At heart it might just be Space Harrier with F-14 Tomcat’s but for fan’s of the movie Top Gun it doesn’t get much better than this.
It’s really just a basic shooter based around aeroplanes using a more modern 16-bit arcade board. As a game it’s fun enough to play and would be an enjoyable coin guzzler if it stopped there.
However Afterburners real enjoyment comes from the rather unique cabinet Sega has put it in. You sit in a fighter pilots cockpit with the screen in front of you and stick betwixt your legs. As you pull up of push back on the the stick the whole cabinet moves to follow the action on the screen.