Metal Stoker is a top-down view, multi directional scrolling shooter. You pilot the CS-05 custom Metal Stoker and the game counts seven stages (Compute Polis, Gio front, Torrid City, Desert base, Hell Laboratory, Cyber Base and the Floating Fortress). Your ship can move in any directions but if needed, an option allows you to fire in one direction while you move in another. Tanks and other enemy forces are scattered around each level, an arrow constantly pointing the way out, or at least the way to the boss. Pods can be collected along the way: new weapons ( They can be selected by pressing start ) from Vulcan gun to laser beam, homing missiles, surrounding force-field and Mines. Other items can also be picked up and give you extra lives or increase your fire power.