Air Diver is a combat flight simulator similar to After Burner, played in first-person view (from inside the cockpit). The player must pilot the fictional F-119D Stealth Fighter against terrorists operating out of the Middle East, waging a constant battle against U.S. forces and backed by several hostile governments, including the Soviet Union (although the back of the US package says that the terrorists are backed by extraterrestrial beings). Players must use their stealth capabilities to evade detection and free the globe from torment by oppressive anti-American regimes.
Boss fights are similar to those in other arcade combat flight simulator games. The player's score is tabulated similarly to games found in video arcades. Missions can take place either during the day or at night.