The player has to select a character among four classes: tiger, lion, monkey, and dragon. These class of character have different strengths and weaknesses, and depending on your strategy, you could choose the most appropriate one. The game features a tutorial option, in which you get to learn various tips, strategies and tricks about playing the game as well as new areas for you to explore. It even provides a list of the earlier level stages for you to enjoy. The game has an inventory system, so you need to learn how to use it before you start playing.
As a participant of the Mugen Tournament, you should choose your character wisely. You should pick your character according to the strength you think he/she would have in a Mugen tournament match, and after selecting it, you could then engage into a battle. Zoning is one of the major factors of success in this game, and the higher the level of the zoning character, the easier it will be to win the match and move on to the next stage. Also, you should not forget that there are special items/weapons in the game, so you should learn how to utilize them properly.