Plays similarly to games like Zelda and Phantasy Star 0. You upgrade your character by collecting essence from monsters you defeat using your staff(stylus). You also find new skills all over that you can unlock by spending essence to learn them. Some of these give you the added benefits of extra life force or strength etc. The game seems to be set in the same time frame as the movie but focuses on a young character from another village. You travel from one goal to another solving puzzles or flipping switches to reach new areas. I like the ablity to save whenever you want while you explore and only starting from the last screen with full life if you die. This game was better than I thought it would be from the description.