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After Burner II is an arcade-style flight game released by Sega in 1987. It is the second game in the After Burner series. In the game, you fly a F-14 Tomcat jet fighter, gunning down enemies while avoiding incoming fire.  After Burner II came in several  different versions, the most famous being a large sit-down cabinet. Which resembled a cockpit and moved according to the motion of the plane onscreen. The cockpit would move in the same direction the on-screen aircraft was moveing.

The differences between After Burner and After Burner II are very small, and it is easy to confuse the two. The differences included:

  • The waiting-for-start sequence (the screen/music after a player inserts credits but before starting the game) is different.
  • After Burner II added a throttle to the controls, allowing players to vary their speed while flying.
  • After Burner has 18 stages; After Burner II has those same stages but adds three additional stages that make 21 stages total.
  • After Burner II added a few minor enemy changes to introduce new speed-based challenges (missiles/aircraft behind the player aircraft) to account for the use of the new throttle control.
  • The player's missiles in After Burner II could be fired considerably more frequently.
  • Musical compositions were the same for both games, though After Burner's instrumentation is different in spots.
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