Rebel Raiders: Operation Nighthawk is a futuristic action flight simulator. In the future mankind has taken control of the solar system and is ruled by the tyrannical Union of World Nations. The player is on the side of the rebellious Alliance of Independent States who continuously combat the UWN through air combat. The game comes with 16 levels in which the player has to fight for freedom.
The player can choose from twenty available combat aircraft to fly with. Using machine guns and various missiles the player has to destroy enemy vehicles and structures to complete missions. Destroying enemy objectives also replenishes the player’s shields which keeps him alive. New aircraft can be unlocked through completing missions.