This is an arcade-style fighting game in which players engage in one-on-one battles against characters from the fantasy-based Mortal Kombat universe. Players compete in a series of combative rounds in order to advance to different matches. Players use swords, guns, chains, spikes, and supernatural attacks (e.g., fire, ice, lightning) to defeat a cast of human-like characters. Battles are often accompanied by splashes of blood that quickly disappear. After an opponent is defeated at the end of a match, players have the option to perform finishing moves (i.e., Fatalities) that may result in impalement, dismemberment, or decapitation. Many of these finishing moves depict over-the-top instances of violence: a character reaching into an opponent's chest to pull out his heart; a fighter getting chopped in half. The background in one battle arena depicts human heads impaled on spikes.