Pet Racer is an action-oriented racing game similar to Super Mario Kart. The player chooses between six characters from the animal kingdom, e.g. shark or platypus, and tries to be the first one who reaches the goal. Every animal has its own advantages like better speed or acceleration. Like in other games of this genre the contestants can pick up symbols to give the enemies a hard time, e.g. a wasp swarm or dynamite.
The game features four playing modes: single races, adventure (all thirty courses), extra (five special courses with gimmicks like low gravitation) and split-screen multiplayer.