The game has two main modes, a multiplayer minigame Showdown mode and a Sandbox mode similar to the previous entries. The word entry now utilizes a word wheel which groups the letters into group of four according to the face buttons with a built in helper that provides suggestions as letters are selected.
The Showdown mode is similar to the Mario Party series where players use progress in minigame victories to advance in the board game portion. The movement uses a set of cards with the player drawing a new card each turn. Some cards have unique abilities that can affect the other players when the player wins the minigame. All the minigames have a bit of scribblenauts flavor in that the players will need to enter a word to work with the presented theme or alphabet letter.
The Sandbox mode plays similarly to Unlimited and Unmasked with the player able to choose one of 8 different themed stages. The goal is to fill the Starite log which will also unlock characters and customization options. Each stage has 10 Starites to collect from various tasks.