Gate 88 is described by PC Gamer UK as to "Asteroids what the Taj Mahal is to Lego." In this fast-paced, frenetic blend of real-time strategy and 2D space shooter, players dogfight in an upgradable command ship while developing base defenses, issuing squadron attacks, and researching new technologies. Though Gate 88's abstract vector-art is unabashedly old school, Gamehippo.com boasts, "the gameplay is anything but retro. It's new, fresh, and exciting."
Gate 88 is inspired by classics like Herzog Zwei, Star Control, Subspace, Homeworld, and Parsec 47.