This is a racing game in which players use Sonic the Hedgehog and other SEGA characters to race on tracks taken from the SEGA universe. Players drive, drift, and "slipstream" their way through whimsical tracks while avoiding moving obstacles and other drivers. Players can pick up various items on the tracks to hinder the progress of the competition; when unleashed, some of these items ("cartoony" mines, rockets, hammers, boxing gloves, etc.) cause other vehicles to spin out of control, pop up in the air, or fall off the racetrack. A handful of cutscenes depict brief explosions from incoming missiles.