Ace Attacker is a top-down volleyball game for one or two players. There are eight national teams available (Brazil, Cuba, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, USA) and matches are divided over six tiers, from an elimination match and three group matches to the semifinal and then the final. The difficulty level of the computer opponent increases in three steps from beginner through intermediate to expert.
The player can only control one squad member at a time, with an option to quickly cycle between them. Team mates not controlled by the player are handled by the computer. A player can be freely moved around the court with typical actions such as the reception, passes, blocking at the net, and smashes. Every action is tied to a different button.