Zombie Football Carnage is, despite the name, neither a zombie or a football game. It is an action game in which the football-themed player character has to survive enemy waves by killing all enemies which spawn in. He has three moves: throwing the ball at foes, a power attack (either from the stand or as dash) and using one of two special items. When starting a new game, those items are randomly assigned and, besides powerful attacks, could also be support abilities like a health refill or luring enemies away. Besides money, destroyed enemies may also leave behind more special attacks, but if one is picked up while the player character already has one of the same colour, the old one will be lost. After the inevitable death, earned money can be used in the shop to upgrade the character's abilities. Overall the goal is to get a high-score.