After Burner was a combat simulation game that originally was released in the arcade. If you were fortunate there was also an arcade machine that moved around that gave you the feel as if you were actually flying and fighting in an F-15 Tomcat, the only thing was the movement was limited so you wouldn’t be moving upside down while performing barrel rolls.
The gameplay is pretty simple; fly the jet, take out the enemies, and try not to run out of missiles too soon. There were only eighteen levels to play through, which got progressively harder as you went.
I have played both the arcade version of Afterburner as well as the Sega Master System version. I definitely prefer the arcade version. It just has much better look.
One thing I definitely like about this game is there is no landing or refueling stage like in the Nintendo game based on the movie Top Gun where more than likely you would crash rather than land on the aircraft carrier. Afterburner was just fly the plane and take out the enemies.
The motion arcade version of the game was fun, but depending on the arcade you were in it could be a pretty loud experience if the sound was set to full volume.