Players control the actions of the main character Fin, who is running through various areas of shark-infested New York City. While he runs, players must weave Fin in and out of three different lanes while encountering various obstacles such as roadblocks, cars, and sharks. Fin can kill sharks with a variety of weapons and some levels require the player to kill a certain number of sharks before proceeding. Each level has three parts: a street running segment, a surfing segment, and a boss fight with a sharknado. During each level players can do things like purchase upgrades and extend their gameplay after death by using gold or chum, which is made available during gameplay or via microtransactions. After successfully completing a level players will be proceed to a new level with the same setting, but with an increased difficulty.