Downtown Chase is played in rounds. The goal of the players is to eliminate Johnny the Quick (JTQ).

JTQ is not controlled by any player, it is the game itself. JTQ moves around the board using a combination of dice rolls.

The players draw cards from three decks, trying to acquire the right combination of location card and weapon card needed to attack Johnny the Quick. When they move to the right location and have the right weapon in their hands and they get close to JTQ, they can attack.

The attack is resolved on a separate board called The Assassination Chart, where the players try to eliminate JTQ using the weapon’s field of impact and dice roll.

Apart from playing against the game, players also play against each other. That is why they draw cards from the third deck, with a lot of options allowing players to gain some advantages or create some disadvantages for the other players.

If two players find themselves on the same field, they enter the duel, which is a street fist fight. Each player has a particular set of skills which can be upgraded by drawing the right card from the decks.

The player who eliminates the JTQ wins the game. If JTQ is still alive after 10 rounds, victory points will decide the winner.