Wiwi's Adventure 3 has largely the same mechanics as its predecessor: the player moves from left to right, jumps over platforms and avoids enemies. While trying to reach the end of the level, there are power-ups to collect: spheres (a hundred reward an extra live), coins (eventually unlock an additional character to use), extra lives, extra health, jetpacks and vehicles which can suck up additional damage (but do not behave differently).
There are overall four characters which have different capabilities regarding jumping and speed. In contrast to the predecessor, all are directly equipped with ranged weapons. In addition to the standard platforming levels, there are levels which scroll automatically, jetpack levels and boss levels. The story still is about retrieving the lost scrolls of chaos.