The game is a side-scrolling and up-scrolling platformer. In single player mode, the player chooses either Chip or Dale (neither of which has an advantage or disadvantage over the other). In multiplayer mode, both players play co-operatively.
The notorious Fat Cat has captured Gadget, and Chip and Dale must traverse through various hazardous areas to stop him. Sailor-type mouse Monterey Jack helps once in awhile and their fly friend Zipper acts as an occasional invincibility feature akin to the starman in Mario games.