This is a single player adventure game where you decide the direction of the story. You have been recruited by James diGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat, himself. Your adventure begins with Jim telling you:
"NOW that's more like it. Should you accept this assignment, and you have absolutely no choice in the matter, you will be transmitted by the newly invented, and still not reliable, matter transmitter to the planet Skraldespand. Your task will be a simple one. You will search for and find a certain scientist by the name of Prof. Geisteskrank. Geisteskrank. When you find him you will shake his hand, while pressing the button on this pocket matter transmitter at the same time. You will both return here and that is that."
There is more, but at the end of the briefing, you will turn to a page of your choosing, and have your own adventure.