The game puts you and up to three rivals in charge of a Team of Judges fighting crime in Mega City One. Each game consists of a number of turns during which crimes come into play and are investigated by the rival Teams. If a Team finds the Scene and Perpetrator (Perp) of the crime they can attempt an arrest. Perps are arrested by either challenging them to come quietly or with a gunfight. Upon solving a crime the Team gains prestige, when a team reaches twenty prestige it wins the game.
Other routes to victory include gaining five commendations, Which can be got for completing extremely hazardous investigations and capturing the Four Dark Judges, which is harder than it sounds.
Teams have to be careful they obey the law themselves. Actions unbecoming of a Judge can result in Demerits for both individual Judges and the entire Team. Too many demerits can result in a Judge or Team being kick off the force. And if you lose you entire team to demerits (or gunfire) then you're out of the game.