Axia is a space shooter in which the player's ship appears stationary on the screen while the rest of the universe moves around the ship. You play a bounty hunter who is called in after hostile aliens start attacking ships in the asteroid belt. The aliens have an array of different types of ships, some of which can only shoot forwards and others can only shoot backwards. Money is awarded for destroying ships and asteroids, and power-ups and bonuses are sometimes hidden in the asteroids.