Super Laser Racer is a top-down racing game with gameplay elements inspired by games such as Mario Kart and F-Zero and a graphical style reminiscent of games with vector graphics such as Asteroids.
The game features 12 different tracks. The tracks can be played separately in Quick Race mode or in a determined order through the 4 offered tournaments. At the beginning, only one tournament is available. Each other tournament is unlocked by winning the previous tournament. Some tracks have a complex design, such as several branches or a crisscross area, which will influence the strategy used to negotiate them depending on the race situation.
The player can choose between 12 ships. Each ship has a different strength in each of the following categories: Acceleration, Speed, Steering and Shield. Initially, only 3 ships are available. The others are unlocked through victory in the tournaments.
A race opposes 12 competitors, racing and fighting during 5 laps (by default, it can be changed in the options). Each track has:
Turbo boost pads. These will increase the speed of the ship flying over it.
Weapon pick-up pads. Flying over a weapon pad will give the player a random weapon. Among the weapons are front weapons, such as lasers and plasmas and rear weapons, such as mines and bombs.
A recharge "pit" area, similar to the one found in F-Zero. Flying over it will heal the ship, removing some damage from the damage bar of the ship. The damage bar will increase when the ships goes out of the track, collide with the track boundaries or is hit by an enemy weapon.
Besides the normal race mode, two additional modes are available. Eliminator mode removes the damage constraint but each turn the competitor in last position will be removed of the race. In Survivor mode, the recharge area is removed and the winner is the last one not to have its damage bar filled.