Chaos Control is a sci-fi themed rail shooter which puts the player inside the cockpit of a fighter ship. Although the spaceship flight is automated, the player may target freely using an on-screen reticule, timing their shots so that the fighter’s guns do not overheat. Targets across the game’s four levels include mech suits, other spaceships and virtual reality constructs, most of which will return fire in an effort to drain the player’s shields. There are no bonuses or re-charge power-ups for these shields, and play must restart from the beginning of the level if the player’s ship is destroyed.
Enemy positions are predetermined and unchanging. This – in combination with fixed flight paths – means that the player can seek to learn the game’s deployment pattern for each level, defeating them through trial and error.