Points are gained for every unit captured and lost for every move made. Units come in pairs and are joined by connectors giving them more movement options but also weaknesses from their flank. You can capture pieces by breaking the link between them.
The game features 3 modes of play. In Classic mode the objective is simply to capture units until one player has twice as many pieces than the opponent. Shogun mode introduces the Shogun unit pieces, where the objective is to capture all the opponents' Shogun pieces. In the Insignia mode, the players have to prevent the opponent from capturing their Insignias on the board while attempting at the same time to capture the opponents'. The catch is that only Shoguns are able to capture Insignias, so now players must simultaneously protect their Insignias and Shoguns while looking for the opportunity to capture the opponents' Shoguns or Insignia.
In addition to 3 play modes, this game also features special rules options. Players can select different A.I. opponents to practice against, each with different characteristics and playing methods, use the two player mode to play against a human opponent and use the board editor to design new battlegrounds.