In the same style of other toon-based games like Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters and Disney's Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers, Woody Woodpecker: Escape from Buzz Buzzard brings the famous Universal Studios' character Woody, his nephew Knothead and niece Splinter to Buzz Buzzard dangerous "amusement" park. First, playing as Woody, the player must rescue the kids from this weird park. After that, these characters are unlocked and can be controlled to continue the game story.
The game is an action platformer in which the protagonists traverse cartoon-like 3D levels composed out of passages, platforms, and bridges. Extra lives are scattered through the stages, and can also be won by playing slot machines. The stages contain many hazards and traps with light puzzle-solving elements. Woody's trademark beak can be used to fend off enemies, climb wooden boxes, open doors, and trigger switches.