The player is given a choice to either execute criminals or arrest them. Levels range from a 22nd century city called MegaCity One, a prison in a post-nuclear wasteland, ruins, and even the final showdown with Judge Rico. After Rico is defeated, the game deviates from the movie (starring Sylvester Stallone as the titular role) bringing the players enemies that are inspired more by the comic book series (from Fleetway Editions Limited). A confrontation with the Dark Judges on Deadworld is the actual final boss in the game. Winning this battle will truly end the game with the MegaCity One judges celebrating their victory.
Despite being released on two different systems, this game plays similar to the Sega Genesis version. There are Game Genie codes. As in most games of this time, there are limited continues, making it hard for video arcade gamers to adjust.