AWOL is a run and jump game similar to Canabalt. The player takes control of a lone soldier who is constantly running forward in an attempt to escape from his enemies. Before him are different obstacles that he has to jump over. The game is a one button game and the player simply clicks to make the soldier jump. The movement is automatic. There are three different kinds of jumps. One click leads to an ordinary jump while holding down the button leads to a longer jump. It's also possible to do double jumps by clicking a second time while in the air. There is a vehicle that the player can take control of. Not only does it move faster, it's also equipped with a gun that allows the player to shoot down the obstacles. It is however only useful for a short time before it breaks down. The aim of the game is simply to run as far as possible without colliding with an obstacle.