While in the midst of a family day at the Mall of America, I took a break from the Farris Wheel and the Kiddie Cars to check out the arcade. Usually I despise this arcade, which is found in the midst of the mall’s amusement park, as it shares more in common with the roller coasters than with Pac-Man and there isn’t a pinball machine in sight.
As I walked in, to my surprise, I discovered that a sequel to one of my favorite late 80′s arcade games had been made. After Burner Climax is a sequel to the 1987 SEGA classic, After Burner. Popular for it’s Top Gun style F-14 Tomcat and simple “shoot down everything from the sky” gameplay, it sucked a lot of quarters out of my pocket as a kid. Climax takes the formula and adds niftier graphics and a new “Climax Mode” to the game.