Prisoner of War is a third-person action game that has players attempting to escape from a variety of prison camps during World War II, including the infamous Stalag Luft and the secure confines of Colditz Castle. As an American pilot named Lewis Stone, players must learn the daily routines of each camp before plotting a daring escape. An overhead-view radar is displayed in the corner of the screen while the action takes place from a perspective behind Captain Stone as he ducks, sneaks, and runs away from his German captors.
In addition to devising an escape plan, carefully noting patrols, roll calls, and meal times, players will also steal cars, destroy communications equipment, and work with a variety of fellow prisoners to distract the enemy's attention. As Stone uncovers more about what the Nazis are planning, he vows to find a way to rendezvous with Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive before it's too late.