The plane is equipped with a M61 Vulcan and both air to air and air to ground missiles, as well as free-fall and laser-guided bombs. Available scenarios are: Iraq, Panama, and Korea. Missions usually involve to take out one primary and one secondary target, avoiding attacking friendly targets. The player can receive promotion and medals based on their mission scores.
For its time, Strike Eagle III boasted impressive graphics, although enemy planes are not nearly as detailed as the player's F-15. special attention was put into the terrain and geography, to the extent that real buildings and geographical sites are visible ingame, such as the Presidential Palace in Baghdad.
The enhanced CD-ROM edition included flight missions based on those of the Desert Storm campaign.