- Claim Jumping: collect claim nuggets and defend or overtake claims.
- Rustlin' Cattle: brand and re-brand cows.
- Gold Rush: collect gold nuggets.
- Land Grab: capture and defend a number of homesteads.
Movement is done through a semi-transparent grid overlay that shows the movement or attack range. Big Shot units have the ability to capture homesteads, overtake claims and brand cows, and need to be protected well. When dead, units respawn but this takes a number of turns. Points are called "Scrip" and are awarded based on the outcome.
The gameplay is further influenced through spawning bonuses that improve defence, movement, attacking power, health or luck. This can also be done by collecting and using cards during gameplay, with similar effects. The single-player portion is played from a town where players can visit different buildings. The avatar can be fully customized and the scenarios are shown as a number of unlockable town bounties, rewarded with cash. There are also a number of most wanted challenges against a specific opponent. Multiplayer usually involved ranked matches.
Although the game is free to play, paying customers with a gold account receive more customization options (hats, clothes, facepaint), they can recruit new Big Shot units, visit new towns, and unlock new units and goods.