Slayers is a traditional turn-based JRPG based on the Slayers franchise. It was launched shortly before the animated series, working from the original light novel series instead for its story. Lina Inverse, the series' main character, awakes without her memories and most of her magical talents. As the game progresses, she begins to recover her powers and meets various other hero characters from the series along the way.
The game uses a combat engine similar to Phantasy Star or Dragon Quest, putting the player character portraits along the bottom of the screen with the enemy sprites on the top. Like Final Fantasy IV, the player's companions join and leave the party for narrative reasons, though the post-game allows the player to select whom they wish.
The game should not be confused with another Slayers game released for the NEC PC-9801 earlier that same year. That game is closer to a first-person dungeon crawler like Wizardry or Shining in the Darkness.