Modern Combat: Sandstorm is a first-person shooter set in the Middle East. The player controls the character Chief who, working together with a squad, participates in ten missions against terrorists. Missions are linear with scripted events. Different weapons can be used, such as two types of assault rifles, an SMG, an RPG, a sniper rifle and grenades. Some weapons are hidden in crates found along the way. The character is controlled using a virtual joystick while aiming is done by scrolling across the touchscreen.
The game supports multiplayer through two game modes: either Solo (one-on-one) or Team (two-on-two). Multiplayer supports three maps (Back Stab, Bodybags and Hideout) and four classes (Close Range, Infantry, Heavy Gunner and Long Range).