webpage: 32X


  1. File:AftBurnComp 32x jp frontcover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Wayback Machine: 2013-06-19 13:31)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Next Generation, "February 1995" (US; 1995-01-24), page 95
  4. 4.0 4.1 GamePro, "March 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 62
  5. Computer & Video Games, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-15), page 139
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mean Machines Sega, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-01-30), page 88
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mega, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-30), page 32
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sega Magazine, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-12-15), page 82
  9. File:After Burner 32X credits.pdf
  10. GamesMaster, "February 1995" (UK; 1995-01-22), page 45
  11. Famitsu, "1995-01-20" (JP; 1995-01-06), page 40
  12. Freak, "4/95" (IL; 1995-xx-xx), page 1
  13. GameFan, "Volume 3, Issue 4: April 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 19
  14. GamesMaster (UK) "Series 4, episode 15" (1994-12-27, 24:00) (+8:58)
  15. Games World: The Magazine, "February 1995" (UK; 1994-12-xx), page 15
  16. Joypad, "Avril 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 78
  17. MAN!AC, "02/95" (DE; 1995-01-11), page 45
  18. Mega Fun, "02/95" (DE; 1995-01-18), page 105
  19. Player One, "Avril 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 122
  20. Play Time, "2/95" (DE; 1995-01-04), page 101
  21. Saturn Fan, "1995 April" (JP; 1995-03-08), page 41
  22. Score, "Březen 1995" (CZ; 1995-03-01), page 44
  23. Sega Power, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-01-19), page 54
  24. Sega Pro, "February 1995" (UK; 1994-12-29), page 61
  25. Sega Force, "3/95" (SE; 1995-06-20), page 6
  26. Sega Megazone, "February 1995" (AU; 1995-0x-xx), page 22
  27. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 84
  28. Super Juegos, "Enero 1995" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 62
  29. Todo Sega, "Febrero 1995" (ES; 1995-0x-xx), page 32
  30. Ultimate Future Games, "February 1995" (UK; 1995-01-01), page 86
  31. Video Games, "2/95" (DE; 1995-01-18), page 91
  32. VideoGames, "May 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 76

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