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You might not have heard of Sega's After Burner [sic] series if you don't frequent the arcade. It's one of Sega's oldest franchises, centered around flight simulations of fighter jets, though the games' arcade origins give them a more casual approach to the genre than, say, Ace Combat. (In fact, the games have always felt a lot like Space Harrier.) The last entry in the series, 2006's After Burner Climax, just touched down on the Play Store for a cool three bucks.

Players will pilot some of the Air Force and Navy's finest machines, including the F14, F15 and F18, through 20 stages against a variety of airborne enemies. The interface is more focused on fast-paced action than technicality - there's no cockpit view, for example. As you progress, you'll unlock new weapons and cosmetic options for your jet. There's no multiplayer mode (not that this particular game lends itself towards one) but online leaderboards will let you know how you fare against the other aces in the air.

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After Burner Climax got a special release as a downloadable title on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2010 before an iOS launch last month. The graphics are noticeably toned-down for mobile versions, and necessarily so, since it's doubtful that current hardware could handle the breakneck pace of the game in its full capacity. Even so, the simplicity of the arcade game should make for a good mobile translation. After Burner Climax is available for all Android devices running Gingerbread and up.

Update #1: Looks like the game was pulled shortly after release, possibly due to crashes. We've reached out to SEGA to find out when it'll be back.

Update #2 (4/4/13): The game is back, with version 1.0.1. You can try your luck again, with fingers crossed.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
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  • Matthew

    "Lana. Lana. Lana? LANA! Danger zone"

  • Kevin Aaronson

    Immediate crash after opening, may want to wait for an update. Seems reviewers on play store are having the same experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Samurai89 Daniel Harris

    Game is missing from the Play Store. Maybe they are trying to fix the force close and re-release it. Refunded after the game force closed on me.

  • Craig M

    Game was pulled from the store.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Looks like the game was pulled shortly after release, possibly due to crashes. We've reached out to SEGA to find out when it'll be back.

  • NoBullet

    Game devs seriously need to look up what a barrel roll actually looks like.

  • AkumajoBelmont

    Works perfectly on my Note 2 now. Looks amazing, plays great, and I can attest to how close this is to the 360 version. I've finished it many times over, and this is a great port. Graphics don't look as scaled back in action as they look in screen shots - it actually looks far better than it has any right too, given the source. All we need now is Sega Rally and OutRun 2 and I'll be a happy camper :)

  • Aaron orwin

    Still won't work on my nexus 4/7 or zoom

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    • EH101

      Might try clearing app data/cache? Don't know if it will help, but you've got nothing to lose.

      • Aaron orwin

        No joy but thanks for the suggestion

  • Himmat Singh

    Funny thing is before the update the game was v2.0 :)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    That is all.

  • chad

    not working .loading takes forever and menu screen is messed up